1960 Mercedes-Benz Ponton

220SE 'Ponton' Coupe

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1960
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    White
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Automatic
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Lot No: 319
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE 'Ponton' Coupe
Registration no. BR-235 (NSW expiry 30/9/11)
Chassis no. 12803720003014
Engine no. 12798320000500
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 benefited from the newly developed single-pivot rear swing axle. A shorter wheelbase was adopted for the Cabriolet model that appeared in May 1956 and also for the Coupe introduced the following year when the Hydrak semi-automatic transmission became available as an option. Luxuriously equipped in the best Daimler-Benz tradition, these superbly constructed Granturismos were priced some 70% above the 220S saloon due to the bespoke production method, with each panel fitted by hand. Differences from the more mu