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Mercedes-Benz technical literature and reference library belonging to a large club in Germany
In addition to the Mercedes-Benz factory manuals listed elsewhere on this page, the following publications are valuable resources for researching Ponton-related facts and figures.
|The Mercedes-Benz Since 1945 Volume 1: The 1940s and 1950s including 300SL, 190SL and Ponton models 1985 James Taylor / Reprinted in 1991 / ISBN: 0-900549-95-5|
Cylinder Models (pp. 77-89) (13 Mb .pdf)
Six Cylinder Models (pp. 90-102) (12Mb .pdf)
Buying Advice and Technical Information (pp. 131-143) (5Mb .pdf)
|Selected pages (.pdf files) courtesy Thomas Morehouse / June 29, 2013|
Nothing available in print or CD-ROM (October 2012)
For CD-ROM information, go to Mercedes-Benz Classic Center (USA)
Only stocks hard copy manuals in German (October 2012)
Mercedes-Benz Classic Center
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Information regarding the availability of Service Manuals from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center was accurate as of June 1, 2002. The part numbers listed are printed on the documents, and may differ from the order numbers. Contact the Classic Center to verify. Not all printed literature is available in English.
As of October 2012, most literature is available in English on CD-ROM (see elsewhere on this page).
Model 190, 190b
Models 180 to 220SE
Service Manual Model 190 (SM-1207-000). No longer available (NLA) in printed form (from OEM sources). All Ponton owners will need this 992 page manual because it contains repair instructions for all models in the range. These documents are sometimes available from on-line auction sites.
If you own a Ponton model other than a Type 190 or 190b, you will also need the Service Manual Models 180 to 220SE (SM-1201-000). This 622 page manual is described as a "Supplementary Manual to Workshop Manual Model 190" and covers models other than the 190 and 190b if/when the information is different from the 190 manual. Specific coverage: Types 180, 180a/b/c/D/Db/Dc, 190D/Db, 190SL, 220a, 220S, 219, 220SE. The Service Manual Models 180 to 220SE (SM-1201-000) does not provide full coverage for the diesel model Types 180D/180Db/180Dc/190D/190Db.
Diesel engines — The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center does not list the printed edition of Diesel engine manual OM 636 and OM 621 (SM-6540-2166). However; it is included with the 2 CD-ROM Service Manual Library Volume 2 set, which is available through MBUSA.
Fuel Injection — The fuel injection systems found in the Type W128 Ponton series models (220SE sedan, coupé, cabriolet) are covered in Job No. 07-10 of the Service Manual / Maintenance, Tuning, Unit Replacement / Passenger Cars starting August 1959 (651 014 02 13). This manual is included in the 2 CD-ROM Service Manual Library Volume 2 set, which is available through MBUSA.
The 75 page 190 SL Supplement to Workshop Manual Type 190 (SM-1204-111) is also available from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center.
The Service Manual for the (pre-Ponton) Type 220 (W187) (7/1951-5/1954) and Type 220a (W180) (Ponton) is also available at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center.
The Technical Data Passenger Cars / December 1957 Edition (S-2588-000). As of January, 2004 this reference manual is still available as a reprint from authorized MB agents. A pocket sized manual (115 mm x 150 mm) consisting of 288 pages. It contains technical data, illustrations and specifications not always found in other factory service manuals. In addition to covering the Ponton series Types 180a/180D, 190, 190SL, 219, 220a/220S (12/1957 Edition), it also covers the Types 170V/Va/Vb/S-V/S/Sb/D/Da/Db/DS/S-d, 300b/c/d, 300S/Sc, 300SL. The book is an indispensable resource for obscure minutiae. Contained are data about capacities and operating materials, dimensions, weights, measures and tolerances, settings, performance curves and much more. Check with your local MB agent regarding the availability of various other editions. There is also a 10/1960 edition (S-2471-000) that covers later Ponton models.
Maintenance Booklet Types 180/D, 190/D, 219, 220S/SE
Order number 6516 0700 30. As of January, 2004, the MB Classic Center offers a Maintenance Booklet for specific Ponton models. In German with English and French translations. Maintenance Booklets "Serve for the documentation of the maintenance jobs and give notes over their extent and time."
10 Mb .pdf
Type 180b and 180Db Owner's Manuals courtesy Charly Denecheau / France / February 2-7, 2013
Type 190b Owner's Manual courtesy Thomas Morehouse / Connecticut, USA / January 30, 2014
Model 220S Owner's Manual .jpg images will print 8.5" x 11" at 150 pixels per inch (ppi)
Owner's Manual .jpg files courtesy Lenna Winther-Saxe / Fresno, California / September 26, 2008
Owner's Manual .pdf file courtesy Brian Nicholas / Oceanside, California / June 5, 2011
Cover for "Catalog C" courtesy Len Sokoloff (source of .pdf unknown) / August 12, 2011
Special Equipment for Passenger Cars (Edition B)
Courtesy Thomas Morehouse / Connecticut, USA / August 4, 2013
Service Manual / Diesel Engines OM 636 and OM 621 (78 Mb zip file) / Index
Courtesy Thomas Morehouse / Connecticut, USA / April 1, 2014
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Service Manuals on CD-ROM (no longer available from Mercedes-Benz)
The 2 CD-ROM set Mercedes-Benz STAR Classic Service Manual Library Volume 2 (QL-6516-5613-02) includes...
The 2 CD-ROM set is no longer available from Mercedes-Benz (March 2014). Contents used here with permission (MB Classic Center / Irvine, California).
Zip files courtesy Thomas Morehouse / Connecticut, USA / March 18, 2014
Other vintage Mercedes-Benz manuals on CD-ROM (current availability unknown)
- QL-6516-5612-02 CD-ROM Early Models (W136, W186, W187) Volume 1
- QL-6516-5613-02 CD-ROM Early Models (W111, 120, 121.010/011, 128, 180, 189) Volume 2
- QL-6516-5614-02 CD-ROM Early Models (W108, 109, 110, 112) Volume 3
- QL-6516-5415-02 CD-ROM Early Models (W100, 113, 121.040/042, 198) Volume 4
MBIG (Mercedes-Benz Interessengemeinschaft)
Illustrated parts catalog: Original-Teilekatalog Baumuster PONTON 180b, c, Db, Dc, 190b, Db (Bestellnummer: L6510000014). 2001/2002 Edition. Soft cover, 90 bound pages, written in German.
Illustrated parts catalog: Original-Teilekatalog Baumuster PONTON 219, 220a, 220S, 220SE Coupé, Cabriolet (Bestellnummer: L6510000008). 2001/2002 Edition. Soft cover, 172 bound pages, written in German.
The MBIG illustrated parts catalogs cover production data, color codes and various data card formats. All sub-assemblies are illustrated (black and white) with current part numbers per the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. Includes a separate soft bound PREISLISTE (price list) (Bestellnummer: L6510002002B) for both 4 and 6 cylinder Ponton models. Note that these catalogs are often sold by MBIG on eBay (and the German eBay site, www.ebay.de). Check with MBIG for price and availability.
Mercedes-Benz SPECIAL One and two-tone special paint finish with standard upholstery 180 - 180D - 190 - 219 - 220S. This two sided, full color folding pamphlet appears to be a reproduction of an original Mercedes-Benz document. Includes color code information as indicated on front cover of pamphlet. Upholstery codes are not shown in color. The printing is high quality. No part number listed. Check with MBIG for price and availability. Also, see the Color Chart page for more detail.
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Automotive magazines and periodicals are an excellent source for current and local listings of parts and services. Please refer to the following sources for listings in your area.
- Hemming's Motor News / Both printed and web publications are good references for Mercedes-Benz vehicles, parts and services