1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL ROADSTER - 60551 Sold* at Scottsdale 2008 - Lot #662 1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL ROADSTER https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/60551/60551_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #662   1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL ROADSTER
Auction Scottsdale 2008
Reserve NO RESERVE
Status Sold
Price
Lot 662
Year 1962
Make MERCEDES-BENZ
Model 190SL
Style ROADSTER
*Includes Buyer Commission
Details
VIN 12104010022787
Exterior Color BLACK
Interior Color RED
Cylinders 4
Engine Size 115.7
Transmission 4-SPEED MANUAL
Description
Lot #662 - As a young man, I worked for a Studebaker dealer during the time they began importing Mercedes-Benz automobiles. I immediately fell in love with the 190SL. The dealer offered to sell me one for just under $7,000, but I knew I couldn't afford it. The love affair continued and I began looking for just the right 190SL. I found a 1962 190SL at Phoenix Motor Company in 1983. The original owner had just traded it in. I bought it as an engagement gift for my present wife for just under $25,000. She is the second owner. My wife named her "Baby". Baby was, and still is, in exceptional condition. The closest thing to a restoration is that the body surface has been primed, blocked and smoothed so that the black finish reflects the light as true and straight as a plate glass mirror. This process costs approximately $40,000 today. The original carburetors were replaced with Holley, which according to the dealer are superior to original equipment. Everything else on Baby is original. The red leather seats and upholstery are still in excellent condition. The original owner's manual, maintenance and parts books are still with the car, as is the original tool kit. We also have the removable hardtop, which has not been used on her the 24 years we have owned her. She has always been garaged. Total accumulated mileage is just under 74,900. The interior of the trunk compartment still looks exactly like it did when it was new. My wife and I have continued to maintain and care for Baby and have only driven her on special occasions. I sustained injuries in the late 1990's that prevented me from using a clutch, so Baby was parked until recently when we decided the time to sell her had come. We recently had an auto shop rebuild the carburetors, replace the motor mounts which had deteriorated and tune her engine. I have hand rubbed the black finish and retouched any small blemishes in the paint. I also installed a new battery. We hope her new owner will maintain and love her as much as my wife and I have.
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