• This is a twin to my very first car, bought off a lot in 1966 with my father's blessing and my grandmother's gift of $500. I must disagree with DT's assessment that it drives "like a boat." A '76 Oldsmobile 98 Regency drives like a boat; a '79 Lincoln Continental drives like a boat. The driving experience of this 190 is not remotely comparable to either of those cars. My baby Benz was nowhere near fast, and the term "handling" could only be applied in the most general terms, but it did get me faithfully back and forth from home in Rhode Island to college in Philadelphia for two years without complaint or drama, through all kinds of lousy weather, and like all Mercedes from this era, could maintain the I-95 speed limit of 65 mph (once it got up there) all day long. Because of its low weight, it was easy on tires, not bad on gas, robust and dead simple to work on, even for a non-mechanic like myself. I abandoned it on the street in Philly when I realized that my inattention to winterizing it had resulted in a cracked radiator after a heavy snowfall, and I didn't have the money to fix it.

    Assuming this car runs and has had minimal maintenance (bushings, seals, clutch, brake pads), it should be able to provide several more years of service for a college kid or a weekend hobbyist. It was the car that started my love affair with Mercedes, and later on I was able to acquire a '59 220S Ponton Coupe, and currently have a '90 300CE Coupe with 57,000 two-owner miles in my garage. The ask may be a little optimistic, but I'd wager there's some room for negotiation. Just don't call it a boat.

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