This 1959 190SL is in stock at the Mercedes-Benz dealership where I used to work, Sears Imports Mercedes-Benz in Minnetonka, MN. One of my former colleagues and long time car guy, John Drewitz, is representing it for the dealership. Complete description, contact info and a link to many, many photos below. -Ed.
This 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL retains its original engine as verified by the Mercedes Classic Center and benefits from new paintwork and a partially replaced interior circa 2006. The car belonged to a customer of the selling Mercedes-Benz dealership in the Minneapolis area, who interestingly traded the 190SL in on a new car. It was previously owned by an enthusiast in Ohio who undertook the cosmetic restoration around 10 years ago. In preparation for sale the seller fitted a new tie rod, transmission mount and rebuilt the carbs. Apart from the original radio, everything on the car is said to work as it should, and the car carries a clean Wisconsin title.
Full description and photos below and be sure visit the flickr album with many high quality, detailed photos.
Contact: John Drewitz Ph: 612-242-688 one – Car is located in Minneapolis, MN
The early history of the car is unknown but it was purchased by a couple in Ohio in 1992, who undertook the restoration in 2006. A list of the work performed during the process can be viewed in the image gallery below, and totaled more than $10k. The car was originally delivered in Weissgrau white gray (code 158), and has been repainted red. Wheels with color-matched hubcaps are fitted, and the nice convertible was likely replaced during the restoration.
The taillights are fitted with correct two-color lenses, and chrome is shiny and complete. Some wear is evident in the paintwork around the license plate mounting holes, but the remainder of the trim and paint appear to be in very good condition.
Seats were reupholstered and the carpets were replaced. The door panels and upper dash surfaces are original, and show light wear. Painted interior surfaces are in good condition, as is the thin-rimmed steering wheel. The dash retains the original Weissgrau paintwork.
The original radio is still fitted, but not working. The dash upper surfaces appear to be very good condition.
The trunk area is in good condition, with the original floor matting and spare still in place. The car includes a complete set of 190SL repair manuals.
The engine is original to the car, and carries its original dual Solex 44PHH carburetors and original intake assembly and airbox. The seller notes some oil leaks, but says the car feels good on the road following rebuilt carburetors, a replaced tie-rod, transmission mount and shifter bushings.
The seller has included numerous photos of the chassis in his linked Flickr gallery below. The seller has been in communication with the shop which performed the body and paintwork in 2006, and they noted that no rust repair was required at that time.
The engine number 9502323 is stamped on the engine and matches the chassis plate and M-B documentation (see flickr album for build card and additional photos).