For sale in our forthcoming auction in Paris, on 17 June 2019:
US registered/ EU customs cleared
Chassis # 1210428502568
Engine # 1219218502599
Bodywork n ° 1210428501210
- Extraordinary story
- One owner from new until 2018
- Interesting condition and folder
- Matching numbers
The Mercedes 190 SL was unveiled at the New York Motor Show of February 1954. Under the influence of Max Hoffman, the official importer of Mercedes-Benz in the US, the brand developed this "little sister" to the 300 SL, giving comfort greater importance over sportiness. The 190 SL featured the coil spring independent suspension of the 180 ponton saloon. It was powered by a modern 4-cylinders of 1897cc developing 105bhp, mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox. Its elegance, combined with a sound handling and quality finish has made the 190 SL a real success.
The vehicle on offer is exceptional in more than one way. On the one hand, its colour combination, original as the copy of the Daten Karte attests, is very rare. Indeed, the car features a light green shade (DB218 Lindgrün), a green hood and a special green leather upholstery (Leder Grün 1082). On the other hand its history is special, since it has had only one owner since new. Bought new in Caracas, Venezuela, in March 1959 by a 25-year-old American lady, who kept the car carefully until her death last summer in California, where she had been living since 1961. Repainted in the past and well maintained, with vintage photos and invoices attesting so, this 190 SL has covered 89,320km since new and is in a beautiful state of preservation. It comes with all its manuals, tracing the story perfectly. This 190 SL is meant for the most demanding of enthusiasts.
Auction estimate: €130 000 / 180 000
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