Binz Benz: ’61 Mercedes-Benz 190D Universal
You know by now that we have some degree of respect for Mercedes-Benz large sedans from the 50s and 60s. They have this curious nickname, Ponton, because of the shape of the fenders. Mercedes never built a wagon version but they did allow some to be built along with Ambulances and Hearses. Most were made by a local coachbuilder and referred to as Universals. They are very rare and even more so here in the US. Today’s find is really rare because it was originally sold in California by Jim Slemons Mercedes. It has been in California all of its life. This particular wagon was built by Binz and carries their serial number 1552. It is evident that it needs a total restoration and the reward will be a neat, sturdy car but you will likely not recoup your investment anytime soon. But we have some handy readers and readers that might have a business reason to attack this one and bring it back to life. It is originally a white grey car and we can envision what it would look like all nice and shiny. You will become friends with Tom Hanson at Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts Department for sure. Most of the parts are straight Ponton sedan parts and they are widely available at The Classic Center or from many other sources. You’ll save a ton by doing it yourself. Look who’s talking! Click here for the listing.