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An Iconic Classic: The Mercedes-Benz 220S Ponton Cabriolet

The Mercedes-Benz 220S Ponton Cabriolet was introduced in 1956 and was built until 1959. The Mercedes-Benz “Ponton” series are a range of sedans / saloon car models from Daimler-Benz, introduced starting in 1953.

The unibody construction of the Ponton series, which utilised pontoon-like elements to form a frameless chassis, gave rise to the name.

The Mercedes-Benz 220S Ponton Cabriolet was built with a 2.2L inline 6 engine that produced 99 horsepower at first, but in 1957, a 105-horsepower engine was added.

The first Mercedes-Benz vehicle built following World War II was the Ponton series. Due to its pontoon-like style, it was given the German word for "pontoon" as its name. Mercedes-Benz made a big advancement with the series since it was the first vehicle use a unibody construction.

Friedrich Geiger and Paul Bracq were responsible for the design of the Mercedes-Benz 220S Ponton Cabriolet. Between 1953 and 1959, the 'Ponton' saloons made up 80% of Mercedes-Benz's total vehicle production,[2] with some models remaining in production until 1962.

The "Heckflosse" or "Fintail" model range took its place as the successor to the line.

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