1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
Engine: 1,897 cc M121 SOHC I4
Transmission: 4-speed manual, fully synchronized
Interior: Tan Leather
The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL and its performance-focused sibling, the 300 SL, were introduced to the American public in February 1954 at the New York Motor Show. While the 300 SL “Gullwing” captured immediate attention, the stylish 190 SL has come into its own as a highly desirable and eminently drivable roadster.
This attractive 190 SL was delivered new to Brownsville, Texas, in mid-1959, and in time found its way to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where it was kept in storage for several years. The current owner purchased the car in 2001, and with its body solid and rust-free, it was an ideal candidate for restoration.
The car has since been returned to remarkable condition by Canadian craftsmen well versed in Mercedes-Benz automobiles. All mechanical systems have been meticulously addressed. The engine and transmission were rebuilt, brake and suspension components replaced, and a new wiring harness installed. The body was properly sanded and expertly refinished in its original color, the rare and very attractive Strawberry Red Metallic. The interior has been refurbished with period-correct tan leather and carpeting along with a new tan top. The car has its original glass, a working Blaupunkt radio, and a clean dashboard with fully functioning instrumentation. The bumpers, hubcaps, and brightwork have all been re-chromed, enhancing the car’s tasteful appearance. Radial tires sit on the original wheels; a spare tire and jack are included. The car has since been sheltered in a climate-controlled garage. A detailed record of work done accompanies the vehicle.
The restoration has been rewarding: this car has won honors in numerous shows, including a People’s Choice Award at the Mosport Concours d’Elegance. Only 25,881 190 SLs were built from 1955 to 1963.
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