Lot 33

2020   |   Amelia Island 2020

1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

SOLD $92,400


$70,000 - $90,000| Without Reserve


Car Highlights

Remained in the Care of Its Original Owner for over 40 Years
Presented in Its Original Color of Fire Engine Red (DB 534)
Equipped from New with Black Hardtop
Over $60,000 in Cosmetic and Mechanical Work Since 2014
Accompanied by Original Bill of Sale, Records, Copy of Factory Data Card, and Owner’s Manual

Technical Specs

1,897 CC SOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin Solex 44 PHH Carburetors
105 BHP at 5,700 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Drum Brakes
Front Double-Wishbone Suspension with Coil Springs and Stabilizing Bar
Rear Swing Axle with Coil Springs
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Introduced at the 1954 New York International Auto Show, alongside the 300 SL Gullwing, the 190 SL was the brainchild of US Mercedes-Benz importer Max Hoffman.

This attractive 190 SL boasts a documented history and remained in the care of its original owner for over 40 years. The Mercedes-Benz was purchased new in 1961 from Dan Gillum Motors of Reno, Nevada, by local resident Dayton McDonald for $5,406, documented by the original purchase order on file. Originally finished in Fire Engine Red (DB 534), the same color it wears today, it was also fitted with a black hardtop and featured Creme leather upholstery. Records on file document Mr. McDonald’s care for the car over the years. The consignor acquired the 190 SL in 2014 and has spent over $60,000 in mechanical and cosmetic work since then, including a complete repaint, new soft top, new dash upholstery, and other sorting.

This 190 SL possesses many desirable qualities: it remained in original ownership for over 40 years, is finished in its original color and accompanied by its black hardtop, and is generously documented with not only its original Bill of Sale but records for cosmetic and mechanical work. This lovely Mercedes-Benz is an attractive representation of the firm’s iconic mid-century design.