Wednesday, June 17, 2009

San Francisco Street Sighting - 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S





This Mercedes 220S (W180 II) Ponton is one of 55,279 [sedans] built between 1956 and 1959. The "Ponton" name comes from its pontoon-shaped fenders. Looking like a far cry from today's uberluxury cars, you're looking at one of the earliest incarnations of the Mercedes S-Class. This one shows up every so often outside the Chipotle restaurant down the street from my university. It's a beauty, too. The black paint just looks right on an old Benz like this one. The exterior isn't perfect, but the interior is. Shame I couldn't get a picture of the inside of this car.
What's cool about a car like this is it gets driven regularly. And because it gets driven, it isn't concours, but it still looks really nice from about 20 feet away. And it's a Mercedes, too, so its 50-year-old straight-six is probably bulletproof mechanically.
Eagle-eyed viewers will notice that the front license plate changed between photo shoots, which were several months apart. The custom-painted California front plate was replaced with what appears to be an actual 2004 Aruba license plate. One happy island indeed.

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