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Grandmother’s 190 SL needs restoration


Purchased new by a high school home economics teacher and owned by the same family ever since, the Pick of the Day is a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL located in San Diego, California.

“This car has been in my family since it was first purchased in 1962 by my grandmother,” the private seller says in the car’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com.

“When she passed, it went to her son. He restored it in the ‘80s. Until his death he drove and actively maintained the car,” the seller continues. 

Seller was 1-year-old when his grandmother drove home in the new 190

“It was a fully drivable vehicle up until it was taken apart for a new restoration. The engine was rebuilt, out of the car on a custom stand but running, and being fine-tuned and tinkered with when my uncle passed. The restoration process came to a complete halt.”

That’s when the seller “figured that with my elbow grease and $20K to $30K I could have a great car.”

However, things happened, that restoration by family members is not going to happen and “I’d like to find a good home for it, and someone who shares my passion and wants to adopt and complete this project.”

The seller believes all the parts have been kept together and there also is a supply of spare parts, “mostly the non-working original parts.”

The engine is still on its stand and is part of the sale. 

The seller is asking $57,800. 

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Kindly let me know the price. I would like to purchase right away and restore it! Looking forward to hear from you.
    Kind regards
    Matthias Wiesmann
    Managing Director, Ariyana Hospitality Complex, Danang, Vietnam.

    • Click on the Pick of the Day red link at the end of the article, which will take you to the seller’s ad, with more information, including price and location.


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