1962 Mercedes-Benz SL 190190SL Roadster
Year of manufacture1962
To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale event, April 1-3, 2016.
$125,000 - $135,000 US
This example, Chassis # 121 042-10-023 423, Engine # 121 928-10-001 330, Body # 01123, Gearbox # 023694, Differential # 016331, paint code DB 534 (fire engine red) is distinguished by its reported “largely unrestored condition”, and impressive documentation file, which includes maintenance and service history, records of minor cares, plus a copy of the factory build sheet.
Delivered in absolutely dry weather of Fresno, California to the original owner; in 2008 the car was sold to his neighbor - a locally well-known collector of Mercedes Benz automobiles - and second and last owner, who cosmetically – repaint by the best body shop in original fire red - and mechanically restored the car. The engine was rebuilt by Metric Motors Inc. in Canoga Park, California – a company specialized in remanufacturing Mercedes-Benz engines. The windshield got replaced, a stainless steel exhaust installed, endless hoses exchanged with a complete new clutch, removed and resealed fuel tank, new radiator, fresh starter motor and refurbished complete brake system.
The 190 SL's unmolested original panel exterior presents itself extremely well, benefitting from a high-quality repaint with consistent doors, hood and trunk clearances plus gleaming bright work. The beautiful example of the elegant 190 SL is finished in black MB-Tex (104 code) with per data card:
441 – bumper guards
491 – US version
515 – Becker AM/FM radio
641 – white sidewall tires
The original black and yellow California license plates are with the car, demonstrating this 190 SL has been in the Golden State since delivered new. According to the factory supplied data card , the car has been confirmed as a mechanically correct 190SL. This amazing 190SL has the original front fender spot weld pattern, the original trunk floor, a hood stamp and exceptional factory correct panel gaps. The distance traveled showing on the odometer is (according to the owner) thought to be correct based on the car's decades of slumber, although the title has this as exempt. It is also stated that the black vinyl interior is also quite likely original as is the rear carpet area.
In late 2015 the stained front rubber matting got replaced with new materials. The car is “on the button” and starts immediately hot or cold.
1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster