PKW4101 220 S und 220 SE "Ponton" convertibles (W 180, W 128), 1956 - 1960

220 S und 220 SE "Ponton" convertibles (W 180, W 128), 1956 - 1960

Two months after the last 220 Convertible A had rolled off the conveyor belt in Sindelfingen a successor, the 220 Convertible A/C, was presented at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. This elegantly shaped new model, had technically been based mainly on the Type 220 a saloon, which had been produced for one and a half years then. However, the chassis was shortened by 120 mm. Deliveries of the aesthetically designed model were planned to start during the second quarter of 1956. However, this never happened, at least not according to plan - an open version of the 220 a was never produced.

The convertible manufactured from July 1956, was based instead on the 220 S, the successor of the 220 a, which had been presented in March. The exterior of the new convertible version was completely identical with the model, which had been presented at Frankfurt. A novelty, however, was the powerful 100 hp engine, taken over from the 220 S saloons. This unit gave the model, which had increased in weight by 60 kg because of the required body stiffness, adequate engine power. Three months after the convertible was launched, a coupé version appeared on the market, which was identcal with the open version except for its fixed roof.

In August 1957, improved versions of almost all types of the passenger car programme were presented, following the motto "even more value at no extra cost". The 220 S Coupé and Convertible, too, had undergone model revision which led to slight modifications and an increased engine power of 106 hp. Visible from outside were only the changed front bumper and number plate panel as well as the modified illumination of the rear number plate, which - as with the saloons - had been transferred to the bumper guards. Remarkable was the new hydraulic automatic clutch "Hydrak", which also had been presented in August, as an option for the coupé and the convertible.

At the same time as the saloons, i.e. from September 1958, both versions were also offered as 220 SE with fuel injection. Except for the engine, the coupés and convertibles, internally code-named W 128, corresponded to their carburettor-fitted sister models 220 S. The 2.2-liter 6-cylinder unit had a different carburation system, compared to the well-tried engine of the 220 S, however. As with the 300 d, carburation was effected via intermittent manifold- injection. A power increase to 115 hp was now possible. Improved driving performance and a more better fuel-consumption of the injection engine was only available at an extra cost of DM 1,900. For another DM 450 the automatic clutch "Hydrak" was available as an option.

 In August 1959, three completely reconstructed 6-cylinder models with "fintail" body were presented and in the same month production of the "pontoon" saloons 219, 220 S and 220 SE ended. The production of the convertible and coupé continued only in the shape of the 220 SE model, however. The last carburettor versions rolled off the conveyor belt in October 1959. From August 1959 the modified injection engine of the Type 220 SEb was used for both models, which due to a straight intake pipe and steeper camshaft now delivered 120 hp.

In November 1960, production of the 220 SE coupés and convertibles was stopped. As their successors, a new convertible was presented in February 1961 and a new coupé in August 1961. With only 5,731 units having been built, 1,942 of these with injection engine, the "pontoon" coupés and convertibles belong to the rarer Mercedes-Benz models of post-war production.

Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet A
1956 - 1959
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Mercedes-Benz 220 S
Armataturenbrett des Mercedes-Benz Typ 220 S Cabriolet aus dem Jahre 1956
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Armaturenbrett MB 220 S
Mercedes-Benz Typ 220 S Cabriolet, 1956 bis 1959.
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MB 220 S Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz 220 S W 180
engine M 180 III, "Ponton-Mercedes"
1956 - 1959
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Engine M 180 III
Mercedes-Benz 220 S
"Ponton-Mercedes", im leicht ausfahrbaren Fahrschemel sind der vierpunktgelagerte 100-PS Motortyp M 180 III mit Getriebeblock, Vorderradaufhängung und Lenksystem montiert, 1956 - 1959
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Mercedes-Benz 220 S
Mercedes-Benz 220 S, 220 SE
Two different variants of the front axle
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Mercedes-Benz 220 S, 220 SE
Mercedes-Benz 220 SE W 128
engine M 127 I 
1958
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Engine M 127
Mercedes-Benz Typ 220 S Cabriolet, 1957-1959 (mit Kennzeichenleuchten der zweiten Ausführung)
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MB Typ 220 S Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet, 1958 - 1960
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Mercedes-Benz 220 SE
Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet, 1958 - 1960
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Mercedes-Benz 220 SE
"Ponton-Mercedes" Typ 220 S Cabriolet, 1956-59; Zeichnung aus dem Prospekt von 1956
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"Ponton-Mercedes" Typ 220 S Cabriolet
"Ponton-Mercedes" Typ 220 S Cabriolet, 1956-57 (mit Kennzeichenleuchten der ersten Ausführung); Zeichnung aus dem Prospekt von 1956
1998DIG64
"Ponton-Mercedes" Typ 220 S Cabriolet
"Ponton-Mercedes" Typ 220 SE Cabriolet, 1958-60
1998DIG67
"Ponton-Mercedes" Typ 220 SE Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz Typ 220 S Cabriolet auf der Schwarzwaldhochstrasse, 1956/59.
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220 S Cabriolet, 1956/59
Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet A, 1956 - 1959
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Mercedes-Benz 220 S
Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet A, 1956 - 1959
Durchsichtzeichnung v. Wörner
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Mercedes-Benz 220 S
Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet A, 1956 - 1959
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Mercedes-Benz 220 S
Mercedes-Benz 220 SE W 128
engine M 127 I 
1958
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engine M 127
Mercedes-Benz 220 S W 180
"Ponton-Mercedes", front axle carrier
1954 - 1960
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Mercedes-Benz 220 S
Werbeanzeige Mercedes-Benz: "Kraft und Fahrkomfort nach Ihren Wünschen", Mercedes-Benz Typ 220 S
1988M1502
Advertising Passenger Cars 1958
Werbeanzeige Mercedes-Benz: "Die grossen zwei 219/ 220 S ...", Mercedes-Benz Typ 219, Typ 220 S
1988M1431
Advertising Passenger Cars 1958/1992
Werbeanzeige Mercedes-Benz: "Programm des Fortschritts", Mercedes-Benz Typ 180/180 D, Typ 190/190 D, Typ 220, Typ 300 SE, Typ 220 SE Cabriolet, Typ 220 SE Coupé
1988M1928
Advertising Passenger Cars 1961
Werbeanzeige Mercedes-Benz: "Er wird einmal so anspruchsvoll sie Sie", Mercedes-Benz Typ 220, 220 S, 220 SE, 230 SL, 300 SE, 600
1988M2745
Advertising Passenger Cars 1965
Mercedes-Benz Motor M 127 I - 220 SE aus dem Jahre 1958
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Mercedes-Benz Motor M 127 I
"Ponton-Mercedes" 115-PS Motor M 127 I -  220 SE, 1958 - 1960
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Mercedes-Benz Motor M 127 I
Mercedes-Benz 220 S Convertible, 1956-57 (with front bumper of the first version).
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Mercedes-Benz Typ 220 S Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet A from 1956
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Mercedes-Benz 220 S
Werbeanzeige Mercedes-Benz: "Ein Programm für alle Wünsche"; Mercedes-Benz Typ 180, 180 D, 190, 190 SL, 219, 220 S, 220 S Coupé und Cabriolet, 300 Automatic, 300 SL, 300 S
1988M1333
Werbeanzeigen Warenzeichen und Text 1957
Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet.
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Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet / W 180 II
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