1960 Mercedes Ponton 190b W121

MODELPonton 190b W121
COLOURMaroon Red
LOCATIONNorthamptonshire NN4

1960 Mercedes Ponton 190b W121

Current bid: £1,000.00

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  • UK spec RHD car 
  • 1.9-litre four-cylinder M121 engine 
  • Just five former keepers 
  • Will come with a fresh MOT 
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  • UK spec RHD car 
  • 1.9 litre four-cylinder M121 engine 
  • Just five former keepers 
  • Will come with a fresh MOT 

A bridge to the future. For many, this Mercedes is the first modern Mercedes of the post-war era. The delightful ‘Ponton’ series combines classic looks and legendary build quality with surprisingly up-to-date modern driving characteristics. For that reason and many more, they make great classic cars. 


  • Supplied by William Arnold, Motor Engineers & Body Builders of Manchester 
  • First registered 4 March 1960 
  • Just five former keepers 
  • This Mercedes Ponton 190b has been with our vendor for 10 years 
  • UK spec RHD car 

Mercedes’ Ponton models signified a crucial episode in the history of the manufacturer. With the Ponton, Mercedes entered a new era of styling; the unibody profile, something which is still in place today. 

The W120 was first introduced by Mercedes in 1953. It was sold as the Mercedes-Benz 180. Mercedes introduced the improved W121 in 1956 as the upmarket 190.  


Later models are represented by a lower-case ‘b’ suffix. This signified a range of updates, including improved safety, padded dashboards and steering wheel pads.

  • Very tidy interior trim 
  • Twin spare wheels 
  • Original steering wheel 
  • The original switches, knobs and dials all look very good 

The luxurious interior of this Mercedes Ponton 190b is very clean and tidy. Good quality Mercedes materials are clear throughout. The red seat trim front and rear are all in good condition. All the door cards and chrome door furniture are in place. The carpets are neat and tidy. The headlining is in good condition. The period dash looks fresh and clean.  

It’s often joked that Mercedes massively over-engineered their cars back then. Take a look in the boot and you’ll see a perfect example in the form of not one but two spare wheels.  


The 190 models can be distinguished by the additional chrome trim along the bottom edge of the windows, the three flutes either side of the main grille and other detailed trim upgrades, especially inside. 

Overall, the Maroon paintwork is fine. Get up very close and you’ll spot a few defects. Our vendor is a professional panel beater, he has highlighted the areas in question. They are generally typical of a car built in 1960 that has survived this number of British Summers.  

The chrome is all good. The original features such as those charming wing mounted indicators, original Mercedes hub caps and the colour coded wheels have all survived too. 

Our vendor advises there has been ‘no welding underneath’.  


  • Independent suspension all round 
  • Later models like this one came with the improved low-pivot design to reduce camber changes in cornering 
  • Single joint rear axle 
  • 1.9-litre four-cylinder M121 engine 
  • Chain driven single overhead camshaft 
  • Brakes professionally rebuilt 

The engine bay looks clean and dry. There are a couple of images in the Gallery plus we have a short video of the engine running. Our vendor has also advised that the Ponton will come with a fresh MOT so that gives some extra confidence.


For a car reaching a pensionable age years ago, the Mercedes Ponton drives with incredible modernity. That is due to one thing; build quality. 

The Mercedes Ponton was built as well as anything with the three-pointed star adorning the grille. The pride with which they were assembled is reflected in every last nut and bolt and that can be appreciated even to this day.  

Thanks to that impressive engine and advanced suspension set-up, it’s also a great car to drive. It has comfortable seats and plenty of space inside – meaning friends and family can join in the fun of classic car ownership. 

Everyone can see the rise of Mercedes values over the last five years. The Mercedes Ponton models represent a fascinating period in  the manufacturer’s history. We expect these to follow suit. 

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Vehicle Location: Northamptonshire NN4 – it’s the responsibility of the winning bidder to make collection / transportation arrangements directly with the vendor.

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Bidder Bid amount Bid time
a******************k £1,000.00 2023-05-26 17:50:30
Start auction £1,000.00 21/05/2023 11:00 PM


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