Great Uncle's '59 Ponton

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Great Uncle's '59 Ponton

Post by Tazzieman » Fri 20 Nov, 2015 3:40 pm

Hi all. I'm new to the list , and to the brand , and recently bought a '67 W108.

Some childhood memories surround the Ponton of my great uncle , a Jesuit priest who clocked up around 1/4 million miles around Europe in this car he bought new in England.
In '73 on my first trip back to blighty , I had one scary ride in the back seat , driven at high speed down perilously narrow English country lanes.

He did all his own maintenance; he was an intensely practical & smart chap as I recall.

A couple of years ago my cousin sent me scans of slides my godfather made in 1967. He used to make slides , not photos , and of course colour was a bonus back then.
The pics are of a trip to France and Spain , evidently a holy pilgrimage tour with my grandmother and great aunt. They look like they thoroughly enjoyed it , as you would.

The DVLA last records the 220S as being registered in 1988. Likely it was scrapped, but you never know...The car was described as "green" ; I guess a bluey-green.

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His sisters not impressed at his setting fire to the countryside..

Cheers, Paul

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Post by CraigB » Fri 20 Nov, 2015 6:17 pm

Welcome! Love period photos - thanks for sharing.
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Post by Bartman4800 » Sun 22 Nov, 2015 3:37 pm

Welcome from me too!

Great pictures, love the one with his sister looking through the rear window cheekily :)

Did he ride with cardboard on the seat?

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Post by brother benz68 » Sun 22 Nov, 2015 7:14 pm

Great photos and story.

Thanks for posting this.

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Post by T-Modell » Sun 22 Nov, 2015 8:09 pm

Great pics!
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Post by otr002 » Sun 22 Nov, 2015 9:15 pm

Wonderful, just wonderful.

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Re: Great Uncle's '59 Ponton

Post by pastelgrey300D » Sun 22 Nov, 2015 9:28 pm

Some pretty amazing scenery there, what a grand looking ponton too!

Also, that's the most well dressed group of people I've ever seen boil a kettle on the side of the road. :laughing6:
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Re: Great Uncle's '59 Ponton

Post by Tazzieman » Sun 22 Nov, 2015 10:07 pm

pastelgrey300D wrote: Also, that's the most well dressed group of people I've ever seen boil a kettle on the side of the road. :laughing6:
Cheers ; yes well they were extremely well bred and well off , at least compared to most Brits post war.
And Bartman , yes that could be cardboard on the seat but I assumed it was a picnic rug. But cardboard would be useful for keeping your fine clothes clean whilst greasing the underbits - or for helping ignite the gas stove!

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