• Merc 190C ‘too good for modern traffic’... in 1975

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    The owner of this handsome #Mercedes-Benz 190C felt that after 10 years of sparing usage and a mere 7295 miles, the careless drivers of mid-1970s Britain presented too much of a risk to its wellbeing, so away it went. It was bought new from Mercedes-Benz main dealer Comberhill Garage in Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire, on 1 September 1965. The original dealer wallet, salesman’s business card, key fob, first and last tax disc, dealer tax disc holder, radio leaflet, radio blanking plate and last MoT certificate are all still with the car.

    The owner ordered Mercedes-Benz’s fitted carpets, but chose not to use them and for some reason had another set made to protect the rubber matting. It comes to sale with the aforementioned original paperwork plus a toolkit, jack and wheel brace. The spare wheel has never been fitted. It’s being offered by the family of the first and only owner via H&H’s Pavilion Gardens sale in Buxton on November 27, with no reserve. Our price guide says a really nice fintail 190 is worth about £10,000-£12,000 – could this time-capsule car exceed that, despite the work required to return it to the road?

    Kept safe from the rigours of the road for nearly 45 years. This fintail 190 has covered only 7295 miles from new. Interior looks a lot fresher than the exterior after lay-up.