Sold for $92,400 at 2012 Gooding & Company. The Ponton series of Mercedes-Benz, introduced in 1953, is considered the first truly modern Mercedes-Benz built in the post-war era. The 220 was priced well below the 300 Series and benefitted from the same quality workmanship, engineering and design. The 220 was outfitted with hand-fitted woodwork and fashionable styling, and - unlike its 300 Series sibling - was priced to accommodate a wider clientele.
This 220 S Cabriolet was originally finished in the combination of Cream (DB 629) with a red leather interior. It is well equipped with the optional Becker Europa radio, Continental whitewall tires and special equipment for US delivery. On July 9, 1959, the completed Cabriolet was shipped to Indianapolis, presumably destined for Studebaker Packard in South Bend, the factory's official US distribution agent at the time.
Ted Nugent of Holland, Michigan acquired the 220 S in the mid-1970s. About a decade later, a restoration began to return the car to its original splendor. The work was completed in the early 1990s and then was taken to a number of local shows. It was shown at the Mercedes-Benz Club gatherings and earned a First Place at the 1994 Downtown Discovery Days show in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The car is powered by a 2195cc single overhead cam, six-cylinder engine breathing through twin Solex carburetors. The engine delivers 115 horsepower and is sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox.
In 2012, this vehicle was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale, Arizona where it was estimated to sell for $130,000 - $160,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $92,400 inclusive of buyer's premium. By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2012
Sold for $115,000 at 2013 Bonhams. There Mercedes-Benz 220 was an economically important model for the company, comprising the vast majority of cars built, particular for export, in the mid- and late-1950s. The Mercedes-Benz Model 220 was introduced in 1951 and came fitted with an 80 [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2013
Sold for $11,000 at 2016 The Finest Automobile Auctions. The Mercedes-Benz 220S Sedan was introduced at the West German Automobile Show in Frankfurt in April of 1956. This particular example was delivered to its first owner of Eastchester, New York, in 1959. It has had only three owners since new and is an [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2016
Sold for $51,750 at 2007 Worldwide Auctioneers. This 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet was offered for sale at the 2007 Sports and Classic Car Auction presented by The Worldwide Group, in Hilton Head Island, SC where it was estimated to sell for $50,000 - $75,000. It was offered without reserve. [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
This Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet is currently in the care of a very important German collection specializing only in Mercedes-Benz. It was added to the collection in the mid-2000s, having been acquired from a prominent German classic car dealership, [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2012
Sold for $24,200 at 2017 Gooding & Company. The first postwar Mercedes-Benz model, the W180 'Ponton,' was launched in 1953. This particular example is a well preserved and unrestored example from 1959, the last year of production for the 220 S Sedan. This Ponton was built for the U.S. market a [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | May 2017
The Mercedes-Benz 220SE was introduced in 1958 and remained in production until 1959 with a total of 1974 examples being produced. 1112 of those were cabriolets. The 'SE' was considered an upgraded version of the 220 and offered in coupe, sedan and cabriolet body styles.
The 220SE were built with high attention to detail, almost mimicking the 330SC. They came equipped with polished wooden dashboards and door cappings, leather upholstery, and chrome trim. Under the hood was a 2.2-liter engine that produced nearly 135 horsepower and could carry the 220SE to speeds of 100 mph. The use of Bosch fuel-injection meant the increase in power while a reduction in fuel consumption.
A cabriolet, also known as a 'Ponton Series', cost just under $9,000 when new. These were among the first of the postwar, modern, Mercedes-Benz designs. Their styling retained the traditional Mercedes-Benz touches while adapting a modern style that appealed to a wider generation. By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007
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