When I first saw this car in town it had more of the badges on the back and I swear it said this is a 219. While this looks the same as the more common 190 or 220 of the same Ponton style I've heard the 219 was a budget model sold in Europe. My dad bought a red one in Stuttgart in 1958 and I spent much of my childhood in the back seat of one of these.

I always thought that it would be my car when I got my license but it was squooshed in a 4 car pileup. While I've seen hundreds of 190's and 220's this is the only other 219 I've ever seen. If it really is a 219.

Mercedes Ponton 219

Mercedes Ponton 219

This next picture is my dad's 1958 red Mercedes Ponton 219. This shot is from some 16mm film taken in the early 1960's. Not in Alameda.

Mercedes219-red