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Mercedes Ponton 

Manufactured from 1953-1962, the Mercedes Ponton served as a step into the future for the German auto company. The Mercedes 180 served as the first version of the W 120 series and was introduced in July 1953. 

Post World War II served as a critical time for Mercedes to go in a new direction. The result of the new course within Mercedes led to Pontoons providing the public with fundamental elements such as improved automotive safety through enhanced crash protection. 

Until 1959, Pontons made up 80% of Mercedes car production between 1953 and 1959. 

Ponton Design 

“Ponton” as a nickname had more to do with the design of the car. The front end had tall, vertical edges of the wings, large bonnet, headlamps, and a grille that was held together via an upright frontal panel. 

In addition to a wholly revamped Mercedes look, Pontons came equipped with some key technical innovations that included a self-supporting body and independent suspension for the rear wheels. Underneath the bonnet sat a 1.8-liter petrol engine that was inherited from the Mercedes 170 Sb. 

1954 Pontons featured a diesel engine of 1.8-liter variety. 1956 led to a new 1.9-liter engine, while 1957 contained a down-tuned 1.9-liter engine for Pontons that was lifted from the 190 models. 

Styling and technical upgrades continued to be added to Pontons every year until production halted in 1962. The most potent engine addition was a 2.0-liter diesel engine in 1961.

Increased Safety  

A more advanced form of the crumple zone concept initially introduced by Mercedes in 1937 became more developed in 1952 with the introduction of Pontons. Crumple zones were focused within the front and rear sections of the car to decrease energy impact among cabin passengers. 

Safety cell and crumple zones were achieved by the design of longitudinal members that were straight in the center of the vehicle, which formed a rigid safety cage with the body panels. 

Glam W-180 models were inspired by Mercedes Pontons. Between 1954 and 1959, close to 85 thousand models of the W 180 were produced. An additional member of the Ponton family was the W 105 series that were produced from 1956 to 1959. Long noses of the W 180 were inherited while a little body was reminiscent of W 120 and W 121 vehicles. 

W 128 Models 

What classic car enthusiasts consider to be the most luxurious Mercedes Ponton is the W 128 Series that was produced between 1958 and 1960. All of the W 128 models were fit with straight-six, 2.2-liter engines. 

W 128 models had the most extended wheelbase in the Ponton collection at 2819 mm. Most visible interior parts of the 128 were suited with leather, while an automatic clutch for the four-gear mechanical transmission was offered. 

With W 128 vehicles, coupe and Cabrio bodies were offered to consumers. Only 3916 examples of the expensive W 128 were built. 

Part of what makes the Ponton so unique is how it inspired future innovation. 1950s Ponton design elements are in modern Mercedes C, E, and S class models.

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Lev M
11:26 02 Feb 20
People have been telling me to go look at Dusty Cars and I'm glad I did. One day, I took the family round and met Doug, the place is great. We saw some really nice vintage cars and even got taken for a drive in one of them.
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Laura Levato
17:18 29 Jan 20
It's been some time since I've been able to do something for myself and I was looking for something that wasn't going to cost me anything, but still give me a pleasurable outing. Dusty Cars was that one outing. I was able to just look around and take in all the cars around me.
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Holly Barnard
22:21 02 Jan 20
Dear Dusty Cars, Thank you for your hospitality in welcoming us into your dealership. My grandson loved seeing all of your vehicles and committed to star saving his allowance in order to buy one as soon as he turns 21. He's not anywhere near where he needs to be yet, but we'll hold thumbs and keep you in mind for that upcoming visit.
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Gabby Shaw
12:28 13 Dec 19
Doug was fantastic to us when we first arrived, but after he had to go and do something urgently, we spoke to another worker there who took great care of us too. Their customer service is good!
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Gustavo Costa
13:56 04 Nov 19
Upon meeting John at Dusty Cars, we knew we were in the right place to get our new vintage car. The staff was very professional and friendly, they knew everything about all of the cars and were able to help us get exactly what we needed. Thank you for everything you've done for us. We'll definitely be back again.
George Guerrero
George Guerrero
23:42 29 Oct 19
I particularly love the details that the owners pay attention to. There are very few things better than sitting in vintage car with the smell of the leather seats, seeing brand new dials on the car. It's great to see how much care is put into restoring these works of art.
Noé Gérard
Noé Gérard
18:41 21 Oct 19
these cars are so sexy looking. The cars are right outta the games that we play, you can see all the classics just sitting on the floor its just nice to go and look!
Stuart Anderson
Stuart Anderson
18:15 16 Oct 19
I was accessing my father's storage garage after he passed away, which coincidentally, was just across the street from Dusty Cars! I knew there was a car in there and thought it must have been a sign from God to take my car there and sell it to them. It was such a nice experience and I'll go back again.
Jessica Messina
Jessica Messina
05:25 10 Oct 19
The dealership is a wonderful place to visit. Love the cars, love the people, love the dog!!! Even though I'm not a collector of any kind, there's something special about coming to see the love they put into their restoration process.
Glory Oye
Glory Oye
00:09 26 Jun 19
I've always been a lover of classic cars, precisely the 1956 Porsche 356 Coupe, which is considered as the grandfather of Porsche. I was filled with excitement when I saw my dream car listed on eBay by Dusty Cars. I could count almost a 100 stunning pictures of this car on display, with the metal components, the 4-cylinder, air cooled engine and the red leather interior all in good condition. Douglas is indeed a professional; his attention to details is flawless.
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