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Mercedes 220SE Review
The Mercedes 220SE was the final model in the Stuttgart company’s ‘Ponton’ series of cars. The unusual Ponton name comes from the German spelling of ‘pontoon’ and refers to a form of car styling that was popular from the 1930s to 1960s. The Ponton design changed the appearance of cars in a fundamental way. Previous designs had separate running boards and fenders, whereas the Ponton cars incorporated these elements into a single body panel. The design resulted in smooth sided bodywork that enclosed the entire car and looks familiar to us today. Production ran from 1958 to 1960 and less than 4,000 models were built. This makes them a fairly collectable car if you have a Mercedes 220SE for sale and are looking to cash in.
The 220SE started life in 1958 as a six cylinder sedan and was also available as a cabriolet and coupé. It had a combined body and frame chassis construction and boasted fully independent suspension. Every 220SE model was powered by the same straight six 2.2 litre gasoline engine. This power plant had an aluminium head, Bosch fuel injection and overhead camshaft. It has a four speed manual transmission mounted on the steering column and was available with an automatic clutch.
The cabriolet version was priced to compete with the Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz model and sold for around $8,000. The interior of the coupé and cabriolet versions were particularly luxurious, with leather upholstery and extensive leather trim on the interior panels. Owners could also order luggage in matching leather. The luxury did not extend to the mechanicals, however, and there was no option for power steering or an automatic transmission. The coupés and convertibles came with whitewall tyres and two tone paint.
Mechanically, the cars are sound and the coupés and cabriolets share most of their parts with the sedan, so spares are often available. Water pumps and exhaust systems tend to fail and the engine mounts could need replacing. They are exceptionally robust cars and if properly restored and looked after can give fairly trouble-free driving. The main problem with the 220 SE is rust. This is especially common under chrome trims and around the wheel arches. Care should also be taken to check the underside of the car.
The 220SE name was carried over for the 220SEb ‘fin body’ luxury sedan and 220SEb cabriolet and coupé models. Production of these models began in 1959. The engine produced 120bhp and top speed was 107mph. 66,000 units of the sedan were built until production ceased in 1965. The coupé sold 14,000 units and the cabriolet 2700.