are passionate about classic sports &
muscle cars and the Mercedes Benz marque is
the Second World War, Mercedes Benz placed
a large emphasis in re-establishing its sporting
image. Mercedes racing cars took part in Grand
Prix, sports car and road race events and
were often successful. The 190 SL wasn't designed
to be a true sports car, but the company still
wanted to offer customers the option to race
their 190SL in competition.
190SL was officially introduced at the 1954
New York Motor Show as a prototype along with
the 300SL (Gullwing). Mercedes recognised
a need for a lower priced sports car as an
alternative to the expensive 300SL. One year
later the first production version of the
190SL appeared at the Geneva Motor Show in
In the Mercedes nomenclature, the SL means
Sports Light, however the 190SL
is quite heavy, but it is still able to maintain
attractive and sporty lines. It is easy to
drive and it is an excellent and reliable
touring car with acceptable performance by
The engine is a four cylinder 1897cc with
105 HP. Our customer’s engine is ceased and
will undergo a complete overhaul and rebuild
along with the entire transmission.
Many reliable components from other Mercedes
series were used in the 190SL which were produced
from 1955 to 1963 and in total 25,881 were
190SL is an attractive collector’s car with
a beautiful classic body, and it is fairly
inexpensive to maintain.
we offer concourse restorations, our client
wishes to use this car regularly and we will
restore it to a factory appearance with completely
new paintwork and custom trim. The remainder
of the vehicle will be completely refurbished,
so stay tuned for our updates.
If you own a classic Mercedes Benz, or any
period sports car, talk to us about your next
rebuild. We’re only too happy to provide a
paint on the Merc has now been completely
stripped bare with paint stripper "the
old school way". Now Adam
starts to work the file over the body. We
found heaps of bad repairs all over the vehicle
and we found the front was the worst part.
Adam had to rework the grill opening and headlight
buckets. The lower apron was completely out
of shape. The front end is now repaired.
the doors and quarters will be repaired. The
boot surround will require fabrication of
gets to work by welding new sections in the
boot channel. A state of the art brass welder
from FAN is used for this job. The advantages
with this welder is low heat and excellent
penetration. All hanging panels have now been
expoxy primed and await the speed file. Next
stop will be the body prime.
the last update, we have been very busy massaging
the little roadster back into shape. What
turned out to be a very miniscule amount of
pinholes on the rear quarters, turned out
to be a total removal of the panels themselves
and sourcing genuine panels that Adam stitched
into place eliminating all possibilities of
rust rearing its ugly head once more. This
coupe has been a challenge doing, as no short
cuts were taken anywhere and POR-15 has been
applied liberally in all hidden rust prone
this was all taking place, some other important
issues needed addressing such as engine transmission,
suspension parts, all usual bright work and
sealing rubbers bushes and all bolt on accessories
plus all the leather interior pieces and nick-nacks.
We believe along with the customer, that this
stylish and classy vehicle deserves more than
the Mercedes fitted 105bhp engine. A 1.9 litre
fully rebuilt spec motor plus a bolt on turbo
charger along with custom made intake manifold
and complementing exhaust manifold will turn
the original sedate setup to a true sports
package by doubling the factory power figures.
A late model EFI set-up will be fitted as
the years due to neglect and poor maintenance
the chrome was very sad looking indeed and
has been painstakingly repaired and rechromed
using the best people in the business as the
entailing photos will show. Also the surrounding
aluminium trims also got lavish amounts of
attention and truly look fantastic sitting
in their bags waiting to grace the roadster.
Its feet will also be firmly hugging the tarmac
with its factory appearing Silvertown radials
in place of what would be a OEM cross-ply.
will definitely be a spectacular looking car
when completed and when you take into account
its splendid looking colour combination which
we believe is one of the finest in this series.
Strawberry red will really complement the
luscious tan leather interior. Finally when
winter sets in, the roadster has its optional
canopy to keep the occupants warm and dry.
Today, we started the roadster with a burst
of enthusiasm. Last week the epoxy primer
had been meticulously sanded in preparation
for the final coats of finishing primer. These
layers are required to fill the heavy scratching
the blocking had made to the coupe’s curves.
coats were liberally applied, but most of
this will be sanded away leaving the body
looking better than brand new ready for its
new Strawberry Red basecoat. Some areas were
spot-primed so no bare metal remained exposed.
wore all our fingerprints off our hands today,
as the coupe copped no less than 3 different
grades of wet rubbing. The coupe will enter
the spray booth this coming Friday minus its
wheels, and set up high on jackstands ready
for its new suit come Saturday.
hardtop roof was also painted recently, giving
me an indication of how visually striking
the colour really is. It was cut back with
1200, followed by ultra-fine 1500,and finally
2000 grade paper and buffed to a mirror like
is now off to the trimmers for its new headlining
and rear window and stainless finishing trims.
We are almost there with the completion of
this awesome looking little machine, so stay
tuned as the project progresses to the final
arrived nice and early to prepare the Mercedes
for its final coats of colour. After some
thorough masking and de-greasing of panels,
I set to work applying the multiple layers
of strawberry red basecoat. Due to the poor
hiding power of this particular colour, four
coats were required instead of the usual two.
what seemed like forever, I finally mixed
the 2 pack clear and left it in the booth
to reach its required working temperature.
This makes the clear behave like water and
makes it easier to spray on smoothly, eliminating
dry spray and dull layers.
photos show the true style this roadster has
in the body department, and It will receive
a final cut and polish to remove any small
surface imperfections. The true gloss will
then be revealed. My final pieces left are
the brand new hubcaps and the wheels themselves
that need a lick of strawberry red. After
these are finished, the polishing procedures
keep you posted of the final assembly too,
so stick around as the action has just begun.
the fantastic paint job by Nick and Adam at
AN Custom Body works the tedious process of
assembly begins. All the parts that have been
refurbished over the past 12 months are now
ready to grace the little roadster.
under carriage was meticulously detailed with
under body coatings and all new suspension
components such as shocks, springs, rubbers
next phase was to install the engine bay components
such as heater controls, wiring, brake booster/master
cylinder. The engine and transmission was
then fitted to the sub frame which was installed
lowering the car over it as per factory process.
was the fitment of all the chrome bits such
as badges, trims, moulds, bumpers and overriders.
The car is now at this point and now we will
be concentrating on wiring up the EFI computer.
Once this has been completed we will be sending
this off to the trimmers who will ensure all
wiring is hidden.
updates will follow so stay tuned.
Progress on the little
Merc doesn’t stop. The immaculate chrome pieces
have now been fitted. The next phase of this
restoration will be to send the car off to