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*Please note this vehicle is titled 1958 and 7503200.
Launched in 1955, the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL sported many of the same design elements as the legendary 300 SL, the road-going version of the 300 SLR that Stirling Moss used to win the Mille Miglia. As such, the 190 SL was made of the very best in distinctive styling, German engineering, and motor sports pedigree available to a much broader spectrum of buyers than the 300 SL’s low production volume could achieve.
This 190 SL is distinguished by its largely unrestored condition, low mileage, and impressive documentation file, which includes a service history documenting its low mileage, original delivery paperwork, and a copy of the factory build sheet. Based in the New York area since new, records suggest that the approximately 23,000 miles showing on the odometer are accurate. Moreover, these records illustrate a fastidious attention to detail by a series of owners, with maintenance and minor repairs being carried out by, amongst others, Paul Russell and Company.
The 190 SL’s exterior presents extremely well, benefiting from a high-quality repaint with good shut lines and gleaming brightwork. In the 1980s, the seats and door panels were shipped to Germany for re-trimming – using proper Roser hides. A Gooding & Company specialist reported on a recent outing that the 190 SL drove extremely well, just as it must have when it was nearly new. Overall, this 190 SL represents an unusual opportunity to acquire an unrestored, striking example of this remarkable design classic. Your close inspection is encouraged.