Lot No: 321
1958 Mercedes-Benz 190 'Ponton'
Registration no. DLN-190 (NSW Expiry 17/9/11)
Chassis no. R1210108507082
Engine no. R1219208505819
Introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1956, the 190 saloon was a larger-engined version of the landmark 180 of 1953, Mercedes-Benz's first unitary construction model. Dubbed 'Ponton' because of its high, box-section, side members, the 180/190 bodyshell offered superior resistance to distortion when compared to the separate body/chassis of the preceding generation. As well as greatly increasing rigidity, the new design reduced noise and was otherwise notable for carrying the entire engine, transmission, steering and front suspension assemblies on a detachable rubber-mounted subframe. The overhead-valve engine of the preceding 170S was retained for the 180, as was the proven double-jointed swing axle rear suspension, but the 'Ponton' sported altogether more modern coachwork of greater roominess and much-improved visibility. Based on that of the