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1960 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

Sold For $123,200

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 17 - 18 JANUARY 2019

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  • Matching-numbers example
  • Photo-documented frame-off restoration
  • Presented in factory color of Hellgrun (light green)
  • Complemented with stunning red leather interior

The automotive world was turned upside down when Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ coupe and 190 SL in prototype form at the New York International Motor Sports Show in February 1954. Both cars had been conceived by American auto importer Max Hoffmann to appeal to the growing appetite for fashionable sports cars in the U.S., and they were designed by Mercedes-Benz only after Hoffmann guaranteed to buy a sufficient number to justify production.

While the Gullwing would figure in the dreams of schoolboys for years to come, it was the less expensive and more practical 190 SL, with its comfortable seats, well-tailored convertible top, and roll-up windows enveloped in lines that echoed those of the Gullwing, that promised something different from the sports cars coming from Europe. Both cars were in production by the end of 1955, and Grace Kelly was driving a silver 190 SL on the movie screen, with Frank Sinatra as her passenger in the movie High Society.

According to the data card on file, this 190 SL was delivered to Capt. Richa of the 7th Army of Würzburg, Germany, on 18 January 1960. Presumably an officer of the United States Army, Captain Richa ordered the 190 SL through the NATO affiliated dealership. Although delivered to Germany, due to his nationality, this model was originally a Special Version for the U.S., as noted on the data card. The car was originally delivered in Feurrot (Fire Red, DB 534) with ivory leather upholstery. The 190 SL has since benefited from a comprehensive frame-off restoration by Platinum Restorations of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is beautifully finished in a correct factory color combination of Hellgrun (Light Green) over a red leather interior.

Presented in a beautiful and classic color scheme, this Mercedes-Benz 190 SL is primed and ready for its next owner.

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