Don,t forget you will be tested and No it will not be a Quiz.
Phil Goschnick's 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S sedan © www.mbzponton.org
You can set from 1960 with attached hat behind the wheel of a Mercedes 190. Not that this would be important today. But back then it was quite relevant.
50 years ago, was a man of the world, nor a hat. And this was not an obstacle if you look in his pontoon Mercedes
sat, on the contrary, also on the hat was still air. Only the sunroof had to be kept closed, or he was gone, the hat. Driving the Mercedes-Benz 190 of 1960 hardly requires special knowledge. For newcomers, although the column shifter is used to, but it works exactly and without effort. The shift pattern is similar to elsewhere practiced means circuit.
If the motor has soulful choke insert made to run and warmed up, then he turns up willingly and pushes the at least 1260 kg heavy 190s powerfully forward. Of course you can celebrate with 80 hp no acceleration orgies, but who wants to those days already in the rounded Mercedes-how.
The magazine "Auto Motor und Sport" stopped the Mercedes 190 in 1960 with 17.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h, a top speed of 144.5 km / h. This performance is sufficient today, and at 120 km / h is allowed to go at it like. The Ponton-Mercedes is to reduce stress agent, and also one has a hat on ...
From flower vases time
The interior of the Mercedes-Benz 190 looks tidy, and simply lined dashboard with a round instrument for the speed and rectangular ads for fuel load, water temperature and looks like jewelry. Above all, of course, because it's a period-correct radio, a clock and a vase of flowers (!) Is decked out.
You sit high and upright, and do not realize that the Ponton Mercedes is actually bigger than you would have thought. The basic mass are 4.5 x 1.74 x 1.56 meters, the later
-Benz 190 E undercutting them in the height significantly in length and width each by a few centimeters. The space economy is still good, especially in the width, and even behind you sitting comfortably. And what modern car creates it already, six persons to be accommodated in two rows, without looking like a spacecraft?
The first Erlkönig
The history of Mercedes-Benz 190 began with the presentation of its smaller brother, the 180, as W120 in August 1953 But it actually began a bit earlier, because a year earlier, the magazine "Auto Motor und Sport" an image of highly anticipated model published, together with an on Goethe's "Erlkönig" reminiscent poem: "Who goes there so quickly by rain and wind? Is it a street cruiser from over there, who remained only in the extent or even Daimler's youngest child? The silent observer would not wonder if that drastic new model that even the photographer to quickly, otherwise would be when the Son of <three hundred. '"
The manufacturer Daimler-Benz was not happy about it, but the public and especially the media landscape allowed themselves the "Erlkönig" -Pictures because so afterwards pictures of Vorserienautos and prototypes were commonly called, no longer take.
Car buyers had good reason to look forward to the new Mercedes sedan. The W120 series was the entry of Mercedes in the modern age. Unlike its predecessors, the new car had a unitized body, whose design is dictated by the latest design trends.
But Mercedes Mercedes would not have been if they had not combined the best of both worlds. In this case, the result was said floor assembly, and was then the body has been welded. This had a high torsional rigidity result and more noise comfort, as they offered the self-supporting bodies of the competition. Engine, transmission and front axle were arranged on a so-called subframe, the rear wheels were hanging on a swing axle with longitudinal beams.
The Whole Nine Yards
50 kg lighter, the new body had become in comparison to the chassis design of the predecessor 170 S, they had about a fifth more interior space and made room for 75 percent more luggage space. The result was extremely stable, which then showed crash tests. The frame body combination convinced such that all of the following vehicles and followed up with the Mercedes-Benz 600 of the same design.
A change came in 1956 with the Mercedes-Benz 190 He bore the engine with overhead camshaft from the 190 SL behind the radiator, but equipped with only one Solexvergaser. 75 bhp four-cylinder, and it enabled significantly improved driving performance. The difference appeared along with the ribbed "turbo-cooled" brake drums and wider brake shoes and the Stuttgart so significant that it internally W121 called him.
The optical differences to the less powerful model remained modest, with a different nameplate and some chrome trim might have been more favorable to spice up the 750 D-Mark 180 in the do-it-yourself method for 190s. 1959 had been resharpened again and helped the engine with higher compression to 80 hp. The same time also on the retouching body were carried out. 13,900 francs now cost the 190b said carriage.
Ideal vehicle for the "Commissioner"
Although he was already a little long in the tooth, but also in 1960, the car impressed the editors of Car Press yet. Two years later, also the last pontoon model was replaced, after 437'310 produced sedans with petrol and diesel engines and 5653 chassis. So the bill for Mercedes was also commercially more than just risen.
In a time when almost every television crime any leading man drives up in a vintage car, the Ponton Mercedes-positioned as an ideal emergency vehicle. Even in his youth he was welcome in film and television, with Franz Josef Wanninger as well as in many other productions, or as a police car, taxi or as a getaway of criminals. The Ponton Mercedes helped the good and the bad, and to a breakdown hardly ever failed a.
The Ponton-Mercedes is popular, his sisters with exclusive coupe or convertible body and better six-cylinder engine are even much sought after and therefore expensive. In the sedans it comes much cheaper depending on the state, already at CHF 25,000 to 36,000, there are very considerable Ponton Mercedes to buy, as this report from the pontoon Manufactory in Munich (http: // www. mercedes-ponton.de/) provided, very clean and original sedan originally Swedish-owned shows.
More information about Ponton sedan, many photos and original documents can be found on www.zwischengas.com .
(Posted: 02/26/2014, 11:44 clock)