"The Mercedes-Benz 220A was succeeded in March 1956 by the 220S saloon which was externally almost identical but had an upgraded version of the six cylinder, 2195cc engine giving 99hp which was later increased to 106hp due to the use of twin carburettors. Introduced in 1956, the 220S saloon was one of a trio of new models featuring unitary construction bodyshells employing large, box-section side members, hence the term 'Ponton'; the others being the 190 and 219. All round coil-sprung independent suspension had long been a fixture of the Mercedes-Benz range and that of the newcomers benefitted from the newly developed single pivot rear swing axle. Short-wheelbase coupé and cabriolet versions of the 220S soon followed. Visually, the 220S featured a new one-piece front bumper instead of the three-piece bumper used on the 220A. Also, the twin chrome and rubber strips running under the doors of the 220A were replaced with solid chrome strips.
This delightful 220S Ponton, offered in black with a red leather interior, was delivered originally to South Africa. In right hand drive format, this Mercedes-Benz example was purchased from its original owner and then shipped to Germany in 1990. Whilst in Germany, the Ponton was restored between 1991 and 1992 with the bodyshell coated in zinc prior to painting. Most of the restoration, we are led to believe, was with an ex-Mercedes-Benz engineer; the engine was subsequently overhauled by Mercedes-Benz AG of Neu-Ulm in 1996. Supplied with a V5C registration document, we are advised this Mercedes-Benz 220S Ponton drives as good as she looks."