The blue Mercedes-Benz 180 Ponton (W120) from 1953

The blue Mercedes-Benz 180 Ponton from 1953, 1767 cc, 39 HP, max. speed 110 km/h. The Mercedes-Benz “Ponton” series are a range of sedans / saloon car models from Daimler-Benz, introduced starting in 1953, and subsequently nicknamed ‘Ponton’ (the German word for “pontoon”), referring to its ponton styling, a prominent styling trend that unified the previously articulated hood, body, fenders and runnings boards into a singular, often slab-sided envelope. At the time, Mercedes itself did not refer to any of its cars using the nickname.

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