This example, Chassis No. 8500890 is a US-specification model that began its life under the ownership of a Charles Weber from Ohio. The vehicle was then sold to Charles Woford, also an Ohio resident, in 1974 where it spent a large part of its life. Ownership of the 190 SL is believed to have been transferred to Mr. Woford's daughter, Cheryl Halstead, in 1997. She retained ownership of the car until sometime around 2017 or 2018 when she sold it to a dealer on the West Coast. Its current owner bought it from the said dealer and sent it to Doctor Classic, a 190 SL specialist in Poland, for a Concours-level restoration. Since its completion, the car has only 35 miles on the odometer from post-restoration testing. The body is presented in the restored “White Grey” factory color and is riding on body color wheels with chrome trim rings and hubcaps. The interior is finished in a gorgeous and correct red leather upholstery with matching red carpeting throughout and a similar red soft top. The “White Grey” dashboard is also matched by the two-spoke steering wheel and cue ball shift knob. All of the chrome-trimmed gauges remain original along with the 190 SL's factory Blaupunkt transistor radio.
The car is being offered with both a soft top and a hardtop that can be swapped at will as well as a spare tire. Among the paperwork provided is a copy of the vehicle's original title, detailed pictures of its lengthy restoration process, and an appraisal report from the German experts at Classic Data. According to their assessment of this 190 SL, it deserves a “Grade 1” rating, which is the highest score a car can earn on their scale of 1 to 5.
If there was ever a car that fit the moniker of “art on wheels”, this would be it. It is a fantastic example of one of Mercedes-Benz's most recognizable automobiles that has been restored to its showroom glory by a master of their craft. Only 25,881 190 SLs were built in the model's eight-year lifespan and it's likely that not many of them still exist, or have been restored to this level. This car would look right at home on the lawns of Mercedes-Benz club events throughout the world or driving down the sea-speckled stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway. The 190 SL's glamour has been recognized for decades by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly and now you too can experience its sophistication for yourself.
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