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Lot No. 442 - 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

Estimate: £85,000 - £95,000

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Incredibly glamorous in the 1950s, the 190SL's elegant lines have stood the test of time.
Details Specification
  • A lovely, left-hand drive, 190 SL presented in Graphite Silver with a Bamboo MB-Tex Vinyl interior
  • Imported from California around four years ago and in our private vendor's ownership ever since
  • He has enthusiastically restored the 190, known to the family as Grace, including a colour change from the original Cream to Graphite. The interior remains original
  • Presents beautifully in the metal. Regularly seen at classic car events and festivals
  • We recommend any inspection of this simply lovely 190 SL. One for the driving enthusiast

Built alongside and sharing many of the iconic styling features of the legendary 300SL Roadster, the Mercedes 190SL combined superb build quality with understated styling and a not insignificant, 104 bhp from the 1.9-litre four-stroke engine. An instant hit, the three-pronged star sparkled amidst the gloom of post-war austerity. The 1955 launch of the 190SL, cemented Mercedes-Benz’s reputation as the car manufacturer for those who wanted elegance, build quality and a decent turn of speed. Its hugely successful production ran to 25,881 cars from 1955 until 1963, mainly in left-hand drive form, with most going to the North American market.

This, left-hand drive Mercedes 190 SL, is quite simply one of the very best 190 SLs we’ve ever seen and is presented in Graphite Silver with the original Bamboo MB-Tex Vinyl interior. The present owner has owned the car, known to the family as 'Grace', for just under four years, having purchased it shortly after it was imported from California. Since then, the car has undergone an extensive restoration by the vendor himself, including a colour change from the original cream to a really stylish shade of graphite silver, whilst retaining the original tan interior, the combination of which works exceptionally well in our opinion. Silverstone Auctions really do welcome and encourage interested parties to come and see this elegant Mercedes for yourself and let the charms of ‘Grace’ speak for themselves. Regularly seen at classic car events and festivals, this particular 190 SL is ready for its next owner to use and enjoy. Classic car ownership at its purest and very best.

You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location of Stoneleigh Park (CV8 2LG) Monday to Friday, between Thursday 29th October – 12th November. Please contact Harry on 01926691141/ harry@silverstoneauctions.com to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail. The health & safety of both our customers and team remain the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.

Year of manufacture:
1961
Make:
Mercedes-Benz
Chassis number:
12104010023233
# of cylinders:
4
Transmission:
Manual
Engine capacity:
1897
Body colour:
Graphite Silver
LHD/RHD:
Left-hand Drive
Registration number:
957 UYU
Model:
190 SL
Engine number:
12192810001157
Interior colour:
Bamboo
Odometer Reading:
8222
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