This 220s (W180 II) was one of the vehicles which informally received the “Ponton” nickname and part of the first series of passenger cars produced after World War II which started Mercedes legacy of quality and beauty. Named for the pontoon fenders this is traditional Mercedes styling is all about. Heck with the Heckeflosse models which came after this design is grace on wheels. Well not this particular example, but the design itself is more Grace Kelly with flowing curves and classic beauty rather than reality television fifteen minutes of fame. Wavy body work in the pictures and the obligatory missing Mercedes Benz standing star emblem, missing drivers side signal lens are to be expected in a car this old, not to mention this cheap. Expect missing parts always. If fact if a car is posted with all parts intact there is something wrong as there should always be at least one screw loose.
With a four speed column shifted manual motivated by a 2.2 liter six cylinder the engine was rated for between 99 to 105 horsepower. Do the kids even know that shifters were column mounted? Do the even understand what a manual shifter is or are gear selector and paddle shifter now the only term kids understand? We need to teach them. With enough power to keep up with modern traffic with planning but slow enough to be exciting if you fear death by SUV and people honking and cursing your presence this car can provide entertainment with every mle. Call this car a life altering state. The photo of the engine bay shows plenty of “patina” and “character” to drive a compulsive person manic. Let it go. Enjoy this for what it is which is an experience and nothing more.
The interior in this car is not full of MB-Tex and is devoid of any/all luxury materials. Early dorm room or post apocalypse is more the condition. Most vacuum out their car but wouldn’t it be liberating to open the doors, grab a leaf blower, and just blow everything out? No muss, no fuss with detailing a perfect interior when this interior is trashed and it’s just going to get dirty again. The photo of the seats reminds you to check your tetanus booster is up to date. Nothing neoprene seat covers won’t fix since the included Webasto sun roof appears to have no roof. Aquatic festivities are sure to follow. A mask and snorkel may be the best accessory. With a missing title you might score a deal from this seller and have fun at the DMV.
Many cars are more than the sum of their parts, this one is worth more as a sum of parts, parted out, and that gives it a unique quality. Learn to be one with the Benz. Anyone crazy enough to purchase a car listed needs to let us know in the comments.See a better beater? email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
A refugee from the frozen north who loves running and water sports, Adam can be found looking for the next slow car to drive fast when he has access to electronics he hasn't immersed in liquids. He is an analog kid not a digital man.