Denholm Elliott’s Mercedes-Benz 190SL at Historics auction
Denholm Elliott CBE, perhaps best known for playing Dr. Marcus Brody in the popular Indiana Jones movie series, was the original owner of a beautiful Mercedes-Benz 190SL, bound for auction by Historics at Brooklands on Saturday 31st August.
If its monocoque construction guaranteed a dependable drive, the twin-carb, four-cylinder engine was produced with efficiency in mind, and designed to run on low-quality post-war petrol – as such typically returning approx. 25mpg on current regular unleaded – making it an eminently attractive option for modern day classic motoring.
Despite the engine being readied for re-build, it was found to be in excellent condition and requiring only the installation of fresh bearing and rings. Currently running on twin Weber carburettors, the original Solex 44PHH units are offered with the car, along with a hard top and new soft top, as well as a fitted tonneau cover.
A comprehensive file of invoices for parts and work, a number of instruction manuals and a full 12 month MoT test certificate are also supplied, along with the original buff logbook still bearing Denholm Elliott’s name and signature. Having sold two 190SL’s at its last sale on June 1st for £56,000 and £55,000 respectively, Historics’ expect equally excited bidding on its latest model, with a pre-sale estimate set at £45,000 to £55,000.