1958 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

Sold For $196,000

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 18 - 19 JANUARY 2018

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  • Recent restoration of an excellent, original car
  • Rare and desirable Strawberry Red Metallic finish
  • Includes factory hard top and books, as well as some unusual accessories

This 190 SL was originally delivered to Dale Smith, of Ulysses, Kansas, by Economy Motors of Amarillo, Texas. Smith drove the car sporadically until 1963, when he put it away in his barn, and there it sat until its sale to a Kansas-based restorer in 1991.

The car has been substantially restored to factory standards in its original Strawberry Red Metallic (DB543), with a new, tan leather interior (1060), a new soft top, also in tan, and an Ivory (DB608) hard top. The restoration was performed with an eye toward preservation by a carefully selected team of marque specialists. Special care was taken to ensure that the fresh paint has the correct metallic density and that the windshield was replaced with NOS Sigla tinted glass, as when new. The chrome work is also of the highest quality. The chassis was sanded, painted, and sealed. The mechanical work included a rebuilt engine, a new clutch plate, new Bilstein shock absorbers, and two front springs, as well as attention paid to the steering and the fitment of a full, new Mercedes-Benz exhaust system.

Inside, the 190 SL retains its original dashboard and trim, its steering wheel (cosmetically repaired as necessary), its original-type radio rebuilt by Becker, and even the clock works! Recently, the convertible top mechanism received minor repair to ensure it functions properly. Desirable factory accessories include a spare fuel can and the optional plated gearshift knob. The car is also sold with its owner’s manuals, as well as a stand for the hard top.

This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy an impressive open Mercedes-Benz of the 1950s, in striking and unusual colors, and presented in wonderful condition.


Please note that this car is not accompanied by a tool kit.

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