Stylistically evocative of the mighty 300SL, but with a slightly less complex drive train, the 190SL remains among the most desirable roadsters of its era. The prototype was first shown at the 1954 New York Auto Show, with the 190SL produced between May 1955 and February 1963.
The 190SL was sold alongside the faster, more expensive Mercedes-Benz 300SL, similar not just in terms of styling, engineering and detailing, but also sharing fully independent suspension, double wishbone suspension at the front and swing axles at the rear.
The 190 SL was powered by a new, slightly over square 1.9 litre straight-four SOHC engine that developed 120hp with twin-choke dual Solex carburettors, the four-cylinder engine block was based on the six-cylinder engine of the 300 SL. Teamed with a four-speed manual gearbox, sleek aerodynamics and comparatively light weight allowed for a top speed of 115mph and a respectable 0-60 time of 13.0 seconds.
The 190SL on offer here today has been subject to a recent Body-Off, nut and bolt restoration and has travelled only a few hundred test-kilometres since. Finished in a wonderful metallic blue with cognac leather interior, this example is described by the vendor to be in excellent condition throughout. Included in the history file are numerous invoices and photographs detailing the restoration in great depth.
This is a rare opportunity to buy a European 190SL that has been subject to a no-expense spared restoration only a few hundred kilometres ago. Fitted with a new mohair hood she is ready to be enjoyed on the open road. Offered at a very fair reserve, one not to be missed.