FOR SALE: 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190 "Ponton"
South Africa's love affair with the Mercedes-Benz brand goes back a long way, and one of the most popular cars in the illustrious marque's history was the so-called "Ponton". This blue beauty is ideal for someone looking for a restoration project.
Year and Make/Model: 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190 "Ponton"
Engine: four-cylinder petrol
Mileage: 32 787 miles (indicated)
PRICE: R165 000
Produced from 1953 until 1959, the so-called Ponton generation of Mercedes-Benz sedans was the marque's first unibody, monocoque offering, and also a safety leader, featuring early crumple zones and a "safety cell".
This example of the W121 is a manual-shift 190 from 1957, and in mostly original condition, although it has been repainted (a lovely blue hue). It is the ideal car for a buyer who wishes to get into classic Mercedes-Benz ownership with a project, but one which is almost entirely "all there". It is also worth noting that Ponton values are on the way up, so this could be a good investment in the long term.
Inside, the car is original and a good basis for a detailed restoration. Most importantly, this Ponton drives well with good torque from its four-cylinder engine and a relaxing gait (once you get used to the four-speed column shift). The brakes are also in good, working condition.
NOTE: The above information was supplied by the dealer currently advertising this vehicle and has not been verified by SentiMETAL/Cars.co.za.
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