1958 Mercedes-Benz Type 220S Ponton

Chris Williams / Marion, New York

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In the summer of 2000, my daughter and I drove my 1958 Mercedes-Benz Type 220S sedan from Rochester, New York to Janesville, Wisconsin and back — a round trip of approximately 1,500 miles, in honor of my father’s 90th birthday.  The trip was done on interstate highways, and was trouble free.  This really is a great old car. These photos were taken in Wisconsin by Albrecht Stachel of Brooklyn Motoren Werke, Inc., during that same road trip.

This vehicle has an interesting history. It was originally displayed at the 1957 Detroit Auto Show. As such, it includes every "extra cost option" that was available to Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles of the period.

Some of these options include, a beautiful two tone paint scheme, dual Bosch fog lamps, a Webasto sliding sunroof, large dual head rests for the individual, fully reclining front seats, leather upholstery, rear center arm rest, Becker Mexico radio, Hydrak automatic clutch, and more.  Finally, the complete, original tool kit is stowed neatly in the trunk of the car.

There is a non OEM tachometer under the radio speaker which is visible in this photo

A Studebaker-Packard executive was the first owner of this 220S Ponton. Recall that Studebaker-Packard was the American distributor for Mercedes-Benz at the time. 

This graceful, full sized Mercedes-Benz sedan has been in Chris' family for many years

Chris Williams with his father, who bought the car in 1961

Created: August 8, 2003 / Jeff Miller
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