In 1954 Mercedes-Benz had introduced the 300SL sports car, a ‘Gullwing’ coupé inspired by the German manufacturer’s highly successful 300 Super Leicht series of sports-racers that had spearheaded its return to international competition. Expensive and exclusive, the 300SL caused a sensation and set new standards for high performance sports cars. Introduced at the same time was a less expensive and less exotic but no less refined sports roadster: the 190SL. Based on the 180 saloon, whose all-independently-suspended running gear it used, the 190SL entered production in January 1955 following a delay caused by alterations aimed at strengthening the saloon’s shortened platform to compensate for the open body’s reduced stiffness.
Mounted on a detachable sub-frame together with the 4-speed manual gearbox, front suspension and steering, the power unit was a 1,897cc overhead-camshaft four – the first such engine ever to feature in a Mercedes-Benz. Breathing through twin Solex downdraft carburettors, this M121 unit produced 105bhp at 5,700rpm, an output sufficient to take the 190SL from 0-100km/h in 14.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 171km/h (106mph). The 190SL was also relatively economical, and indeed more comfortable than the typical British sports car of the time, but the fact that the SL’s ride and handling was more ‘boulevard’ than ‘sporting’ did little to hinder sales. The model was a big hit in the USA, where many of the near 26,000 produced between 1955 and 1963 found homes.
This 1956 190SL is finished in white with blue interior. It is described by the seller as being in good condition, and it comes with Italian registration. A very charming car.
Dieser 1956er 190SL ist in Weiß mit blauem Interieur gefertigt. Laut Verkäufer ist es in gutem Zustand, und kommt mit italienischer Registrierung. Ein sehr charmantes Auto.