1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

  • VIN: 121040-10-019655
  • Condition: Clear Title
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Exterior Color: Silver Gray Metallic
  • Interior Color: Red leather
  • Mileage: 06886 showing
  • Warranty: As-Is


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This 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL was purchased by the current owner in 2016 and subsequently moved to Geldern, Germany, where it was refurbished by Thissen Auto Restoration between 2018 and 2023. The car was subsequently imported back to California after refurbishment work that included overhauling the replacement 1.9-liter inline-four as well as stripping and refinishing the body in silver. A black soft top is accompanied by a red top boot and red leather upholstery, and additional features include a four-speed manual transmission, a push-button Becker radio, dual Weber carburetors, and power-assisted drum brakes. This 190SL is now offered on dealer consignment with refurbishment photos and records as well as a clean California title.

1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

The car was mounted to a rotisserie and stripped before metal repairs were performed and the body was refinished in Silver Grey metallic. Equipment includes a black soft top, a red top boot, a driver-side mirror, and chrome bumpers and trim.

1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Steel 13? wheels wear chrome trim rings, hubcaps with body-color accents, and 165/80 Maxxis MA-1 tires. The car is equipped with a double-wishbone front suspension, rear swing axles with coil springs, and power-assisted drum brakes.

1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

The cabin features low-back bucket seats that have been reupholstered in red leather as well as matching door panels and dashboard trim. Appointments include a Becker Europa AM/FM radio, lap belts, an analog clock, and a dashboard-mounted rearview mirror.

1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

The two-spoke steering wheel frames VDO instrumentation including a 140-mph speedometer and a 7k-rpm tachometer as well as gauges for oil pressure, water temperature, and fuel level. The five-digit odometer shows under 7k miles and has reportedly been reset. Total mileage is unknown.

1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

The replacement 1.9-liter inline-four was installed during the refurbishment and is equipped with dual Weber carburetors.

1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Power is sent to the rear wheels through a fully synchronized four-speed manual transmission.



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