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1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster

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  • Original 190SL with myriad factory options including removable hardtop
  • Only two Texas owners from new
  • Garage kept and rust-free
  • Original, numbers-matching engine

VIN: 12104210022845

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The glamorous Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster conjures up images of Grace Kelly at the wheel, her scarf swirling behind her, next to Frank Sinatra as they cruise the streets of Philadelphia in High Society. One of the most charming body styles Mercedes has ever produced, the 190SL has already begun to relive its glory days. Once touted as a favorite among the jet set, the 190SL was flaunted by the likes of Ringo Star, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Alfred Hitchcock, Ingrid Bergman, Aga Kahn and of course, Grace Kelly. This beautiful grey on white Mercedes is an original, matching-numbers example that has enjoyed a well-kept life and offers myriad factory options for its next owner. One thing is certain, the prices on these charming motorcars are only destined to rise.

Often coined "the baby Gullwing", Mercedes' 190SL debuted alongside its big brother, the 300SL Gullwing, at the 1954 New York Motor Sports Show. The dream may never have become a reality if it hadn't been for New York's rockstar importer, Max Hoffman, who campaigned Mercedes to build an equally alluring yet less expensive roadster to be released alongside the 300SL Gullwing. Although the 190SL lacked the powerhouse chops of the Gullwing, it more than made up for it in terms of sheer styling star power. The seductive body's design delivered ample curves met with striking lines and sleek chrome accoutrement juxtaposed with the iconic eyebrows over the wheel wells. The look came to epitomize the glamour of the 1950s with German precision, and Hoffman proved to be a genius once more with its popular 25,881 production run. Celebrities across the globe simply clamored to get behind the wheel of a 190SL.

The 190SL's engineering shared the Gullwing's double-wishbone front and rear single-pivot swing axle suspension, but the body was actually based off the new Mercedes 180 sedan chassis, which further elongated the sweeping lines of the car. It was equipped with an 1,897-cc inline four-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed gearbox and had twin Solex carburetors. Although the 190SL was never destined for Le Mans, it proved a well-mannered tourer.

This 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster hails from Texas and retains its original, numbers-matching engine as well as a host of additional factory options including the removable factory hard top, upgraded Blaupunkt AM/FM stereo and a dash clock. Its original Mercedes build sheet, owner's manual, registration slips, and maintenance records accompany the car. Just two owners from new, VIN 12104210022845 began its life under well-known Fort Worth resident, Rice Matthews Tilley, Jr., then was sold to Reverend Gerald Otte, also of Fort Worth, in 1969. Reverend Otte pampered this beautiful car and kept it under cover in his garage for more than 50 years.

All-original, with the exception of an older repaint, this lovely example has known excellent stewardship. Robed in grey paint with a matching removable hardtop over a white interior, it is built to delight and impress anywhere in the world.

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