Mercedes-Benz Ponton FAQ

(Frequently Asked Questions)



Why are these Mercedes-Benz models called Pontons?

What does that "foreign" word mean?

What is a Mercedes-Benz Ponton "Data Card"?
Is his/her/my Mercedes-Benz a Ponton? What did Mercedes-Benz Pontons cost when new?

Where were Mercedes-Benz Pontons sold in the USA?

What is the hex (Allen) wrench size for the Ponton drain plug?

The hex (Allen) wrench size is 14mm for the following drain and filler plugs:

  • differential (rear axle)
  • gas tank
  • oil pan
  • transmission*

*Use Mercon/Dexron III ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid) in the Mercedes-Benz Ponton manual transmission. The original specification is for ATF (type A). Type A is no longer a relevant classification. Use Mercon/Dexron III.

What is the correct torque for the fluid fill and drain plugs?

The torque specification for the filler and drain plugs is 14Nm (10 Ft-lbs).  See the Tool Kit page for more information on the 14mm wrench.

What is my Mercedes-Benz Ponton worth today?

How do I evaluate a 1953-1962 Mercedes-Benz Ponton for sale?

When and where can I obtain a high mileage grille badge for my Mercedes-Benz Ponton?

As of 2001, high mileage grille badges are awarded by Mercedes-Benz at the following three levels of achievement.

  • 250,000 km (155,000 mi.)
  • 500,000 km (312,500 mi.)
  • 1,000,000 km (625,000 mi.)

Photo courtesy: Jeff Miller

I asked MBUSA about the significance of the large (75 mm diameter) red enamel 200,000 km badge shown in the photo.  I thought that it may have been a "75th anniversary edition" issued in 1961.  Their reply was, "Over the years, Mercedes-Benz has offered high mileage badges of several different sizes and colors, such as blue, black and red with no special significance other than the number of miles being awarded."

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Photos of 100,000 km and 200,000 km diplomas and pins courtesy: Daren Beal (1959 Type 190b sedan) / East Sussex, England / April 29, 2004.

In addition to the badge, the award will include a lapel pin, and a diploma with the owner's name and date.

Applications for high mileage badges are available at your local Mercedes-Benz agent or by calling MBUSA at: 1-800-FOR-MERCEDES (1-800-367-6372)

Do Mercedes-Benz Pontons require premium leaded gasoline?

What is a Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG?

What is an Adenauer? Is an Adenauer a Ponton?

Are there Other Ponton Body Styles?

What is an Ulonite No. 105?

Should the Ponton accelerator pedal have a rubber pad?

What other vehicles did Mercedes-Benz build during the Ponton era?


Created: June 12, 2001 / Jeff Miller
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