1958 Mercedes 180D - Classic Ponton Style
Price: - Item location: Tacoma, Washington, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Mercedes-Benz
- Model: Other
- Year: 1958
- Mileage: 97,727
- VIN: 0000A120110851251
- Color: Blue
- Engine size: DIESEL
- Transmission: 4 On The Tree Manual
- Interior color: TAN
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1958 Mercedes-Benz OtherUp for auction: a 1958 Mercedes 180D with 97,727 miles and a clean Carfax history report. This Mercedes is a piece of history worthy of being restored. It has a diesel engine that runs well, ucket seats, nd front disc brakes. It has a great patina as-is for displaying in a restaurant, obby, r classic enthusiast shop, ut given its historic styling and popularity, ou may wish to grace it with a full restoration.
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A Bit Of History
The 1958 Mercedes was part of a series of passenger vehicles produced after World War II. The car was nicknamed "Ponton" from the word "Pontoon" and refers to the pontoon fenders--a post war styling trend that was known as pontoon styling.
There were essentially four types of Ponton cars. The "D" in this model designates a diesel engine. In 1951, ercedes-Benz decided to replace the pre-war model W136 Type 170 with comfort and safety in mind. They designed the concept of crumple zones into the car and received a patent on it in 1952. The designer was a forerunner of modern safety designs we use today when he questioned the prevailing opinion that a car had to be rigid to be safe. In a stroke of genius, e divided the car body into 3 sections and created crumple zones that would absorb the energy of a collision to enhance passenger safety. This design concept was proven in a crash test facility in June of 2010 when a Mercedes Ponton was crash tested and shown to work.
The design is incredible. It has spacious leg and head room, ood visibility, ery little wind noise, nd a large trunk. As one reviewer commented, ...the interior of the Ponton Mercedes vehicles reflect the intuitive functionality, conomic sensibilities, nd driver experience that is typical of all Mercedes-Benz cars."
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