If you’ve always lusted after a classic ’50s Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster, Sheryl Crow has one you might like.
The Grammy award-winning singer is auctioning off her much-loved 190SL at Pebble Beach, California later this month to raise money for tornado-ravaged Joplin in her home state of Missouri.
“After the tornado in Joplin, I was moved to help rebuild a city so close to where I grew up in Missouri. My hope is that the auction will bring in funds to help rebuild the schools in the area,” says Crow, who was a schoolteacher before launching her singing career.
Her Mercedes is a beauty. It’s white with a rare white optional hard top, black convertible top and cool whitewall tires. It was fully-restored back in 2005 after she bought it – and these things are not cheap to restore – and has a new black leather interior.
Crow says that she loves the car and has owned it for six years, but doesn’t have the time to drive it anymore.
Gooding & Co., the car collector auction house has put an estimate of $50,000 to $80,000 on the car and will present it at the company’s classic car auction on Sunday, August 21, during the famous Pebble Beach collector car weekend.
I’m betting that with all the wealth that’s around during the Pebble Beach weekend, the car will probably sell for more than double that estimate. It’s also being offered without reserve which tends to bring in serious bids.
While 190SLs are nothing near as collectible as the 190’s big brother, the much-rarer 300SL, it’s still a lovely car that oozes old Hollywood charm. It’s not quick with its four-cylinder engine cranking out just 104-hp, but just sitting behind that enormous white steering wheel is a joy.
This would be the perfect car to enjoy that winding road that Sheryl sings about.