Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
Over 400 photos, videos and extensive documentation of the restoration can be found at the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rimsub3ie7l6s24/AAC_ywmtF6pzzwVf6JclbtFQa?dl=0
1956 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL 1.9L, finished in 681 Weizengelb (Manila Beige) with contrasting red leather interior. The odometer is currently showing 2237km which is the amount of kilometers travelled since the car underwent a bare shell restoration. According to records here in Sweden the car has had just 2 owners including our client, and the chassis number is 1210406503310, motor type M121 BII number 8500195.
The car was sold new in Sweden, first registered 1956-10-27. It appears to have the same owner from this time until 2014, where it was sold onto renowned classic specialist Auto Classica, based in the south of Sweden. The owner reportedly sold it to part finance the purchase of an original AC (our client could not recall which model).
As can be seen from the plate under the hood the car was originally 158 Weiss Grau / White Grey. According to our client this owner undertook a bare shell restoration themselves between 2012-2014, as can be seen in the accompanying folder. This contains photos of the car in various stages, from bare shell through to the interior being fitted, picturing both the owner and his father working on the car. The restoration was done to a good level but is not perfect – let down by the paint in some places, which is now 681 Weizengelb. There are runs, a few rough spots and a small amount of rust coming through, particularly at the bottom of the sill. The restoration also included a complete overhaul of the engine, gearbox, brakes and clutch. Mechanically the car runs well and has been inspected and test driven by our experienced technicians. All chrome has been replaced and the interior was professional re-upholstered by a specialist in the South of Sweden.
The car is an enjoyable drive and presents very well, particularly in this striking colour combination with the contrasting red interior. Considering the non-original paint and colour which has a slightly poor finish in places this is perhaps not a concours contender or collector car but instead a perfectly drivable, fine looking example of a190 SL with good mechanics, ready to be enjoyed on trips and outings.