1958 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
ACA always does well with Mercs (it also sold a oneowner 1963 190D for £7560) but of all the three-pointed star offerings in this sale, this was the one that generated the most interest. Owned by the lady vendor for 13 years, this SL wasn’t concours by any means, but had been maintained to a high standard both structurally and mechanically, that work including a recent engine rebuild. There was some primer on the rear wings but was otherwise pretty tidy – even the later light metallic green paint wasn’t too bad. That patinated but clean and tidy theme continued with the interior and boot. The engine bay was pretty tidy too, though an afternoon’s diligence with some cleaning products would have improved matters even further. Panel fit was to typical Benz standards and the doors opened and closed beautifully. It oozed personality – perhaps even more than a concours example – and allowed ACA to chalk up yet another strong Benz success.