Introduced in 1954 at the New York International Auto Show, the Mercedes- Benz 190 SL was the 300 SL’s stylish and more affordable sibling. It shared the 300 SL’s high build quality, as well as its grille shape and “eyebrow” fender accents.
This example was delivered new to Lt. Milton Price of the US Seventh Army, stationed in Stuttgart. According to the consignor, Lt. Price came home to the San Francisco Bay Area, bringing the car with him. He moved to Tacoma, Washington, and then to Texas, and subsequently the car was purchased by Barbara and Alden McElrath of Oakland, California. According to the consignor, Mrs. McElrath kept the car from 1963 to 2011.
Sympathetically restored starting in 1999, with attention to the paint, interior, and mechanical components, this 190 SL has an electric fuel pump and electronic ignition that add increased reliability. Additionally, the car is equipped with a Nardi steering wheel, Kinderseat, and period-correct Judson supercharger, which was rebuilt by Judson specialist George Folchi in 2014. Accompanying items include an owner’s manual, warranty paperwork with early oil-change stamps, radio instruction booklet, and sales brochure.
This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a unique 190 SL with a rich history. Finished in a desirable color with many welcome period accessories, it will make an excellent companion on the open road or at local events.