1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Cabriolet
When it comes to luxury sports, Mercedes-Benz has always been at the head of the pack. From the high-quality German precision and engineering to the comfort and luxurious features, Mercedes-Benz is an innovator of high-class automobiles. Black Horse Garage is proud to represent this completely restored and numbers matching 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL.
The 190 SL was introduced in 1954 at the New York Auto Show as a more affordable alternative to the 300 SL. The car still came with attractive looks and options like its big brother.
This award-winning 1961 190 SL is painted in a crisp white with a beautiful contrasting blue leather interior. It has a black soft top, but also comes with a hardtop, which is painted blue to match the interior. The hardtop even comes in an original and very rare Mercedes-Benz stamped wood box. Other special ordered options include a traverse jump seat, electric windshield washer pump, and radio with a short-wave adaptor.
The current owner is an avid Mercedes-Benz enthusiast and collector and purchased this 190 SL in 1982. He was involved heavily with the car’s impeccable restoration, which was performed by Sports Liecht Restorations in North Carolina. Renowned 190 SL experts Bruce Adams and Bjorn Nordemo worked on the Concours restoration which was completed in 2001.
The car comes with other options that were added by the current owner. Most notably is the matching three-piece luggage set that was made with the same hides as those used to make the interior during the restoration. Other items include a NOS set of Bosch fog lights, a reserve gas can, a first aid kit, and a trouble light that plugs into the engine compartment socket.
In 2001, the extensive restoration resulted in the car winning “Best of Show” from the International 190 SL Group at their Concours event in West Point, NY. It is also a Grand National winner from the Antique Automobile Club of America. The accolades do not stop there though. In 2005, Mercedes-Benz featured this 1961 190 SL and used it in a 50th Anniversary display of the 190 SL and 300 SL vehicles at the Amelia Island Concours.
This 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL is truly something to see in person to fully appreciate the quality of the restoration that it received. If you would like to make an appointment to come to Black Horse Garage to view the car or take it for a drive, please call 203-330-9604 or send an email to [email protected]