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1953-1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 180-220S Ponton specifications


These are generally referred to by their ‘Ponton’ nickname, which is German for pontoon and refers to the slab-sided appearance. The 180 and 190 have four-cylinder engines and were much better from 1957-on when they received an overhead-cam engine in place of the old sidevalve unit. There was also a popular though underpowered 180D diesel option. 220s sit on a longer wheelbase and have six-cylinder engines, so they are of course worth more. These were the cars that started Mercedes’ reputation for build quality and dependability.

Production

  • Production:
    280,807
  • Price at launch:
    £1,694
  • Price (excellent)
    £8,500
  • Price (good):
    £6,000
  • Price (average):
    £2,750
  • Price (project):
    £1,500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    15.2secs
  • Power:
    58.0bhp
  • Torque:
    82.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    25.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, coil springs
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4458mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2650mm
  • Width:
    1740mm
  • Height:
    1560mm
  • Weight:
    1070kgs

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