In 1954, Mercedes displayed a concept at the New York Auto show of a beautiful two-seat roadster with a removable hardtop. This concept came to market in 1955 as the 190SL, a more approachable, less intense sports car compared to the record-breaking 300SL ‘Gullwing’. While the 190SL features a carbureted 1.9 liter inline four cylinder engine compared to the 300SL’s direct-injected 3 liter slant six, they share basic engine design, suspension system, and level of detail and craftsmanship that defines Mercedes-Benz.
The new engine, which shared the same bore and stroke of the 300SL, was paired with dual Solex carburetors and produced 120 horsepower. This powerplant was paired with a fully synchronized 4-speed transmission that sent power to the rear swing axles. The 190SL implemented the same suspension systems as the 300SL, affording it confident handling and drivability.
The 190SL is immediately recognizable as a Mercedes, featuring dramatic curves and through yet restrained use of brightwork that defined this era of Mercedes. Many styling cues are borrowed from the 300SL as well, notably the massive three-pointed star in the grille as well as the ‘eyebrows’ over the wheels.
While the 190SL did not quite offer the performance of other sports cars of the era, the impeccable quality and attractive styling made the 190 a massive success- selling over 25,000 units before production ceased in 1963. Many of these models were delivered to the United States, where its driving demeanor and elegant styling were highly valued. The 190SL is an important part of the culture of small roadsters in the 1950s, as it demonstrated how luxurious the platform could be.
This beautiful 190SL, sporting a wonderful white over red color combination, was originally delivered has had just three owners from new. The first , taking delivery in 1960 kept the car until 1969, when the car changed to its second owner. In 2009 the car was purchased by the third and current owner ( having covered just 58,000 km in this time). A rotisserie restoration was completed in 2015- and now the car, complete with hardtop can only be described as excellent.
Well sorted throughout, the fine brightwork compliments the paintwork nicely. Mechanically, this car is in fine working order, recently undergoing a rebuild of the braking system and tuning. With French Control Technique until 2018 and with its French Carte Grise this wonderful 190 presents a rare opportunity to acquire a great example one of the most stylish roadsters of the 1960s with exceptional driving pleasure.
Cette belle 190 SL d’une belle couleur blanche et rouge n’a eu que trois propriétaires. Le premier qui a pris possession de la voiture en 1960 l’a gardée jusqu’en 1969 où elle a été rachetée par son second propriétaire. En 2009 elle a un troisième propriétaire (pendant tout ce temps elle n’a fait que 58.000 km) une restauration a eu lieu en 2015 et maintenant la voiture complétée par un toit en dur peut être décrite comme excellente.
En bon état général la peinture est belle et sur le plan mécanique elle est en très bon état de marche , le système de freinage ayant été refait récemment. Avec un contrôle technique Français valable jusqu’en 2018 et sa carte grise Française cette magnifique 190 présente une rare opportunité d’acquérir un des roadsters les plus stylés des années 1960 et d’avoir un exceptionnel plaisir à le conduire.