During the 1950s, when Mercedes-Benz were the dominant force in top-level motor sport, the undisputed flagship of the firm’s production car range was the stunning 300SL sports car. Highly desirable as it was, it was also financially out of the reach of most enthusiasts. Keen to capitalise on the 300SL’s numerous competition successes, and find a foothold in the increasingly lucrative sports car market, Mercedes-Benz introduced its smaller stable mate, the equally beautifully engineered 190SL.
Launched at the 1955 Frankfurt Show, the attractive 190SL roadster looked very similar to the 300SL, but thanks to more modest underpinnings it cost a great deal less. Based on the 180 saloon of 1953 – Mercedes-Benz’s first car to use a unitary construction body/chassis – the 190SL sported all round coil spring suspension and power assisted drum brakes. Power came from a 1,897cc version of the 180 saloon’s four cylinder engine which, via twin Solex carburettors, produced 120bhp at 5,700rpm and 101lb/ft at 3,800rpm. Allied to a four-speed manual gearbox, this endowed the sleek, aerodynamic and comparatively light 190SL with a 115mph top speed and 0-60mph acceleration in a respectable 13.0 seconds.
This magnificent left hand drive example has been the subject to a recent restoration. The engine, gearbox and drivetrain have been overhauled with 100% original parts and as one would expect, they are described as being in excellent condition. Manufactured in 1960, it is finished in its original colour of white and is complemented with a red hide interior and black soft top. Fitted with additional drivers lights which adds to the visual drama of one of the most beautiful post-war sports cars, this striking and practical all year round classic is ready to be enjoyed and a fine example of this iconic roadster.
Dieses großartige Linkslenker wurde kürzlich erst restauriert. Motor, Getriebe und Antrieb sind zu 100% mit Originalteilen aufgearbeitet worden, und im ausgezeichneten Zustand. Gefertigt 1960, in seiner ursprünglichen Farbe Weiß und ergänzt mit rotem Interieur und schwarzem Soft-Dach.
Ausgerüstet mit zusätzlichen Fahrerlichtern, welche sich der Gesamtoptik von einem der schönsten Nachkriegssportwagen anpassen, ist dieser fantastische ikonische Roadster bereit um genossen zu werden.