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Guide price: £95000 - £110000. <p> </p><ul><li>One of just 562 right-hand drive cars delivered new to the UK</li><li>Expertly restored between 1999 to 2001 by our vendor's own Mercedes-Benz approved workshop</li><li>Retaining many original items such as the clock and steering wheel</li><li>An extensive history file with a photographic record of the restoration</li><li>The odometer reading shows some 65,000 miles. Offered with a fresh MOT</li></ul><p> </p><p>Introduced in 1954 as a two-seat coupé with distinctive gull-wing doors, and later offered as an open roadster, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL was the first iteration of the SL-Class grand tourer and the fastest production car of its day. Hugely successful in Europe and across the pond, coupé and roadster production topped out at 3,258 cars. Its successor, the 190 SL, combined superb build quality with understated styling and a not insignificant 104bhp from the 1.9-litre four stroke engine. The 1955 launch of the 190 SL cemented Mercedes-Benz's reputation as the car manufacturer for those who wanted elegance, build quality and a good turn of speed. Unsurprisingly most of the 26,000 units were sold to the North American market and just some 562 were made in right-hand drive for the UK market, with only 150 coming to these shores in 1960.</p><p>Believed first registered to the car’s first owner in the Isle of Man as “591 COL” in 1960, this delightful right-hand drive example was to spend some two years in California in the care of a Dr Freeman of California. The car was repatriated on the 10th October 1991 and registered JSK 381, the plate it wears today. Offered in part exchange at a local Mercedes-Benz main dealer it was bought by our vendor as a gift for his father in 1999. The car required restoration and, as our vendor owned the Mercedes-Benz approved Chandler Stewart Bodyshop Group, a sympathetic restoration was undertaken with care and precision. </p><p>Many original parts were re-conditioned and official Mercedes-Benz parts were sourced where required. The bodywork was lead-loaded where needed and finished in the delightful period colour of Ivory, a creamy white that really suits older Mercedes, complemented by a red interior and dark red mohair hood. The Mercedes-Benz data card has been requested to confirm original colours and matching numbers and should be available in time for the auction.</p><p>We at Silverstone Auctions know these little 190 SLs very well and it's a pleasure to offer one of the finest right-hand drive cars on the market. Presented to auction with a history file containing numerous receipts, extensive photographs of the restoration, older MOTs, a 190 SL Owners Manual, dealer-issue parts book, bills for recent works, and a fresh MOT. The odometer reads some 65,000 miles but that is largely immaterial in a car of this age and so well restored.</p><div><br /></div>

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