Thursday, June 13, 2013

5k: Slow Boat: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190D W121

The W121 chassis Mercedes were built from 1953 to 1961 and were badged with the 180/190 series names.  The Ponton sedans have never really appreciated in price, perhaps giving additional prudence to the theory that sedans will never be collectible.  Find this 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190D complete with Webasto sliding sunroof for sale in Edmonton, AB, Canada currently bidding at $6,200 with less than 1 day to go.

The W121 chassis was sold in large quantities by Mercedes after the war and used as taxicabs all around the world.  The name Ponton was given because of the styling of the fenders and is the German spelling of the word pontoon. 

The W121 is powered by a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated inline-4 cylinder diesel engine putting out 54 horsepower and 85 ft-lbs of torque.  All of that power gets transmitted by a 4 speed manual transmission (column shifted of course!) to the rear wheels.

The highlight of this 190D is certainly the Webasto folding sunroof, which will never really be weather proof, but will give you a great open-air feeling on a nice summer day.

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1 comment:

  1. These have the rare distinction of being one of the few cars in history that would still be slow if you doubled the horsepower.


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