UK Merc – this time a 190 SL – joins in the auc­tion ac­tion

Classic Cars (UK) - - Month In Cars -

Mark Bryan of H&H’S Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle de­part­ment was on a trip to Soli­hull to value some bikes when he was shown this – an un­re­stored 1960 Mercedes-benz 190 SL in an old lock-up garage.

The car is an orig­i­nal Uk-reg­is­tered, right-hand-drive ex­am­ple and ap­pears sub­stan­tially com­plete, if rather rot­ten and rough. Un­til re­cent months such a car would be ex­pected to fetch no more than £20k-£25k but a star­tling re­sult at CCA’S auc­tion at the NEC Restora­tion Show in March al­tered per­cep­tions – a 190 SL barn-find es­ti­mated at less than £30k sold for £73,700 de­spite sig­nif­i­cant rust and a steer­ing wheel on the left.

The car here goes up for sale at H&H’S Dux­ford auc­tion on July 26, es­ti­mated to sell at ‘up to £50k’ but of­fered with no re­serve. The 190 SL has risen sharply in value but even this may not be enough to cover the high restora­tion costs that own­ers of 190 SLS find them­selves fac­ing.

Who­ever buys this car will need deep pock­ets – but it looks em­i­nently do-able

Orig­i­nal 190 SL is to be sold with no re­serve but an es­ti­mate of up to £50k

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