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Classic Sports Car - - Lost & Found -

This Mercedes-benz 190SL has been re­cently been dis­in­terred from a shed near Echunga in the Ade­laide Hills of South Aus­tralia. The orig­i­nal Aus­tralian-de­liv­ered two-owner car has been off the road since 1976, fol­low­ing a ‘fail­ure to pro­ceed’ – ap­par­ently due to a cylin­der-head prob­lem. There’s a brand-new head stored in the boot.

Nearby Mac­cles­field res­i­dent Roger Inger­son knew about the 190SL through a friend of the fam­ily, and he takes up the story: “For­tu­nately the car has been dry stored, de­spite a cou­ple of moves since its de­com­mis­sion­ing. The owner must have con­tem­plated a re­spray be­cause all of the ex­ter­nal hard­ware – lights, bumpers, grille and hub­caps – had been re­moved. Shelv­ing ad­ja­cent to the car con­tained ev­ery­thing that had been taken off, in­clud­ing the man­i­fold­ing, car­bu­ret­tors and ra­di­a­tor from the en­gine bay. The body is in ex­cep­tional con­di­tion, with no rust or dam­age, and there was no ev­i­dence of oc­cu­pa­tion by ro­dents, with the soft-top wisely left erected. Amaz­ingly the tyres still held air.

“There are sev­eral other new com­po­nents – in­clud­ing a pair of car­bu­ret­tors – brought over from Ger­many by the owner’s fam­ily on a pre­vi­ous visit to Aus­tralia.”

The ex­is­tence of the 190 was ap­par­ently known lo­cally, but when the Mercedes fra­ter­nity be­came aware of a pos­si­ble sale fol­low­ing the owner’s death, the car changed hands quickly, and it now re­sides on the east coast.

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