For Sale: 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL in Lavergne, Tennessee

$129,995

Vehicle Description

No longer just the 300SL's little brother droptops like this 1962 Mercedes 190SL are recognized today as the kind of valuable classic that combines robust construction with open top enjoyment. So when you can find a nice example that was under the same owner for long-term care, then you know you need to pay attention to this German icon.


With bold headlights leading the way, well-pronounced fender flares, and the large tri-star badge prominently in the center, Mercedes knew it wanted to capture the 300SL supercar's magic in a more economical package. That still holds true today. This one looks like those million-dollar classics, but it only costs a tenth as much. And more than just value, you got amazing style with the 190SL. The power bulge in the hood, gently rounded fenders, and sloping rear trunk give this a timeless elegance. And you can recognize it so well on this example because it has been under the same ownership since 1984. So it has received the right kind of care to keep the precision gaps on this well-built German body. The paint was also refreshed during ownership, but this car is still in its original shade of bright Fire Engine Red. Plus, all the great brightwork touches Mercedes added to attract the American market are still present and looking good. That's why the form-fitting bumpers, fender eyebrows, two-piece wheels, and all the details look great against the bold red.


The 190SL was the roadster for adults, and the interior really lets you know it. A full convertible top, large roll-up windows, and big headroom meant this one was comfortable for much more than just sunny day jaunts - something much of its European competition could never say. In fact, this was a true grand touring machine with leather bucket seats that are armchair comfortable and plush newer carpeting. And this combination of the white against the red is true upper-class distinction. The dash panel is instantly reminiscent of its bigger brother 300SL. The bright white Mercedes steering wheel feels great in your hands, and it gives you a clear view at the large VDO speedometer and tachometer directly in front. From there, the dash tapers down for all the non-essential gauges and features. This gives you a race-car like commanding view of the road.


The 1897cc motor was a nice evolution at Mercedes Benz. The single overhead camshaft design was built for a higher compression ratio for better performance. And since this one wears its correct dual Solex carburetor setup, and it was given a recent tuneup, you can expect the same robust German performance. No one pretends that the 190SL is a sports car to rival the Corvette, but when you get this one out on the road, it really comes to life. The solid construction, precision action of the four-speed manual transmission, and fully independent suspension come together in the kind of harmony that makes the it your favorite cruising roadster.


With the market turning these cars over quickly, it's getting difficult to find examples that were under long-term care of a true enthusiast. That's why you know this 190SL is special. Call today!!!

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1048784
  • Price:$129,995
  • Location:Lavergne, Tennessee
  • Year:1962
  • Make:Mercedes-Benz
  • Model:190SL
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:White
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:4864
  • Stock Number:0720-NSH
  • VIN:190SL025273