1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL. Fresh rotisserie restoration.

1960 Mercedes-Benz 190-Series Convertible

Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 190-Series
Type: Convertible
Trim: Convertible
Year: 1960
VIN: 12104210016550
Color: Gray
Engine: 1.9L
Cylinders: 4
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Burgundy
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Boulder, Colorado, United States
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Description for Mercedes-Benz 190-Series 1960

1960 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

s/n 121 042 10 016650

matching number engine and drivetrain. (data card available).


24 month concours rotisserie restoration by marque expert Mark Passarelli. Fresh restoration. Less than 500 test miles since. (Mark is known for his 300SL restorations and I was lucky enough to be his first Colorado customer since he moved his shop back to his hometown to be closer to family in Salida, CO).


DB172 Anthracite gray metallic over burgundy red interior (641) with matching custom 3 piece luggage. Books, tools, jack and full spare. We matched the absolutely stunning color combination of a 300SL restored by Mark (shown in last couple historical photos).


Additional detailed photos of every step of the restoration are archived and will go with the sale.


Serious inquiries only. Mark is available to answer any questions regarding the restoration work.


Asking $185,000. Vehicle is located in Colorado.


Listed on 190SLGroup forum with photo link and contact information for questions. Seller reserves the right to end the auction early.


Also included (added at the end of the restoration):


> Bosch gear reduction starter

> K&N Air filter conversion (original steel wool type is not serviceable)

> 190SL Group Alternator (from generator/voltage regulator) conversion.

> Bruce Adams “electric fuel pump” switch tied to choke lever to prime mechanical pump and load carbs.




Components used in the mechanical and cosmetic restoration include the following (not exhaustive list, but reasonably complete).

  • Subframe and suspension

  • Front and rear subframe removed, disassembled, blasted andpowder coated

    • New bushings
    • Proper mounts and connectors replaced
    • New shocks and springs
    • New tie rods, spring plates, etc
    • Underside prepared and painted in appropriate M-B color


  • Engine
    • Professionally rebuilt by marque expert
    • New pistons and rings
    • New bearings
    • New timing chains and rails
    • New valves and lifters
    • Original Solex PH44 carb’s rebuilt
    • Linkages replaced
    • Oil pump rebuilt
    • Water pump, thermostat rebuilt and new gasket
    • Radiator refurbished
    • Fuel pump rebuilt
    • Alternator rebuilt
    • Complete new wiring harness
    • New spark plugs
    • New stainless fuel lines and new fuel hoses
    • Manifolds coated
    • New stainless steel exhaust
    • All hardlines re-plated to specification
    • Proper fasteners and connectors
    • Distributor rebuilt
    • New Vintage Battery
    • New Airbox
    • Fuel tank restored and painted
    • Fabricated exhaust coupling
    • New Exhaust
    • Engine validated to spec


  • Transmission and driveline
    • Transmission dismantled and rebuilt
    • New gaskets
    • New flex disc
    • Starter rebuilt
    • New driveshaft u-joints
    • Validated to spec
  • Differential
    • Dismantled and rebuilt rear end
    • Bushings and gaskets

  • Tires, Wheels, hubs, brakes
    • Hubs dismantled and rebuilt
    • Master cylinder, wheel cylinders rebuilt
    • Rebuilt brake booster
    • Brake pads replaced
    • Brake hardline replaced
    • Brake soft rubber lines replaced
    • Wheels blasted and repainted
    • New Coker Classic wide white wall tires
    • New Coker Classic wide white wall full size spare
    • Hubcaps repainted to match body
  • Body and underbody
    • Body completely blasted to remove paint, primer and highlight body condition.
    • Weak points identified and replaced with new metal. Top notch metalwork.
    • Proper welds to specification (no overlap welds). Factory spot welds.
      • Lower rear quarters replaced (restorer preference).
      • Front passenger headlight bucket/surround repaired
      • Floor crossmember repair fabricated
      • Passenger floor small patch repaired
    • Underbody sealed and primed
    • Underbody painted in proper MB“beige” to specification
    • Wheel wells painted to proper MB specification including feathering in of underbody to wheel well
    • No tape lines. Factory overspray pattern replicated.
    • Battery box floor replaced to specification.
    • Engine bay prepped andpainted to spec.
    • Trunk edge metal repaired and replaced with new metal
    • All gaps to MB specification. Hood corner required some modification.
    • Exterior sealed, primed and painted in DB641 Anthracite Gray Metallic (matching 300SL Gullwing previously done by Mark)
    • Wheels and hubcapspainted to match
    • Final cut, buff and final detailing
    • All new rubber seals and gaskets; doors, windows and trunk.
    • New matching wind lace fabricated
    • Exterior lights and marker lights to proper US specification
  • Interior and Gauges
    • All Gauges, clock and dash components removed.
    • Dash painted in proper matching DB172 Anthracite gray metallic
    • Restored Steering wheel and chrome horn ring and wheel center star
    • New OEM turn signal stalk
    • All gauges removed and sent to Palo Alto Speedometer for restoration
    • Proper 190SL“wind up” glovebox clock restored
    • Vintage Becker radio (updated with USB and iPod) while maintaining classic look
    • OEM rubber front floor and console mat
    • OEM rubber trunk mat
    • German Squareweave Carpeting throughout. Including front floors under rubber mat (additional to OEM spec for consistency and appearance).
    • New Windshield Glass
    • Windows adjusted to Soft Top
    • New switches as needed.
    • New DB641 Burgundy red leather:
      • Dash recovered
      • Binnacle recovered
      • Door Panels
      • Arm rests
      • Visors
      • Convertible top boot cover
    • Original leather seats were re-padded with correct horsehair and foam padding to specification
    • New leather seating in matching DB641
  • Custom Luggage
    • Custom 3-piece Matching Trunk Luggage set: DB641 over complementing gray, red, white pattern interior per Customer request.
  • Convertible top
    • Restoredsoft top bows and frame. Fabricated proper strapping.
    • New German canvas top in OEM black canvas
    • New Chrome accent strip
  • Interior and exterior chrome, fasteners
    • All chrome either replaced with new or re-chromed.
    • Many pieces reChromed by Artistic (top notch supplier to Jay Leno and Chip Foose).
    • Fasteners re-plated to MB specification (zinc, cadmium,black oxide ) as needed.
    • Proper MB specification radio antennae (red tip)
    • Rechromed original bumpers and bumper guards
    • Rechromed front grille
    • Rechromed stone guards and trim
    • OEM Bosch horns restored