Top restored Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Ponton Cabriolet.
Type220 SE Ponton Cabriolet
Time of production1958-1960
SteeringLeft hand drive
Engine6 Cylinder in a row
Engine Power 185kW 115HP
ExtrasRadio, White wall tires, Fog lights
Or what was it actually like in those days?
In 1953, Mercedes-Benz presented the first real new construction after the war in the Ponton series – which was a real sensation back then! With an integral body and new kinds of safety elements such as crumple zones and safety steering columns it is a milestone in automotive manufacturing. As the luxury class model of the series, the new 220 series followed in 1954 with an extended undercarriage, which was 23 centimetres longer than the W 187 predecessor series. From 1956, Mercedes-Benz also once again offered elegant coupe and cabriolet versions in this series. The cabriolet structure without roof bars repre-sented a special challenge for the constructors and production in terms of the integral body and made an extra strip of floor pan necessary in order to avoid distortions. The exclusive small series were produced by hand and were characterised by a high processing quality. Thanks to the Ponton series, after the war Mercedes was able to once again position itself as a manufacturer of particularly high-quality vehicles. The basic price of the cabriolet was, at DM 23,400, almost double that of the price of the saloon at DM 12,500 due to the costly production. Only 1,112 units of the 220 SE Cabriolet with the prestigious injection engine were ever produced.
Or what is it like to drive?
As a top-of-the-range vehicle in the fifties, it still can be used for comfortable traveling and enjoyable outings without problems. The result of a shopping spree disappears in the generous trunk just as effortlessly as extensive luggage. Due to the large-scale production technology, the convertible is reliable and easy to maintain. At rallyes and events it looks particularly elegant in this two - tone color combination with the matching black interior, the noble burl wood applications and the dark fabric top. A dream convertible that always attracts attention and will give its owners decades of enjoyment in driving and at events in this dreamlike state. It is certainly an attractive investment with high potential for value creation.