Centre pillar (76)

Unrestored Mercedes Ponton B-pillar covers

The unrestored B-pillar covers

Do also see the article "Choice of material"!

The B-pillars, or Centre pillars as they are called in the spare parts list, are to have leather in the same color as the seats up to the bakelite window frame and above that headliner.

As you can see, the cloth on the cover was in a rather bad shape. What was interesting were the seat cover samples on the rear side of the cover. I’ve seen them on other Ponton’s B-pillar covers. Why they are there I don’t know. But it’s interesting to see what seat covers were typical at the time of my 219’s time of production (the rear seat’s frame is stamped 15 May 1956, see the "Seats" article and the 1st gallery).

  • The Ponton B-pillar covers before restoration
  • Rear side of MB 219 centre pillar cover, 1st sample of seat cloth
  • Rear side of Mercedes Ponton B-pillar cover, 2nd sample of seat cloth
  • Rear side of Mercedes W120 W121 W105 W180 W128 B-pillar cover, 3rd sample of seat cloth
  • Top of MB Ponton B-pillar cover
  • Bottom of Mercedes-Benz Ponton B-pillar cover
  • Rear side of bottom of Mercedes centre pillar cover
  • Bottom of Mercedes-Benz Ponton centre pillar cover

The plan from the beginning was to clean up the cover and plate it. Since there was a lot of rust on it, I had to sandblast it, prime and 2k paint it. The two sets of holes my father have done for the old seat belts was “cleaned” and will be re-used for the new seat belts’ anchor point in the B-pillar.

  • How the bottom of Ponton B-pillar cover is made
  • Side view of W105 W120 W121 W128 W180 Ponton centre pillar cover
  • Front view of W105 W120 W121 W128 W180 Ponton centre pillar cover
  • Rear view of W105 W120 W121 W128 W180 Ponton centre pillar cover
  • Top of Mercedees 180 190 219 220 sedan centre b pillar cover
  • Bottom of Mercedees 180 190 219 220 sedan centre b pillar cover

Painted Mercedes Ponton B-pillar covers

B-pillar covers, sandblasted and painted

Work in progress.... Stay tuned!!