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Wednesday 26 June 2019

1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Convertible - BONHAMS AUCTIONS Chantilly Sale Sunday 30th June 2019 Chantilly, Chateau de Chantilly FRANCE


Chantilly Sale
Sunday 30th June 2019

1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Convertible

Chassis no. W121042-5500065
• Very early Chassis number '65' of 1,727 built in the first year of Production 

• Matching engine and frame 
• Present ownership since 2006 
• Extensively restored and very well maintained 
• Early and desirable style bucket seats


  • Only the 65th of its type built, this early Mercedes-Benz 190 SL left the factory on the 1st August 1955 and one week later was delivered to Los Angeles, USA. It is one of 830 US-market models out of the 1,727 produced in 1955. Data-card details on file product que le voiture est origine fini en unison "Weissgrau" (white-gray). Its first owner is not known, but from 1996 to 2006 the Mercedes belonged to Mr M Steinbeck of Los Angeles. In 2006 the car was shipped to Belgium where it was purchased by the current vendor.

    As a result, it has been used in the past, since it has been used in the past, as part of the transaction. Undertaken between 2008 and 2015, these works included a complete engine rebuild in 2015 (new cylinder head, pistons, valves, seals, timing belt, etc.) together with overhauls of the gearbox (2008) and Solex carburettors (2014). In addition, the Silentbloc engine has been replaced, the cooling fan renewed, and a stainless steel exhaust system fitted.

    (2011), a new brake servo fitted (2012), and the rear shock absorbers replaced, a new EZ Electric power-assisted steering mechanism makes the car easier to handle. The original steering wheel and column are included in the sale together with a net windbreaker and a leather trunk (by Maison Laurent Nay) that can be mounted on the boot.

    In 2008 the body was repainted, a new fuel tank being installed at the same time. The paintwork was refreshed in 2014 and a new hood and cover fitted in 2016, while various items have been re-plated over the years. Identical to those of the 300 SL, the bucket seats were refreshed with new stuffing in 2014. Other matters replaced/renewed include the headlights, radiator, heater unit, floor mats, water temperature gauge, and spare wheel cover.

    Since its acquisition in 2006, this much-loved 190 SL has covered some 26,500 miles (approximately 42,600 kilometres), attending rallies in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Italy. The book is offered with sundry bills, a FIVA Identity Card, instruction books, a workshop manual (on CD), two spare parts manuals, five collectors' books about the model, a number of archive photographs, and a Belgian Carte Grise. 


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