This Barnfind Mercedes-Benz 190SL Has Become The Ultimate Barchetta Cruiser
Photography by Ted Gushue
You’re not looking at a factory special, but at a resurrection worthy of praise. Who knew that deleting a windscreen and allowing a classic to accumulate eight years of rat droppings could make a car complete?
Ted Gushue: How did you come across this thing?
Michael Potiker: I was going for a walk with my father in our neighborhood and I noticed there was a garage door open on a derelict-looking house down the road. There was a car under a cover, with a little sliver of chrome showing. Everything else was covered in dust and dirt. It was right by the ocean, and it had deposited clay and dirt from the cliffs for who knows how long. It looked interesting. Clearly someone knew that it was valuable, as it had a custom fit cover, but it looked like they’d forgotten about it long ago. I went home and thought about it, and then I went back the next day and knocked on the door. A nurse answered, which is where things got interesting.