MERCEDES-BENZ: The Fifties, Volume 1
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Excerpts from the book:
The Mercedes 220 Ponton (the second Mercedes S-class)
While the new Mercedes 220 a ponton was like the 180 before him a bow to modern (aka American) design, it was not a copy of American ideas, when it came to the engine or road-holding manners. In this respect the car was a true Mercedes-Benz: giving the customer supremacy in quality, performance and agility. While the front suspension and sub frame were shared with its smaller brother, the new rear suspension was a copy of the single-joint swing axle with a low pivot point, which had been originally developed for the W196 Formula One racing car. Not a bad decision and far superior to what Daimler-Benz had offered when it introduced the Mercedes 180 ponton one year earlier>>>What does the book offer:
<<<Together with the longer front and the differently designed hood this made the Mercedes 220 a look far more impressive, especially from the side. And once you had a chance to actually have a seat inside the car, you instantly knew that this car could definitely NOT be mistaken for the lesser version. The amount of real wood that had been applied to the dashboard and windowsills can only be described as very liberal. Even British Jaguars did not have more to offer. And craftsmanship was again a notch up to the already impressive 180 ponton and the previous Mercedes 220>>>
It tells the ponton's complete story (four- and six-cylinder versions). These are some of the six-cylinder topics covered:
* the development and history of the 219/220 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
* over 110 mostly recent non-Daimler AG color photos highlight many of the cars' features, this includes pictures of the suspension
* it looks at their price developments until March 2017 and also
* the rally history is covered with some rare period pictures.
A separate chapter discusses all technical specifications and annual production figures of each model. Enjoy!
Interested to read more about the Mercedes 219 and 220 ponton, its coupe and cabriolet? Please go here for the printed book and here for the e-book. The printed version covers everything about the 180/190 and 219/220 ponton series. The e-book covers the Mercedes 219 and 220 series with its cabriolet and coupe models. If you do not live in the US, please select it from your respective country website of amazon.
The following videos are copied from youtube for your viewing pleasure. Some of them contain cars filmed by commercial vendors. I am not associated with them
MERCEDES 219 to 220 SE Ponton
Mercedes 219 / 220a-SE W105/180/128 (1954-1960)
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