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Old 15th September 2008, 19:28   #91
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See both the 170v body styles, they are completely different.
Mine is a convertible (dont know the exact name) this is a hardtop.
Mine is petrol this is diesel.
Mine came from a building garage. this one was at Byculla parsi colony and then went to Harit uncle.
When we got the car it was GTN not BMU, the rest you can ask my brother.
Is it possible that two cars (similar models) have the same registration? Anyways, nice restoration of the GTN / BMU Merc. I am confused.
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My dad's just picked up 2 pontons from bombay. Ones in really good condition but the previous owner but a diesel into it. The other has the original engine but not doing too well on the [FONT='Times New Roman']astehtics. The idea is to make one really good car. Ill check the manufacture years and try and get some photos up soon.[/FONT]
please we wait with bated breath, two pontons from bombay
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please we wait with bated breath, two pontons from bombay
I am not in town, but i will try and get him to take some photos. Dont expect much - they are both to go thru their restoration process. Karl hasnt seen the cars, but he knows where they are.
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My apologies they are actually 62 Fintails. Just called up home to try and get some photos and got corrected. Sorry if i got your hopes up.
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My apologies they are actually 62 Fintails. Just called up home to try and get some photos and got corrected. Sorry if i got your hopes up.
ahh not the green one and the blue one is it?
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My apologies they are actually 62 Fintails
Congrats Sameer, on getting two Merc classics. I could not believe it when you said, you had picked up not one but two Pontons.

The Heckflosse is a great car and if restored correctly will drive like a dream and be serve you like a Jeep
Since you specified that they are fintails, I believe this could be one of your cars

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Congrats Sameer, on getting two Merc classics. I could not believe it when you said, you had picked up not one but two Pontons.

The Heckflosse is a great car and if restored correctly will drive like a dream and be serve you like a Jeep
Since you specified that they are fintails, I believe this could be one of your cars

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thats one of them, the other one is blue if i am not mistaken.
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While at my research (non car related) I came across this photograph. look behind the obvious 300SL owned by the Gondals, you will find a Ponton 220SE, I have no knowledge of a 220SE having ever existed in India. Gogi, Karl, Harit? do you have any knowledge of the whereabouts of this car, if it still exists today.

Find below a 220SE in profile for your reference. If I am not mistaken BML 7885 is a 57 registration. the car appears to be a cabriolet.
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While at my research (non car related) I came across this photograph. look behind the obvious 300SL owned by the Gondals, you will find a Ponton 220SE, I have no knowledge of a 220SE having ever existed in India. Gogi, Karl, Harit? do you have any knowledge of the whereabouts of this car, if it still exists today.
What a fabulous picture. Check Bombay RTO records, it might be alive. Doesn't the car look very tall to you?
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What a fabulous picture. Check Bombay RTO records, it might be alive. Doesn't the car look very tall to you?
While the standard pontons had 13" rims this car may have had 15" rims, they were options for Pontons shipped to developing countries like India and South Africa. But this one is a Left hand drive probably imported with the 300SL from the US.

When you come to Bombay you can join me at the RTO need to find out about the Balilla as well. This record must be somewhere next to my BML8988 file.
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Harit to the rescue!

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The convertible Ponton must be alive and well, she came to a rally about 12 years ago and looked good. She is owned by a Bawajee! And I am sure never for sale. Amol guessed correctly who could come up with info so fast, only he should reverse the order where old history is concerned. Now I would like to know what is he researching, palm trees? He he.
Seriously, this is a very nice picture, must have been taken in the early 1960's (how clever). Please tell more, Mr. Mole! Just like the ever evasive gullwing, there is supposed to be a second such car in India, Ahmedabad and Amravati have been mentioned, and red colour.
About the registration, the number is the same as in the old pic. Now about the visit to RTO. Today you cannot just walk to RTO and get info. Then the records are missing. I have lots of old pictures of very interesting cars with Bombay registration numbers. But we could not locate the records. Also, there was a fire a couple of years ago. While there may be cars on the road with books upto date, the records are not avalable. So do not bother to go to RTO to find records of old cars. 10 years ago it was possible.
I hope that all BHPian enthusiasts are glad to hear that the convertible Ponton survives.
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For added interest, a superb 220S I spotted in Germany outside a VW show.
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Karl, This is what I call Restoration! Only seen in Europe and USA.
Why cant we carry out such finishes? A Ponton cabrio is my dream car. The day Imports are opened for classics/collectors, this is one car I shall Import[and am aware of the going prices there], a 220S Cabrio. The lines looks posture are just too Good.
Is it Vimal Shah by any chance in the BML 7885 snap? I to remember seeing this car about 10 years back in Bombay.

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Here is a hardtop in Pakistan, courtesy the Pakistan club website. Any idea on current status of the car?
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Lovely Pictures by Amol and Harit uncle. The cabrio looks stunning. I have to agree with Scooby uncle this would definately come in desire list if the imports of vintage and classic cars do open up. if i remember right the car is in Pune with a Parsee family. I doubt if it would ever come up for sale but am assured it would be taken care off.

@ Scooby uncle. The person does resemble Vimal Uncle but i dont think it would be him. Harit uncle can clarify this as i have not seen Vimal uncles younger pictures.

@ Karl nice find there. The coupe also when restored would turn out to be a stunner. Yes like Karl says someone please let us know the current status of the car.

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