Mercedes-Benz Ponton Data Cards


Overview

The vehicle's "Data Card" is the original build specification sheet (written in German) that lists the date of manufacture, and all standard or optional equipment installed at the factory. The data includes the interior and exterior colors, tire manufacturer, engine number, radio, and more.



Example Data Cards

The quality of copied documents may be sub-standard, which makes interpretation and translation a tedious and cryptic process.

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1954 Type 220a sedan
Courtesy: Bruce Bristow
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1955 Type 220a sedan
Courtesy: Bruce Bristow
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1955 Type 220a sedan
Courtesy: Bruce Bristow

1956 Type 220S sedan
Original data card on left. German (reproduction) in center and English translation (reproduction) on right.
Courtesy: Anthony Tugwell

1956 Type 190 sedan
Courtesy: Duke Pollock

1957 Type 180D sedan
Left: Factory microfilm / Center: Restored / Right: English translation
Courtesy: Hamid Zadeh
 
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1957 Type 190 sedan
Translation
Courtesy: Jeff Miller
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1958 Type 220S sedan
Courtesy: David Steckel

1959 Type 180b sedan
Translation
Courtesy: David Robertson


1959 Type 190b sedan
Translation
Courtesy: Tim Cutler

1959 Type 219 sedan
Courtesy: Tod Alberghini
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1959 Type 220S sedan
Courtesy: James Pancoast

1960 190b sedan
Courtesy: Leonardo Martinovic

1960 190b sedan
Service Booklet
Courtesy: Leonardo Martinovic
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1960 Type 190b sedan
Courtesy: Chris Macha

1960 Type 220SE coupé
Data Card, European Delivery Worksheet, and Invoice (.pdf file)
Courtesy: Harris Kerr

1961 Type 180b sedan
Courtesy: Ramzi Saba

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Common Data Card Option Codes with English Translations

Reference: Data Card / 1959 Type 190b sedan


German to English...

1 Fahrzeug-daten = Vehicle Data
2 Bitte bei Ersatzteilbestellung entsprechende Daten angeben = Please provide this data when ordering parts
3 Bei den Wagenpapieren aufbewahren = Save the vehicle papers
4 Typ = Type
5 Fahrgestell-Nr. = Chassis Number. Typically used as vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in USA
6 Getriebe = Transmission Number
7 Hinterachse = Rear axle number
8 Lenkung = Steering box Number
9 Batterie = Battery
10 Lackierung = Paint color and code numbers
11 Motor-Nr. = Motor Number
12 Vorderachse li. = Front axle Number (left)
13 Rader = Tyres
14 Lenkungsschloss = Ignition switch key Number (literally steering lock key)
15 Scheinwerfer = Headlights
16 Handschuhkastenschloss = Glove box Key Number
17 Polsterung = Upholstery
18 Aufbau-Nr. = Body Number (not the chassis number)
19 Vorderachse re. = Front axle Number (right)
20 Bereifung 5-fach = Tires, 5
21 Tur, Tank, = Door & Trunk Key Number
22 Scheibenwischer = Windshield wipers
23 Auftrags-Nr. = Order Number
24 Besitzer = Owner
25 Wohnort.....Strasse = Address
26 Polizeiliche Zulassung am = License Number
27 Kennzeichen = Registration


Sonderpolsterung = Special upholstery
Sonderverdeck = Special top
Engl. Beschrifttung = English instrument lettering
1 Ruhesitz links und rechts vorn = 1 armrest on left and right front door
Feste Fondsitzbank = Fixed rear seat
Scheibenwaschanlage mit Unterdruck = Windshield washer with vacuum assist
Kennzeichenshhild "USA" = Metal country plate "USA"


Request a Copy of the Data Card

Update / July 10, 2012
Data Cards are now available through Mercedes-Benz owned sales and service outlets. 

July 10, 2012

Dear Mr. Miller,

Thank you for your interest in the vehicle data card for your Mercedes-Benz. We thank you for your understanding that, effective immediately, we can only offer this service via the Mercedes-Benz sales and service network.

The Mercedes-Benz company-owned sales and service outlets and subsidiaries at home and abroad will supply data cards as before - particularly within the scope of parts orders or repairs and maintenance work - but only to the legal owner with proof of ownership.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Thomas Weimper
Archives & Collection
Mercedes-Benz Cars
Brand Communications

Daimler AG
000 / C107 - BC/FA
70546 Stuttgart

Tel. (0711) 17-57856
Fax (0711) 17-53163
e-mail: thomas.weimper@daimler.com


References / Acknowledgements


Created: July 8, 2001 / Jeff Miller
Last Update: September 15, 2015
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