Freshly and comprehensively restored to a show quality finish and superb mechanical condition by marque experts, this factory black, matching numbers 190SL is ready for show or drive with less than 250 miles on it since restoration was completed in 2017
Asking Price: $224,995
This meticulously restored Mercedes-Benz 190SL is thought to have had only 3 owners since new. The first owner of record is Ed Evangelista of Long Island, New York, who owned the car for several years after purchasing it from the prior owner whom Evangelista noted was the first owner and had owned the car for the previous 35 years – 40 years. Evangelista had intended to restore the car but was never able to fully engage in the process. In 2004, the current owner, a Dallas, Texas based collector, purchased the car specifically because of its desirable original color combination with the intention to restore it to concours standards. At the time of purchase by the current owner, the 190SL was rust free and and had clearly been stored properly throughout its life. In 2015, after many years on the back burner in storage in Texas at the owners facility, a restoration was commissioned to return the car to its factory original specifications with an emphasis on show-field standards and driving excellence. As per the factory build documents that accompany the car, the 190 has been finished in the desirable combination of 040 black over 1079 red leather with exceptional extra features such as rare original yellow tint sun visors, hard top and authentic luggage purchased directly from noted 190SL authority Bruce Adams.
The 190SL has been restored to factory correct and exacting standards by marque experts Will Samples and Steve Crowley of Dallas, Texas. From November of 2015 to completion in 2017, restoration of this Mercedes was undertaken in uncompromising fashion for the purpose of being equally comfortable on the show field and on the road. Cosmetically, the car shines like few others in the attention to detail paid to the quality of the body work. The body is exceptionally straight, the gaps are fit for any level of show scenario and the correct badges, decals and other Mercedes specific components round out an impressively authentic 190SL example. All body chrome was re-plated to show quality standards by Advanced Plating in Nashville, TN and all rubber components and weather stripping on the car have been replaced with OEM materials.
The interior of this SL accentuates the as delivered factory black exterior. Finished by ASI Upholstery in Dallas, Tx to exacting and Mercedes original standards, the leather, carpeting, soft top and headliner all speak to the high level of detail set forth during this comprehensive restoration process. All gauges have been restored to “as original” show standards by Hollywood Speedometer. Rounding out the interior work is the inclusion of a set of driver and passenger side sun visors that were with the car prior to restoration, a rare accessory to the 190SL model.
Mechanically, this Mercedes has been treated to a complete overhaul complementing the beautiful cosmetic presentation. The engine has been completely rebuilt, Solexes completely overhauled and done to original standards by 190SL guru Will Samples. The engine has all freshly anodized parts, a fully rebuilt transmission, rear axle with new boot, completely overhauled front suspension, a fully rebuilt brake booster, all new hoses and factory correct hose clamps.
The undercarriage of this 190, including the fuel tank, has been properly restored with factory correct colors and markings. All fender wells and the entire undercarriage have been finished to factory specs. The engine bay is equally impressive with a very original feel despite being cosmetically attended to as part of the restoration. The finishes and decals add to the original feel of the car generally. In addition, extensive care was taken to refinish all aluminum and metal parts in the engine bay to their correct original factory finishes.
Despite being a highly polished restored example, this 190SL has all the hallmarks and feel of very original cars due to the expertise of the restorers and goals set forth by the owner. As a restored car, it would be very difficult to beat the original color scheme, quality of restorative work accomplished and duel purpose drive or show excellence that this impeccable 190SL has to offer. With less than 250 miles since completion of the restoration, this Mercedes is an opportunity to own and take into the future one of the better restored 190SL Mercedes-Benz to come to market in some time.