This '53 open luxury saloon owes its name ‘Ponton’ to the shape of its body, which reminds us of a pontoon of a seaplane. Due to its remarkable design, build quality, reliability and, of course, the class of Mercedes-Benz 220S, it was seen as a standard for luxury cars from the '50s. The Pontoon was not only designed with an eye for design and luxury, but safety was also kept in mind. The car is divided into 3 parts; the reinforced passenger zone and shock-absorbing front and rear crumple zone, which made this car a technical masterpiece at the time. The Mercedes S-class was one of the best at the time, and we still notice that today when we look at the most recent models.
This beautiful specimen on offer was, according to the original receipt, picked up at the factory in Stuttgart on 12/06/1959 by the happy Californian owner. According to the fully completed and stamped service booklet that comes with the car, the owner has made a road trip through Europe, which can hardly be disappointing in a 220S. On 11/09/1959, according to custom’s papers, the car was finally transported to California where the first owner maintained the car with a lot of love and care and remained faithful to it until 2017 (!). Needless to say, California classic cars are the best on the market, due to the dry and warm climate, making this 220S arguably the most excellent on the market. This 220S was finally registered by its second owner, here in Belgium, in 2017. Although this car was still in perfect condition, it underwent a complete ‘nuts and bolts’ restoration to absolute competition condition, with an eye to the original configuration. For example, the bottom plates were retained. According to the data card, the chassis and engine numbers are matching, which is very difficult to find today. In addition, this car is equipped with optional 4 seats, of which the seats are optionally adjustable, which makes this 220S Cabriolet extremely rare.
This car comes with a lot of original documentation such as;
*original order, invoice and delivery document. It is exceptional that such a history is still available.
*service booklet that has been kept since the first delivery and meticulously stamped every 2000km, almost always by the same garage.
*Registration second owner Belgium
Optionally came originally with this car;
*Colour: Graphite-grey 'DB190
*Interior colour: Red 1079
*Soft top colour: black 872
*Sealed beam headlights