1959 Mercedes-Benz Ponton


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1959 Mercedes-Benz 190b 'Ponton' Saloon
Registration no. XXE 252
Chassis no. 12101020003515

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 was notable for carrying the entire engine, transmission, steering, and front suspension assemblies on a detachable rubber-mounted sub-frame, an arrangement that greatly reduced noise. This altogether more modern coachwork also afforded its occupants greater roominess and much-improved visibility. The overhead-valve engine of the preceding 170S was retained - initially - for the 180, as was the proven double-jointed swing axle rear suspension, but the 190's power unit was based on that of the 190 SL sports car. The first of its type to feature in a Mercedes-Benz, the four-cylinder, overhead-camshaft M121 engine developed 75bhp at 4,600rpm, an output good enough to give the 190 saloon a top speed of 86mph.

An example of the mildly face-lifted 190b model, this classic Mercedes was purchased by the vendor some 20 years ago and has been used regularly since acquisition. The vendor has carried out all maintenance work himself and reports that the car starts 'on the button'. Benefiting from new carpets, this is a much-loved and charmingly original example that would benefit from cosmetic improvement. Offered with a V5 registration document.