1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL
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1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster
Chassis No. 121040-10-9501491
Engine No. 121921-10-9501156

Lifelong California Car, from 35 Years of Previous Ownership
Numbers-Matching Engine and Gearbox - Verified by Mercedes-Benz DataCard
Well Documented History with Copious Records from 1977-2020
Beautifully Presented, U.S. Delivery 190SL in Stunning Colors
Benefiting from Recent Major Service and Detailing
Offered with Unrestored, Optional 190SL Hardtop
Complete with Original Manuals, Publications, Books, Jack & Spare Tire Assembly

The 190SL was sold alongside the more expensive Mercedes-Benz 300SL, which it closely resembled both in its styling and in its fully independent suspension. The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL impresses on account of unquestionable sophistication and style.

According to copies of the original Mercedes-Benz Production Order and DataCard on file, 121040-10-9501491 was commissioned in April 1959 and completed on May 25, finished in Light Blue (334) with a White top (50), over Cream Leather / Carpeting (1060) and optioned as follows:

Special Upholstery
10009-121 Special Outer Guidance for the USA
55031/1 Bumper Horns, Front
55087/5 Left side, Rearview Mirror, Supplied Loose
55096/4 Becker Europa MU Radio, with Hirschman Antenna
10142/1 5-Whitewall Tires
Standard Wheel Rings, Supplied Loose
An Elegant Choice for The Ideal “Driver's” 190SL

Destined for the U.S. market and imported through Los Angeles, California, it's believed the Roadster would reside in the state for the remainder of its days under limited ownership and occasional use. Earliest recorded ownership documents Jim Jones of San Luis Obispo, CA through the late 1970's to mid-1980's, when Robert Pittenger of Atascadero, CA took ownership. Mileage on record consistently tracks from 1982 at 11,400mi to its current reading of 31,000. 9501491 would receive a substantial amount of mechanical and cosmetic upkeep throughout Pittenger's care, the bulk of which was performed in the mid-1990s to early 2000s. Although, it appears that the car was frequently upkept and serviced over the last 35 years, only tailing off in more recent years. Copious records dating from 1977-2020 accompany the sale.

9501491 now wears a striking livery of Blue Metallic (DB387) over Black Leather upholstery, Dark Blue carpeting (318) and a Dark Blue Top with tan headliner. Matching 1959 date coded wheels complement, while wearing 5 new 175/80R13 BF Goodrich white walled tires. The cabin's interior is nicely detailed and tidy, with working electrics and safety equipment - while the paint is still very glossy, as is the brightwork. The luggage compartment displays correct gray mats, jack, and 4/59 stamped spare with matching tire. The 190s engine bay is equally kempt and presentable with Solex carburetors, correct equipment, fresh hoses and consumable items. The car's undercarriage is pleasantly preserved in appearance and very solid. An unrestored hardtop, with stand offers the driver three different top options should they choose to install.

Benefiting from a recent 2020 major service and tune-up – the service team DriverSource addressed and installed an OEM lamp switch, ring gear and all new associated shifter components, axle boots, steering wheel, horn button, ring and shifter knob, choke and heater cables, flasher, brake switch and bulbs, transmission mounts, brake master cylinder and fuel level sending unit, R&R starter, new battery, filter and fluids. All records of recent parts and services are included in the car's dossier, as well as numerous 190SL service manuals, parts catalogues, technical books and original parts. An assortment of rarely seen original owner's manuals, cards and booklets are found within the vinyl folio.

Classic Mercedes-Benz styling as the sensible alternative to the untouchable 300SL, we offer this admirable 190SL for worldwide purchase and delivery form our Houston, Texas showroom.

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To learn more about this vehicle, please contact our sales department at (281) 497-1000 or sales@driversource.com


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This Vehicle is Being Sold "As-Is." No extended warranty available for this vehicle.

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Terms of Sale Overview

We reserve the right to remove this listing at anytime should the vehicle no longer be available for sale. The following terms of sale apply to all of our listings.

Payment Terms:

All financial transactions must be completed prior to our release of any vehicle and its registration.

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Cash (in person), certified check, bank transfers, or 3rd-party financing.

Fees and Taxes:

Additional purchase fees for all retail buyers include: $50 Documentary Fee, $5 E-Tag fee, and Vehicle Inventory Tax of 0.2178% of the sale price (e.g. Sale Price - $10,000 @ 0.002178 = $21.78). All Texas Residents are also subject to a 6.25% Texas Sales Tax and state fees (LICENSE + REGISTRATION, and INSPECTION). Out of state buyers are responsible for all state, county, city taxes and fees, as well as title/registration fees in the state that the vehicle will be registered.


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