Mercedes-Benz Ponton Photo Gallery

Type W180 (6 cylinder / sedan / cabriolet / coupé)

Including models: 220a / 220S



1955 Type W180 220a sedan with Right Hand Drive (RHD)

owner: Malcolm Wood / Flintshire, North Wales, UK

Photo submitted: January 27, 2014

The photo was taken in late 2013 at Cholmondely in Cheshire, UK

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Additional photos submitted: March 20, 2014


1955 Type W180 220a sedan



owner: Fred Schumacher / Caracas, Venezuela

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1955 Type W180 220a sedan

owner: David Stuart / dstuart39@yahoo.com / Irvine, Scotland

This photo was taken at a friend's wedding in April 2008. This Right Hand Drive (RHD) Ponton came from the factory with maroon paint. The previous owner had it re-painted with reference to the factory two-tone option. The original Becker radio is not working at present. I have only owned the car for six months. I am the fourth owner since new. This car would have been a very brave and expensive purchase in the UK in 1955 as the war with Germany had ended only 10 years earlier. There was a lot of negativity towards German products back then. This attitude no longer prevails today, thank goodness!

Photo submitted: May 1, 2008


1955 Type W180 220a sedan

owner: Carlsson Ng / Toronto, Canada

The Type 220a sedans can be distinguished from the 220S by the lack of a chrome accent strip on the front fenders.  The rear fenders of the 220a had the same accent  strip as the 220S models.  Above: Carlsson's 1955 Type 220a before restoration.

June 2003: Carlsson Ng's 220a after an extensive restoration

Autumn 2003: Carlsson Ng's 1955 Type 220a after restoration

text and/or photos updated: December 10, 2002 / June 5, 2003 / January 10, 2004


1955 Type W180 220a sedan with Right Hand Drive (RHD)

owner: Kwanchai Wacharapairoj / Bangkok, Thailand

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Photos Submitted: September 5, 2010


1955 Type W180 220a sedan

owner: Moosa E. Moosa / Brookline, Massachusetts USA

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1955 Type W180 220a sedan

owner: Franz Rathgeber / Augsburg, Bavaria
franzrathgeber@googlemail.com

Dear Sir,

I am from Augsburg, Bavaria and send you kind regards and congratulations for your excellent mbzponton website. Attached is a photo of my 1955 Mercedes-Benz Type 220a Ponton with full winter trim perhaps being of interest to other friends of our world-wide Ponton community. The car is protected against salt corrosion with Mike Sanders grease and oil so that driving on snowy roads is not too damaging to the car. Otherwise, the nearly four month winter season is not too long for the car and the driver.

With kind regards,

Franz Rathgeber 

Photo submitted: August 5, 2009


1955 Type W180 220a sedan with Webasto sliding sunroof

owner: Bjerne von Schulman / Visby, Sweden

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1955 Type W180 220a sedan



owner: Emilio Castillo Gavira / m146761@yahoo.com / Cádiz, Spain

This car was my grandfather's since new.  It has more than 1,000,000 km on the clock and I restored it completely ten years ago.  I love it because I traveled in it a lot of times when I was a child.

Photo submitted: January 24, 2005


Type W180 220a sedan

Loading a Mercedes-Benz Type W180 220a Ponton sedan in to a cargo plane

Regarding the plane, Dennis Schauber writes, "Judging from the shape of the vertical stabilizer and the American registration, I'd say the it was a Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando. It's a fairly large twin-engine cargo plane that the U.S. flew over "The Hump" (eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains) in WWII. A lot of them went on to cargo outfits after the war."

Photo submitted: February 21, 2010


1955 Type W180 220a sedan with Webasto sliding sunroof

former owner: Marwan Nusair / Cincinnati, Ohio USA

In 2005 Marwan wrote, "From the nostalgia archives, here is a picture of me with the 220a back in the late 1960s. From the appearance of everything I am homing in on 1968 or 1969. Today, car and driver are still together, but with some differences: my hair has not been black in some time, and it is a lot shorter now by choice, there are about 40 extra lbs of me, and the car is in better shape now than it was then."

Marwan Nusair with his Type 220a Ponton sedan in 2007

Photos submitted: November 27, 2005 and sometime in 2007

"My grandfather had a friend of his buy the car during a long visit to Germany in 1955, and then drove it to Jordan with the oval German plate on it. I still remember that since it was so odd to see an oval plate. He gave the car to me when I graduated from high school in 1965."

Regards,

Marwan Nusair

Update: Marwan sold the car in 2012


1956 Type W180 220a sedan



owner: Igor Huygen / Zandvliet, Antwerp, Belgium

Photo submitted: November  24, 2013

The chrome trim on the rear fenders is normal for a Type 220a. The front fenders of the 220a sedans should not normally include chrome trim. Also note that the chrome trim for the rear fenders and doors of a Type 220a is not interchangeable with the chrome trim for the rear fenders and doors of the Type 220S. Comparison photos pending (31-dec-2013).

 

Igor Huygen's 1956 Type W180 220a sedan

The 1953 Esso gas station is near the old Louwman Museum in Raamsdonkveer, Netherlands.

Photo submitted: November  25, 2013


 Type W180 220a sedan with Right Hand Drive (RHD)

Nick Thompson loaner to MB dealer

owner: Nick Thompson / "Somewhere in the U.K." (possibly near London)

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1956 Type W180 220S sedan with Webasto sliding sunroof

owner: Griff Lambert / glambert@sbcglobal.net / Los Angeles, California USA

Griff writes, "I bought the 220S in 1975 from its original owner – a German Mercedes-Benz mechanic who purchased it factory-new in Stuttgart, and brought it to California in 1965.  It has been reliable transportation for me for over 25 years."

Photo submitted: September 22, 2001


1956 Type W180 220S sedan



owner: Dag Storm Henriksen / Norway

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Photos submitted: October 12, 2009


1956 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Anthony Bunn Kasemsup / Thailand

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1956 Type W180 220S sedan

Indran Rajanathan / Toronto, Canada

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1956 Type W180 220S sedan

Andre Zimmermann / Tokyo, Japan

Hello,

When visiting the Ponton Photo Gallery, I scrolled through the list of owners and realized I had not done my part to be included! I purchased this 220S in 1984 in Winterthur, Switzerland. The former owner bought it second-hand from a dealer in Winterthur in 1962. The car is fully restored, and had an electronic fuel pump and air conditioning (A/C) installed. For the A/C, I switched from the original generator to an alternator.

Best regards,

Andre
November 22, 2011

Photo submitted: November 22, 2011 / uploaded: January 12, 2012


1956 Type W180 220S sedan

1966 Type 230 Fintail sedan (left), and 1956 Type 220S Ponton sedan
owners: Elias and Lydia Santos / Orlando, Florida

Dear readers,

We own two classic Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and have lived in Orlando, Florida (fantasy land) for the last 20 years. My wife has owned a 1956 Type 220S Ponton sedan since our college days, and I own a 1966 Type 230 Fintail sedan. The cars have been with us for more than 20 years, and we keep them in the best possible condition. After our daughter used the 220S in college, it was restored – by the M-B book.

My 1966 Type W110 230 Fintail seems like it has been with me forever. It's in original condition, and has never disappointed. We drive both cars to an amusement park and shopping/dining complex called Old Town (Kissimmee, Florida) where there is a classic automobile parade every Saturday. We plan to hand the cars down to our children, and hope they are then passed down to their kids. This website is a great place to read about Pontons, and see all the fine examples from around the world. We believe we are part of this history.

Kind regards,

Elias and Lydia Santos
santoslydiae@gmail.com
December 29, 2013


Type W180 220S sedan with Webasto steel sunroof

Rare photo of a Type 220S Ponton with a steel sunroof made by Webasto.
The canvas sunroof was far more common on the Mercedes-Benz Pontons.

Photo courtesy: Ramzi Saba - Lebanon


1957 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Christopher Craig / Dallas, Texas USA

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1957 Type W180 220S sedan

owners: Udo and Frank Mertens / Germany

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1957 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Andres Porta / northern Spain

Hello,

I bought my 1957 220S Ponton sedan in Madrid, Spain in 1989. It has the original period plate number, and I restored the body in the 1990s, but did not complete the interior. I am considering transforming the car into a rally car for regular local events. The idea is to follow the Monte Carlo rally cars of 1955 and 1956, but I had not discovered any reference photos until recently.

Best regards from northern Spain,

Andres Porta
porta@yerbero.es

Photo submitted: January 15, 2011 / uploaded: January 12, 2012


1957 Type W180 220S sedan with Right Hand Drive (RHD)

owner: Jeff Bennet / Auckland, New Zealand

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I just discovered your website, and think it's great. It contains lots of useful information, which I have been looking for. I am in Auckland, New Zealand and this is my 1957 Type 220S with 238,000 miles.

Kind regards,

Jeff Bennet
May 24, 2010


1957 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Vitalie Didenco / Republic of Moldova

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1957 Type W180 220S sedan

Ricardo Alarcón Jiménez / raj1@aljim.com.mx / Mexico City, Mexico

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Type W180 220S sedan

Loading into ship's cargo hold

Photo submitted: February 21, 2010


Type W180 220S sedan

Loading into ship's cargo hold

Photo submitted: February 21, 2010


1957 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Mark Kurtz / markkurtz@adelphia.net  / Saranac Lake, New York USA

Mark is a photographer with a studio in downtown Saranac Lake. This photo features Whiteface Mountain in the background. On November 25, 2013 he wrote, "I hit a deer with it a few years ago and have been slowly working on getting it back on the road. So, it is sitting in my garage with a new hood and fender but still in primer. I've got the new radiator in the car but I need to finish up the mechanicals and get it running again. Life just gets in the way and so progress has been slow."

Photo submitted: January 13, 2003


1957 Type W180 220S sedan with Webasto sliding sunroof

Gustavo Tostes / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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1957 Type W180 220S sedan

Owner: Patrick Garcia / Louisville, Kentucky USA

This 1957 Type 220S sedan (metallic gray, with red interior) underwent its first restoration in 1986 when it was purchased from a gentleman in Washington. The restoration was about a 7 on a 1-10 scale. I purchased the car in the spring of 2004 seeing that it was rusted out in an empty gravel driveway surrounded by trees. 

Since then, it spent 1.5 years having other restoration work completed. This car is beautiful, and must be seen to be appreciated! I upgraded the wheel size by two inches. These are 15", and the normal 220S wheel size is 13."

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Garcia
Louisville, Kentucky
JPPG007@aol.com
July 20, 2006


1958 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Luca Fronduti La Loggia / Torino, Italy

This is my 1958 220S Ponton sedan. It has 27,000 km and has been stored in a garage for 27 years. I intend to restore her. In Italy, the car sold new for 3,350,000 lire when most people were making 40,000 lire a month. In other words, it was worth seven year's wages to the average Italian worker in 1958. Today, the Mercedes-Benz Ponton is very rare in Italy. I have been visiting the mbzponton.org site for four years, and it is fantastic!

Photo submitted: September 14, 2009


1958 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Jose Luis Gonzalez Navarro / Lleida, Spain

jlserious@gmail.com

This 220S Ponton has been restored and runs well. It is a pleasant driving experience. I also have another 220S Ponton pending restoration. I find the Mercedes-Benz Ponton website to be very useful. For additional information you can send me an e-mail.

Best regards,

Jose Luis

Photo submitted December 28, 2009


1958 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Bambang Witono Angkawijaya / Indonesia

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1958 Type W180 220S sedan (RHD)

owner: Gordon Evans / oldmerc@yahoo.com / London, England

Photos submitted: March 29, 2009


1958 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Martin Putnam / msputnam@yahoo.com / Oakland, California USA

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Photos submitted: January 20, 2002


1958 Type W180 220S sedan with Webasto sliding sunroof

Owner: Bob Bush / Louisville, Kentucky USA
Bob and his bride Virginia on their happy day / April 17, 2004


Photo submitted: January 14, 2005


1958 Type W180 220S sedan with Webasto sliding sunroof

Owner: Frank Stahlhut / Muenster-Westfalen, Germany

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1958 Type W180 220S sedan with Webasto sliding sunroof

owner: Thomas P. Klose / Thomas@Pontom.de / Halstenbek, Germany

Photo submitted: March 12, 2003


1958 Type W180 220S sedan with Webasto sliding sunroof

owner: James Graham / jgrahamdmd@aol.com / San Antonio, Texas USA

Photo submitted: June 22, 2009


1958 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: John Aartsen / British Columbia, Canada

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Photo submitted: February 26, 2007


1958 Type W180 220S sedan (RHD)

owner: Jan Naude / Somerset West, South Africa

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Photo submitted: January 4, 2009


Type W180 220S sedan

Photo taken on September 9, 2002 / Suresnes, France (outside Paris)

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Photo submitted: September 14, 2002


1958 Type W180 220S sedan

Former owner: David van Duzer / Arlington, Virginia USA
David
bought the car in 1970 for $395 and owned it for 28 years.


1958 Type 220S sedan

owner: Kevin Kuhn / Malvern, Pennsylvania USA

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1958 Type 220S sedan

owner: Emil Kuschke / emilk@sintec.co.za / Pretoria, South Africa

Photo submitted: November 11, 2005


1958 Type 220S Ponton sedan

owner: Brian Glusovich / glus@charter.net / Cambria, California USA

Mercedes-Benz Club event (1996) at the Point Sur Lighthouse

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Photo and .PDF file submitted: October 20, 2009


1958 Type 220S sedan with Right Hand Drive (RHD)

owner: Craig Semple / aegeanfoods@gmail.com / Sydney, Australia

Photo Submitted: March 22, 2003

The car is in Sydney, Australia, although I currently work in Turkey. This 1958 Type 220S has a Hydrak automatic clutch. I am the second owner. The first owner (now deceased) drove the car from new until 2002. It has done 101,000 miles and is in fairly original condition.  I believe it was repainted at some time — in the original DB 157G (grey beige). The interior is original red leather, with no rips or any major marks. It was supplied with all the original books, and sales brochures. 

Kind regards,

Craig Semple


1958 Type W180 220S sedan (RHD)

owner: Craig Semple / aegeanfoods@gmail.com / Sydney, Australia

Photo Submitted: July 21, 2013

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I bought another 1958 220S with Hydrak automatic clutch. It has 129,000 miles. Color code is DB 218 (light green). The car is in Sydney, Australia, although I currently work in Turkey.

Enjoy the photos,

Craig Semple


1958 Type 220S sedan

owner: Chris Williams / Marion, New York USA

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1958 Type 220S sedan

1958 Mercedes-Benz Type 220S Ponton rallye sedan. In this photo, the 220S is participating in the "Albis Bergrennen" (hill climb) near Zürich, Switzerland, which was held on July 19-20, 2003. It is an old traditional race, revived again in 2003 after a long break. On a hill climb, you try to drive up a hill as fast as possible. Typically, you have a few trial runs, and then a few race runs.  The best two of your race runs count. Modifications: The engine is a Type 130.920 from a W108 280S, front disk brakes, roll cage, race seats and harness. Planned modifications are: fuel cell, suspension upgrades, limited slip differential.

Best regards,

Stefan Fallet (driver)
October 17, 2003


1958 Type W180 220S sedan

Somewhere in France

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1958 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Kevin van Slooten / Santa Fe, New Mexico USA

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1959 Type W180 220S sedan



owner: Osman Kilic /
Istanbul, Turkey

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1959 Type W180 220S sedan with Webasto sliding sunroof

owner: Dick Hartt / Pasadena, California USA

Photo: 2011 Christmas card. Dick and his wife have owned this beautiful sedan since 1965.

Photo submitted: February 29, 2012 / uploaded March 6, 2012

Rear view / The enlargement (click photo) details the Ulonite 105 reflectors

Photo submitted: January 27, 2003 / uploaded March 6, 2012

Huge Webasto sunroof and DB190G Graphite Gray paint

Photo submitted: January 27, 2003 / uploaded March 6, 2012


1959 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Linda Caplinger / Los Gatos, California USA

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1959 Type W180 220S sedan

Keith Barnwell in 1968 (aged 21 years) with his first Type 220S Ponton sedan

Let me introduce myself. My name is Keith Barnwell and I live in Leavenworth, Kansas 66048. Recently, I purchased a 1959 Mercedes-Benz Type 220S Ponton sedan from El Paso, Texas. In 1968 I had a Mercedes-Benz Ponton like the one I just bought. Both had the Hydrak automatic clutch. In 1968, the National Guard unit I was in got activated to serve in Vietnam. My salary before was good. However, when the Guard unit was activated, I quickly found out that Privates cannot afford a Mercedes-Benz, so I had to sell the best car I ever had. 

Keith's new 1959 Type 220S Ponton sedan

I am now 62 years of age, and have a new toy. The new 1959 220S is not rusted since it was from El Paso. The body and under-side are excellent, and the engine runs. However, it needs some cleaning. The red leather interior needs to be replaced. The paint is fair, but I plan to give it a good paint job. The hubcaps are fair, but I would like to purchase a set that rates good to excellent.

Happy motoring,

Keith E. Barnwell
kbarnwell@kc.rr.com
Leavenworth, Kansas
July 1, 2009


1959 Type W180 220S sedan with Right Hand Drive (RHD)

owner: Christo Loubser / christo@qanam.com / Namibia, soutern Africa

This 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S belonged to my grandfather. I am looking after it now. It has a few bruises from driving on dirt roads all the time, but it is in excellent mechanical condition.

Photos submitted: August 26, 2009


1959 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Matías A. Bombal / Sacramanto, California USA

Matías A. Bombal and Galine
matiasabombal@gmail.com
Master of Ceremonies
Stage - Screen - Radio - Television
287 Cruise Way / Sacramento, California USA

Photo submitted: March 1, 2012

Photo submitted: June 22, 2012


1959 Type W180 220S sedan with Hydrak automatic clutch and RHD

Owner: Doug Meates, Hampton (Victoria) Australia

Imported to Australia in 1959 and purchased by a Gippsland farmer who drove it for ten years before selling it about 1969. The new owner drove it for less than a year before storing it in his shed where it remained for the next twenty five years. A mechanic, Neal Batten from the Sale Mercedes-Benz dealership then acquired the car and completed a three year restoration, selling it in 1997 to Mike Symmons, a Mercedes-Benz Club (Victoria) member. I purchased the car in early 2007 after it had won its class in the Mercedes-Benz Club (ACT) Concours d'Elegance in 2006. I have completed many rallies in the past two years completing 10,000 very reliable and enjoyable miles in that time. Current odometer reading is 84,000 miles.

Regards,

Doug Meates


1959 Type W180 220S sedan with RHD

Pam & Hans Matter / Capetown, South Africa

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1959 Type W180 220S sedan with Hydrak automatic clutch and RHD

This photo has a dream-like painterly quality. Do you agree?

Woolf Israelsohn / Capetown, South Africa

Dear Sir,

The attached photos are of my late uncle Woolf Israelsohn's 1959 Mercedes-Benz Type 220S Ponton sedan (assembled in South Africa) with Hydrak automatic clutch. He purchased the car in Cape Town in 1959, and traded it in on a 1968 Mercedes-Benz W108 250S. Pity he did not keep the Ponton! He owned a further two Mercedes-Benz vehicles — a 1973 280S, and finally, a 1984 380SEC, which he owned up until his death in 1995 at the age of 84 years!

Compliments of the season,

Derrick Lewis
Hout Bay, South Africa
garlik@mweb.co.za
December 24, 2011

Photos submitted: December 24, 2011 / uploaded: January 13, 2012


1959 Type W180 220S sedan with Webasto sliding sunroof

owner: Marcelo M. / southern Brazil

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1959 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Andy S. Hidayat / Paree, Indonesia / February 1974

This is a photo of myself with my 1959 Type 220S Ponton sedan, and my wife, in February 1974 in the small city of Paree, East Java in Indonesia. We were still young then, and had just gotten married in December 1973.

The second photo shows us in November 2009 in Lakeland, Florida. Throughout the years we remained passionate about owning the this style of Mercedes-Benz. When I go back to Indonesia today, I still drive the black 220S shown in the 1974 photo.  

Lakeland, Florida / November 15, 2009

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Photos submitted: July 11, 2004 and November 26, 2009


1959 Type W180 220S sedan with Right Hand Drive (RHD)

owner: John Radford / jkradfo@yahoo.com.au / Australia

The vehicle is No. 127 of the CKD (Complete Knock Down) car series which were built / re-assembled at the AMI plant in Port Melbourne. Australian Motor Industries also built Toyotas at the time.

Photo submitted: December 6, 2005


1959 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Kevin Clemens / "USA Mercedes Team"
Participated in the "Around the World in 80 Days"
rallye from May to July 2000.

Mercedes-Benz vehicles that participated in the rallye: 1956 190 (W121) / 1959 220S (W180) / 1959 190SL (W121) / 1959 220SE (W128) / 1959 220S cabriolet (W180) / 1960 190D (W121) / 1963 220Sb (W111) / 1963 220SEb coupé (W111) / 1964 220SEb (W111) / 1964 230SL (W113) / 1964 230SL (W113) / 1965 190 (W110) / 1965 220SEb (W111) / 1966 250SE cabriolet (W111) / 1967 250SE (W108) / 1967 250SL (W113)

The preparations and modifications that were made to this 220S were covered in three feature articles of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America's bimonthly magazine, The Star.  The issues were: March-April 2000 / July-August 2000 / September-October 2000.  As of November 2003, the car is in the Western Reserve Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.


1959 Type W180 220S sedan

former owner: Ray Ilich / Washington state USA

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1959 Type W180 220S sedan with Right Hand Drive (RHD)

owner: Phil Goschnick / Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia

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1959 Type W180 220S sedan with Webasto sliding sunroof

former owner: Richard Priebe / Salisbury, North Carolina USA

A fine example – won in a raffle!

Photo submitted: November 22, 2002 / Richard Priebe passed away August 6, 2006


1959 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Andrew H. Litkowiak / Illinois USA

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1959 Type 220S sedan

owner: Tony Rossmann / Oakland, California USA

I am the second owner of this Mercedes-Benz Type 220S Ponton sedan, having purchased it in 1973 from the original owner who imported it from Germany to Orange County, California. Everything except the restored upholstery remains original, including the working Becker radio. For more than a decade this car served as my primary transportation working in the Eastern Sierra mountains and desert. It now resides more peaceably in Oakland, California with more than 160,000 miles, more than half of which was accumulated in my tenure.

Tony Rossmann
Oakland, California
ar@landwater.com

Photo Submitted: June 18, 2009


1959 Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Redwan Youssef / Dubai, UAE

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Photos submitted: August 13, 2010


Type W180 220S sedan (RHD)

owner: unknown / New Zealand


Type W180 220S sedan

owner and location unknown


Type W180 220S sedan

owner: Felix Rigoli / Uruguay


Type W180 220S cabriolet


Type W180 220S cabriolet

Paul Russell and Company / Massachusetts USA

Photo Courtesy: Jeff Miller / July 25, 2001


1957 Type W180 220S cabriolet

Bob Gunthorp / Chula Vista, California USA

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1957 Type W180 220S cabriolet

 Ramon Ojeda's 1957 220S Cabriolet (Venezula)

owner: Ramon Ojeda / Venezuela

Awesome page and great effort! I have been following your webpage for the past four or five years. I used to live in Caracas, Venezuela and remember sending you a photo of my 220S cabriolet. I am now living in Florida, and brought my Ponton with me.

Best regards,

Ramon Ojeda
ramonojeda@earthlink.net

new photo submitted: June 21, 2003 


1957 Type W180 220S cabriolet

Former owner (1975 - 2003) Tom Shields / Palo Alto, California USA

Photo Courtesy: Jeff Miller / February 15, 1995

Current owner (June 2012) – Raffoul Traboulsy / Beirut, Lebanon

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Type W180 220S cabriolets



owners: Konrad Schoebel (left / 1958)
Scott Gordon (right / 1957)
South San Francisco, California USA

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1958 Type W180 220S cabriolet

owner: Ron van Seventer / Palo Alto, California USA

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Photo: Jeff Miller / February 1995

1958 Type W180 220S cabriolet with Right Hand Drive (RHD)

owner: Barrie Taylor / barrie.t@tiscali.co.uk / England

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Photo submitted: November 13, 2005

1959 Type W180 220S cabriolet

owner: Len Sokoloff / North Carolina USA

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1959 Type W180 220S cabriolet

owner: Donald Cooke / Don.Cooke@teleatlas.com / New Hampshire USA

Dove Gray (or Arabian Gray). 140,000 miles, newly-rebuilt engine.

Photo submitted: December 6, 2005

1959 Type W180 220S cabriolet

owner: Brad Young / bfordyou@msn.com / Redwood City, California USA

Photo: Scott Gordon / Photo submitted: December 11, 2002


Type W180 220S cabriolet

"Mercedes-Benz In Aller Welt" Issue 2, page 5, September 1956

At the Frankfurt Airport, a Mercedes-Benz Type 220S Ponton cabriolet (weighing over 1,360 kg [3,000 lbs.]) is slowly raised to the doors of a Pan American World Airways Clipper, prior to its 18-hour trans-Atlantic crossing to New York. Notice the two-tone paint job.


1959 Type W180 220S cabriolet

owner: Doug Broome / douglas.broome@verizon.net / McLean, Virginia USA

Photo: Phil Langlois / Photo submitted: April 13, 2003


1957 Type W180 220S coupé

owner: Dr. Wernher von Braun

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Dr. Wernher von Braun with his Type 220S Ponton coupé (circa 1960) in Huntsville, Alabama. Note the bumperette accumulated a couple of creases. Besides being a famous rocket engineer, Wernher von Braun was also the director of Daimler-Benz of North America. Mercedes-Benz of North America (MBNA) gave or loaned him several high-end Mercedes-Benz models during his career in the USA.

English speakers routinely mispronounce Wernher von Braun's name. In German, it sounds something like: "Vairn-er fon Brown" (with a rolled "r"). He accepted the Anglicized pronunciation of his first name (which is an old-fashioned spelling of Werner) and of the von that indicated he was from the nobility, but never accepted "Brawn." Braun means, and is pronounced "Brown" (Neufeld *).

Works Cited:

Neufeld, Michael J. "Von Braun - Dreamer of Space - Engineer of War" Smithsonian Institution, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-307-38937-4. Print.
* un-numbered page, between pages xiii and 1


1958 Type W180 220S coupé with steel sunroof

owner: Malek Mrowa / mmrowa@cyberia. net.lb / Beirut, Lebanon

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Photo submitted: August 9, 2009


1959 Type W180 220S coupé

Fernando Del Valle / Marbella, Spain

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1959 Type W180 220S coupé with Webasto steel sunroof

owner: David van Duzer / Arlington, Virginia USA

After a 15 year search, David purchased the car in January 2006.  He also owned a 1958 220S Ponton sedan since 1970 (see elsewhere on this page).


1959 Type W180 220S coupé



former owner (1987 - 2007): Bob Berman / Rose Valley, Pennsylvania USA

Photo submitted June 13, 2007


Type W180 220S coupé



owner: Philippe de Lespinay / Costa Mesa, California

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Type W180 220S coupé
,
gray 220S coupe

owner and location unknown

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