Unafraid of the Metric Wrench

While Sports Car Services may be known best for our specialty in servicing and restoring English cars (indeed, 10 MG’s + 4 Jaguars  + 3 Triumphs + 1 Austin-Healy = A LOT of British steel in the last few weeks), we also happen to be just as capable when it comes to automobile manufacturers based more than a few miles from Coventry or Abington.

In fact, the SCS team know their way around a Metric wrench considerably better than you might expect–below you’ll find some farewell photos taken of a simply stunning R121 chassis Mercedes 190SL fresh out of one of our service bays in Keene, NH after a spring-time recommission and complete engine compartment restoration.

Sibling to the classic Gullwing Mercedes, the 190SL was a lighter, smaller and more accessible variant introduced in 1955 after the smashing success of perhaps Max Hoffman’s (who’s name you may recognize from Porsche 356 and BMW 507 lore) most notable achievement, the 300SL. The one pictured below is a truly fine testament to what many consider to be the greatest period in automotive history, manufacturing and racing–despite arriving with an engine bay filled with decades of refuse, and literally duct-taped together, the hand-built character of this car shone through straight from the beginning, only to become increasingly resonant as the job reached completion. While parts were celestially dear compared to what we’ve come to expect from many English part suppliers, it’s easy to see how one might be coaxed to affair with one of these machines–the small details won my heart from the beginning. From the toggle and pin style hoseclamps, to the ornate cockpit gauge cluster and switches, to the coachwork and upholstery stitched like only a German knows how, this one earned itself a spot on the bucket-list before I even got behind the wheel.

Alastair Dowst

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