This is a new one more me. No, not the gorgeous Mercedes-Benz 190SL, but a car that is so perfect that is actually has its own hardback book with glossy pages showing off how beautiful it is. That is the level of perfect we are dealing with today with this 1960 W121. This isn’t an original time capsule or forget gem that has been buried away for 50 years, this 190SL actually has over 65,000 miles on it. Of course, this roadster has had a full nut and bolt rotisserie restoration done to it and by the looks of it, it wasn’t time or money wasted. Everything about the 190SL is perfection and of course, the price tag reflects that. So how much for all this perfection?
This is a new one for me. A car so far gone, so decrepit, so haggard that it’s only salvageable parts are maybe some gauge cluster faces and one windshield wiper arm. All of this for the price of a new Mercedes-Benz CLA250. I’m not joking and neither is the seller of the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL in Ohio. What once was a beautiful Mercedes-Benz convertible, is a now crumbling under the weight of it’s own rust. I’m not sure where to being or where to end with this 190SL but I do know that the price, $32,950, is well, a little optimistic in my opinion.
I write a lot about Mercedes-Benz and their monetary values. The overwhelming majority of the time their values are depreciating or, at best, holding steady. Every once in a blue moon I come across a car which is actually appreciating in value. Today’s featured car is not only appreciating, but is one of the hottest models in the substantial Mercedes-Benz catalog you can buy at the moment. That car is the 190SL. Produced from 1955 to 1963, the 190SL was the baby bother of the now seven-figure 300SL. Although similarly styled, the 190SL was much different mechanically than the 300SL with a carbureted four-cylinder and built on a shorted saloon chassis as opposed to a tubular space-frame like the 300SL. Because of this, 190SL values stayed relatively flat and didn’t have great demand outside of a few particularly outstanding examples. However, now that the 300SL have reached a point where they are so valuable that even putting miles on them is frowned upon by collectors, the baby brother 190SL isn’t so “baby” anymore in terms of value and collectibility. Today’s 190SL for sale in Ohio is right in that sweet spot for a classic car that can be enjoyed.
On Monday, I looked at a W124 cabriolet – a model I believe won’t witness a huge spike in value over the short term. While I do think the values will hold strong where they are and, at the very least, keep up with inflation, if you are hoping to make tens of thousands of dollars in a quick flip, there are probably better options. Today’s car, the Mercedes-Benz 190SL, is one of those options.
If the W198 300SL price tag of over a million dollars is just slightly over your budget for a late-1950s to early-1960s Mercedes roadster but you still want the iconic design, look no further than the W121 190SL. At only one-tenth of the price tag but not just one-tenth of the car the 300 is, the 190 is still a model that you can’t really go wrong buying. So let’s take a look at this pristine 1958 located in the Netherlands.
The 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL we featured last month is back up for auction. Long forgotten amidst other, more popular SL models, this roadster has finally started to see an uptick in values, with good ones reaching into solid six figure territory. Will this one meet its reserve this time around?
The below post originally appeared on our site February 20, 2014:
The 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL we featured last month failed to meet its reserve with a final bid of $40,600. Bidding is a little higher this time around. Will it be enough to snag this classic roadster?
The below post originally appeared on our site March 20, 2013:
The Mercedes-Benz 190SL had the unfortunate fate to be sold alongside the 300SL Gullwing and roadster for its entire production span. While it may look like its bigger siblings, the similarities are skin deep. The 190SL rides on a shortened version of the chassis used for the W121 sedan, or Ponton, as it is more commonly known. The car featured a 1.9 liter four cylinder engine with twin Solex carburetors. Producing 104 horsepower, it wasn’t destined to win many races off the line and the engine earned a reputation as a bit of a rough runner, as owners had trouble keeping the carbs tuned right.
With the introduction of the W113 (Pagoda) SL in 1963, the 190SL and its legacy faded, as most people preferred to collect the more rare 300SL or go for the newer, faster, six cylinder SLs. Today, the 190SL is gaining in popularity and value, like many vintage SLs. While it doesn’t wear the hue it emerged with from the factory in the fifties, this 190SL for sale in California looks rather cheerful in blue over red leather.
Engine: 1.9 liter inline four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 110,391 miles
Price: Reserve auction
1957 Mercedes Benz 190 SL Roadster!
Brand new paint job, that took over a year for just body and paint. Originally a white 190. The car was stripped to bare metal and completed. The paint is immaculate.