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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder August 13th – 15th, 2015 at Russo and Steele’s 15th Annual Monterey California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
My wife purchased this 190SL off a gas station parking lot in Wolfeboro NH in October 1997. It was not in great original condition but she loved it. The original wheels had been replaced with a set of wire wheels with fake spinner knock-offs; the air cleaner/filter assembly and air intake plenum were long gone. The odometer showed a bit over 62,000 miles and at some point the original factory “light blue” (DB334) had been repainted in factory white (DB50). We drove the car for the next 16 years during the summers and stored it in winter. Finally, in 2013 we decided to move the car to our home in Arizona and figure out what to do with it.
“What to do with it” turned out to be a two-plus year project. The copy of the original factory build card supplied by Mercedes Benz Classics showed that the chassis, engine and body numbers match the numbers as stamped. The car was taken out of storage, fuel system drained and flushed in order to get the car running for an assessment. Based on the integrity of the car, the matching numbers and the completeness of the vehicle we decide to restore the car.
Mechanically the car was completely disassembled, cleaned and inspected, The engine rebuild was done by Pat Ritz at Sports and Collector Car Center in Tempe AZ. This included a complete valve job with all new valve guides, head pressure test, new pistons, rings & bearings and the standard crank was polished. The carburetors were overhauled and the missing air cleaner/filter assembly and the air intake plenum were replaced with correct units. The cooling system was addressed; the radiator was rebuilt, new water pump installed and all new freeze plugs were installed. All new factory-correct hoses and belts were installed. The entire brake system including the hydraulics was addressed, new brake lines and new wheel cylinders were installed. A new clutch was installed. The engine has less than 100 miles since the rebuild was completed.
The car was completely disassembled for paint and body work. We elected to retain the DB50 white color. All of the original chrome was removed, inventoried and sent out for triple show quality plating. In addition the complete interior was removed; all of the disassembly performed by a senior Mercedes technician. Every effort was made to reuse as much of the original material as possible. The build card shows that the original upholstery was black leather and we were able to restore the original seats and door panels . A complete factory rubber kit was used in the reassembly. Factory-correct wheels were powder coated to match the body color and 5 new, correct size Vredestein radials were installed. The car comes with a new, correct soft top with new wooden bows as well as its original small window factory hard top. A partial tool kit and tool bag are included. Lastly, a period correct 3-band Becker Europa radio and speaker were installed.
Meticulous attention to detail is obvious throughout the car. Mechanically the car is exceptional.
Oh – and the original glovebox clock works fine – just remember to wind it every 4 or 5 days!