MERCEDES-BENZ: The Fifties, Volume 1

© 2021 Bernd S. Koehling
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Excerpts from the book:

Mercedes Ponton 180
To balance off the higher center part of the hood, the fenders had to be more pronounced than in competitor's ponton cars. Although this made the Mercedes ponton look less modern, it served the purpose well: to attract a more traditionally minded generation, who appreciated that fenders had not been totally abandoned. Although the radiator is lower than on the Mercedes 170, it is still a proud testament to the Mercedes heritage. Designing the Mercedes Benz ponton car into the expectations of those Mercedes-Benz customers was for sure not an easy task. But when one looks at the sales figures of the Mercedes ponton in all its variations, which we will talk about a bit later in this book, it becomes obvious that Karl Wilfert and his team had done an outstanding job>>>

<<<Talking about the engine, no really good news here, as it was still the old flathead M136 four cylinder, carried over from the Mercedes 170Sb. Something the automotive press was not too thrilled to hear, although they universally agreed that the new Mercedes ponton delivered overall a very nice package. Also the suspension, which still used double wishbones in front and simple swing axles in the back like on the Mercedes 170, was not exactly an engineer’s dream in 1953>>>

What does the book offer:
It tells the ponton's complete story (four- and six-cylinder versions). These are some of the four-cylinder topics covered
· the development and history of the 180/190 series with all changes and upgrades
· a comprehensive buyer's guide informs you, what needs to be watched out for
· chassis number and data card are explained in great detail
· should you be interested in the fascinating South African "Bakkie" story, you can read it here
· over 110 mostly recent non-Daimler AG color photos highlight many interesting features, this includes pictures of the suspension
· it looks at the ponton's price developments until March 2017 and
· the rally history is discussed with some rare period pictures.
A separate chapter covers technical specifications and annual production figures of each model. Enjoy!

Interested to read more about the ponton 180, 190? Please go here for the printed book and here for the e-book. The printed version covers the 180/190 and 219/220 pontons. The e-book covers the four-cylinder Mercedes 180 and 190  variations. If you do not live in the US, please select it from your respective country website of amazon.

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