At $4,000, Does This 1959 Mercedes 190 “Ponton” Float Your Boat?

Good Price or No Dice 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190

Photos from today’s announcement Good price or no dice Mercedes 190 shows a Maserati Merak and a Ford Model A in the background. It could just be seen as a demonstration, but we’ll still have to consider what the Benz has to show for itself.

It was pretty clear both in the comments and in yesterday’s 78% No Dice vote. $38,500 1987 Land Rover 110 Hi-Cap Pickup Truck that many of you are expressing disbelief of a market in which such a thing could exist. As questionable and unpleasant as the price of the Land Rover — and the overall used car market in general — this seems to be our current reality.

Since we’re not talking about it all that much, today we’re going to be looking at a car that appears to be the result of one particular individual’s attempt to create their own automotive reality.

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According to his announcement, 1959 Mercedes Benz 190 is a custom car. This is something quite obvious, even from a quick glance outside. The whole Benz was painted in what appears to be a gray primer. Accentuating this, some flat black sections surround the side glass and cover the rockers. Is this the intended final shape of the car? Probably not, but even in the seventh inning stretchy, it’s a unique look nonetheless.

More mods are coming out to play at night. The headlights received personalized Mercedes stars and additional lighting illuminates the Mercedes mascot above the grille. For a sleeker appearance, the bumpers, front and rear, have been raised, and the car rides on aftermarket alloys that appear to be about a generation out of step with the rest of the car’s appearance.

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Inside, there’s a lot of added wood and a few digital screens. Everything else appears to be vintage W121 and in fairly good condition. The seller claims the car is a racer and has “aftermarket fuel injection configured for reliability” plus a “Freeway Flyer” transmission. I’ve never heard of a Freeway Flyer gearbox for anything other than air-cooled Volkswagens, so that’s news to me.

Now, Mercedes first introduced the W120/121 sedan in 1953. It would become Mercedes’ second post-war sedan design and the company’s first unitary body car. The model brought Mercedes to a more mainstream market than the company’s other effort in the immediate post-war period, the flagship W186 Adenaur. As a result, it was built in relatively large numbers, with nearly half a million produced between its introduction in 1953 and its replacement in 1962 by the W110 “Fintail”.

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Notably, this model also served as the basis for the 190SL roadster, which shared suspension components with it, including the swing axle rear. Consumers dubbed the W120 the “Ponton” (German for pontoon) because of its all-in-one boxy styling. This ‘The 1950s look departed from the separate bonnet and fender look that had been carried over from the pre-war Mercedes 170 cars. The same kind of reaction occurred in the United States with the 1955 “Shoebox Chevy”.

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The mods make sure this one stands out from every other W121 on the road. It’s actually not that hard because you don’t really see many 190s on the road at all. This may be due to the advanced age of the car or perhaps its somewhat stuffy performance. The 110 horsepower (gross) 1.9-liter SOHC four under the hood can’t muster much more than a lukewarm pace. A four-speed manual transmission with synchromesh on all four gears helps, however. Instead of the column shift expected for this gearbox, this one has a floor-mounted lever, sitting in a console of undetermined origin. The wheel is also not original and almost looks like an old Mustang.

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According to the seller, the car has a clean title, has driven 119,634 miles to work and is being sold due to health issues. Given the apparent condition of the Maserati and Model A seen in the background of the ad photos, this is likely the car on the block because it is the one that requires the most work.

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This log has a price of $4,000 on it. We should stop for a moment to agree that you’re unlikely to find a car like this anywhere else, or at any price for that matter. This makes it particularly unique, but does it make it desirable? More importantly, is it worth losing $4,000?

What do you think? East this custom 190 a bargain at this $4,000 asked? Or, does this price sink this”Pontoon?

You decide!

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