7 Facts

1 Cabrios came with bench or individual front seats, and proper or folding rears. Wool cloth or leather cloth were offered at first, with MB-Tex coming later.

2 All six-cylinder cars had wood interior trim on the dash and door cappings. If the former needs to be restored or changed, it is a windscreen-out job.

3 Specialists say it's rare to find a Ponton with engine problems, so robust are these units. Neglect will cause any motor to wear out, though, so check for excessive oil breathing/consumption, leaks, rumbling and knocking. Cars with aluminium heads can suffer expensive corrosion and head-gasket failure. One for a 220S costs £2600.

4 Brakes gained wider linings, finned drums and even Al-fins during the car's life to reduce fade. Seized hydraulics are common on rarely used examples.

5 Most cars have Solex carburettors, but diesels and late 220SEs had Bosch mechanical injection - it's well built, but not always understood by mechanics.

6 Kingpins wear, as do steering idlers and, to a lesser extent, steering boxes. Front wheel bearings have a limited life, too. All last longer if regularly greased.

7 Swing-axle IRS was hairy on early cars, but was improved on sixes and all from 1956. Driveshafts and bearings wear, and beware a car with a leaky or noisy diff.

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