1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL (Full History from New) Very Correct Example
Classic style with great history makes this 190SL and excellent example to collect and enjoy. Runs and drives excellent and is in exceptional condition.
Paint Code: DB 50G 40G
History: This numbers-matching car is well documented dating back to its original purchase from Rasmussen Mercedes-Benz in Portland Oregon April 25th, 1962 by Dr. Louis H. Frische, a local Physician. The car was serviced at Rasmussen Mercedes-Benz until February 1963 – at which time it had 15,421 miles. The second owners were Joanne and Edward Schultz who lived in Dixon, California. When Edward passed away, Joanne put the car into storage for a number of years and eventually sold it through her mechanic to John Edakara of San Rafael, California in 1982. The car had 50,800 miles on it when John purchased it. John had the engine rebuilt in 1987 when the car had 86,766 miles on it. In 2004 John had the car stripped to bare metal and repainted. The bumpers were re-chromed and that time. Subsequent to the repaint the seats were re-upholstered and new carpet was installed. John owned the 190SL for 32 years, driving it regularly and taking very good care of it along the way. Steve Tinney purchased the car from John in May of 2013. Flying down from Portland, Oregon to San Francisco, California and drove the car back to Portland straight through with no issues. Steve had the car serviced at MBI in Portland, Oregon where they went completely through the car starting with the engine, rebuilding the throttle linkages, resurfacing the intake manifolds, adjusting the solex carburetors and installing/replacing parts that were worn. MBI performed a compression test and found good compression in all cylinders. The tachometer, speedometer and oil gage have been rebuilt, the radiator and heater cores have been rebuilt, the wheels where sand blasted and power coated. The carpet forward of the seats was replaced with original and correct Mercedes rubber mats. On June of 2014 current owner Rick Martin bought the car and added it to his collection. Rick is very meticulous and does not let his cars sit around for long periods of time. He had a comprehensive service done to ensure everything is working properly and correct by local Mercedes specialist Burback Motors here in Portland Oregon. Mike Burback (503) 236-1737 is available for any technical questions on this car. The car comes with the original hard top (and stand) tool kit, original spare with original jack and lug wrench and extensive documentation notebooks on work done its entire life and correspondence between Mercedes-Benze and the owners along the way. It starts, drives, stops as it should and everything works with exception of the original Becker Europa Radio which is disconnected. A modern stereo is in the glove box. This is an exceptional vehicle.
Engine & Transmission: The four-cylinder engine in this car is tuned to perfection. The transmission shifts smoothly. Brakes have been completely serviced and a new brake booster installed. The fully independent suspension (double wishbone in the front and swing axles in the rear) has been maintained to a high standard. The car is responsive, nimble and enjoys long-distance cruising. Exhaust is great and the underside of this car is extremely dry and shows no signs of leaks. The current owner had the undercoating taken off to ensure all the metal is solid and no funny business going on under this car. (see photos). This is a great example that is ready to drive and enjoy.
Body: This rust free car is extremely solid. All panels are straight with no dents or waviness and has excellent gaps. All glass is in great shape no chips or cracks. Paint presents very well and I would consider it show quality (I am particular). There is some very minor pitting on the chrome around the windshield the rest of the chrome is very nice. The rubber is good and all plastic lenses are as new. The trunk area is very nice and solid as well as the spare tire compartment, It comes with tools/jack and correct steel rim spare tire. The overall condition shows how carful this car has been taken care of. See detailed photos to see the great solid condition of this car.
Interior: The beautiful leather interior is in new condition and has been restored to show quality standards. The level of quality is very apparent on this example. The door skins are very nice as well as the armrests rear storage compartment and floors. The chrome bits in the interior are great. The radio is the correct original. This car is very elegant and all the bits and pieces are in proper order which makes the view from the driver’s seat timeless.
Summary: This is a solid example of a classic Mercedes-Benz. These extremely comfortable two-door super luxury roadsters are considered highly usable classics continuing a tradition of handcrafted quality and superior engineering. Many astute collectors have chosen to add a 190SL to their collections and nice examples with documented history like this one are great to come across. Even cars twenty years newer will be hard-pressed to match the 190SL for its quality and unrivaled style. This example is perfect for cruising during the week and taking to car shows on the weekend.
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