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A Mission to BelieveHans is a man with a mission. But who isn’t? Don’t all little boys want to become a pilot or a fire fighter? Later in life most of them are being caught up by reality with their dreams shattered into pieces. Not Hans, his wish to have owned as many classic Mercedes Benz’s as humanly possible is still alive and kicking.

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Model after model he travels through the history of the infamous German brand, proudly presenting us his latest conquest. However confident he is about his ongoing pursuit, you can hear the doubt in his voice when the love for his Mercedes Benz 219 Ponton takes over. As true Mercedes Benz aficionado he tells us about his life goal and the role this particular ‘lady’ plays in his life. Never forgetting that someday she will undoubtedly leave him. All but to accomplish his dream!

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After the second world war the brand with the three pointed star relived its former glory with their all new Ponton models. Sturdy, reliable and with a very robust appearance. A paragon of German virtue. In 1953 Mercedes Benz introduces its 180 model. With a four cilinder engine that later would be joined by the 220 model with a longer bodywork and a six cilinder engine. To fill the gap between the small and the large model Mercedes introduced the 219 in 1956. An in between that filled the formentioned gap without any doubt. The 219 had a bodywork that would house the six cilinder engine, but as from the A-style used the 180’s body. Easily recognisable by the rear doors without the typical triangular vent. In comparison to the 180 and 220 models this intermediate model never made impressive sales numbers, therefor it is a relatively rare car.

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Hans is obviously very proud of his latest asset, but the inescapable parting with the car already fills him with remorse. Although necessary to pursue his ultimate goal, the idea of selling the 219 breaks his heart. Sometimes life just isn’t fair. For now the final goodbye is still distant future, first every detail of his shining star needs to be put just right.
Dennis Rietveld