The car that offer, manufactured six years after the unveiling of the model in 1954, is part of the second series of the Mercedes 190 SL. The car has benefitted from a comprehensive restoration as documented in photos in the folder. The body was stripped and repainted in the Mercedes color grey, coded DB180. The engine compartment and trunk were painted in the original black semi-gloss. The interior received the same level of treatment with a completely renewed leather interior and new grey carpet. All seals have been replaced, as has the trim on the wings, sills and body. The mechanicals were the subject of a complete overhaul: replacement of the rings, head gasket, timing chain, flywheel, seals and membranes of the carburetors (original Solex), gaskets and membrane of the water pump, scaling of the radiators, replacement of the pipes. The ignition system has been completely overhauled, and the electrical system also (bulbs, dynamo, starter motor, wiper motor). The transmission and front suspension were checked and oil seals, wheel bearings, joints and pivots replaced. A new exhaust system, whitewall tires, a clock and a Becker radio complete the restoration.
The owner, a passionate collector, buys a car to restore every 10 years. His restorations are beautifully done, like his friend and neighbour M. Souillac, whose suggestions he follows meticulously. Mr. Souillac, an iconic personality, is the founder of the erstwhile automobile Museum of Saint-Cere, in the Lot region. It is in this museum that Peter Destic, the mayor of the city, put on display the Porsche 935 K3 with which he competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Hervé Poulain! It is in this same town that a certain Matthieu Lamoure used to live! Sure enough it is a St. Céréen who has entrusted Artcurial Motorcars with a car to sell as a perfect tribute to the auction house!