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, and now ludicrously 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, this endowed the sleep aerodynamic and comparatively light 190SL that boasted a top speed of 115mph and a respectable 0-60 time of 13.0 seconds.
The eye catching 190SL we have on offer here today is beautifully finished in silver with red leather upholstery, and has been recently renovated to its current resplendent condition by its private owner using only official Mercedes-Benz parts. Supporting invoices detailing the works undertaken amass to in excess of £41,000.
Some of the work included a bare metal respray, engine rebuild, new soft top, a complete interior re-trim, most brightwork being re-chromed or completely replaced where necessary, heating system replaced, brake booster re-conditioned, rebuilt alternator and the fuel pump converted to electric for improved usability (original available on request).
In the history file one will find the previous American title document, original books and manuals, UK Log book, and numerous invoices from Mercedes specialists such as MB Classic centre and MB Sandown Poole.
Provided with the under-appreciated yet surprisingly practical hardtop finished in black, what we have on offer here today is an excellent example of the ever appreciating 190SL.