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1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

$132,000
Sale Price
No
Reserve
2 July 2022
Sold Date
775.1
Lot Number
#3+
Older restoration
Barrett-Jackson
Auction House
Chassis no. 12104210015602. Ivory over tan leather. 1897/120hp upgraded with twin Mikuni carbs, 4-speed, hub caps and trim rings, boot cover, pushbutton radio. Represented with hardtop but it isn’t presented with the car.

Evaluation: Represented as matching numbers. Duller chrome and brightwork but good paint. Clean older restored engine bay and underbody. Lightly wrinkled leather on both sides. An older restored 190 that’s better than an average driver, but not by a lot.

Bottom Line: Less of a technical and design tour de force than its larger 300SL sibling and always the budget alternative, the 190SL is nevertheless a very expensive car to restore, so it’s best to buy a finished one like this even if the work was done a while ago. Values have gone through some ups and downs, peaking in 2015, then trending in the negative direction before rebounding from 2021 to today. The price for this one in the current market reasonably takes into account the age of the restoration, and both parties should be happy.

by Andrew Newton
7 July 2022
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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