Taking its name from the German word for “pontoon” due to its bulbous style of bodywork, the Mercedes-Benz Ponton series debuted in 1953, marking the German marque’s second completely new automobile design since the end of World War II. worldwide, as well as its first monocoque and unitary body production model. Produced for only a decade, the Ponton models wore a distinctive mid-century appearance and unmistakable design that was eventually phased out in favor of the more modern W110 (and W111). These rolling pieces of history have become increasingly rare – even more pristine specimens like the 1960 example that is currently on sale in Germany.
Although badged as 220S, this 220SE packs a 105-hp straight-six under the hood that’s been mated to a four-speed manual transmission – a powertrain that’s only done 58,000 kilometers (36,000 miles) . Along with the ultra-rare sunroof option, the 220SE also features a Becker Grand Prix radio and automatic aerial. This stunning Mercedes was also paired with an equally pristine Austermann Type Knospe-K camping caravan from the same era.
Able to comfortably accommodate eight guests, the trailer – which is one of only 1,300 units ever produced and one of very few surviving examples – features a rare steel sliding roof with the Webasto wind deflector, seats recliners and a 6.5′ x 6.5′ bed. Sold with a matching awning, the trailer is only 4.5′ wide when folded, but opens up to just over 7′. Now sporting matching brown leather upholstery and matching sky blue paint jobs, the car and trailer have undergone extensive restorations that have them meticulously refurbished inside and out.
Priced at €119,000 (~$132,700), this 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE “Ponton” & Austermann Knospe K trailer is currently being sold by exotic car dealer Mechatronik in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, approximately 20 miles away. north of Stuttgart.