During the 50’s, 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 stablemate, the equally beautifully engineered 190SL.
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 190SL was powered by a new, slightly over square 1.9 litre straight-four SOHC engine that developed 120bhp 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 sleek aerodynamic and comparatively light 190SL that boasted a top speed of 115mph and a respectable 0-60 time of 13.0 seconds.
This simply stunning Right Hand Drive 190SL was first delivered new to Asia in 1960, finding its way to the UK in the 1970’s. The SL has just benefited from a hugely detailed rebuild to the tune of over £130,000 by a highly respected specialist, with much attention given to the mechanicals, bodywork and trim, and is now presented in exceptional condition in all respects. Presented in the definitive colour scheme of DB180 silver with a red leather interior, and correct in every detail, this 190SL is a fantastic opportunity to own a genuine RHD car that is growing in status, popularity and value.
The SL is supplied with a thick history file detailing works completed, with previous invoices and ownership history. For those seeking a genuine investment quality RHD 190SL, we believe this fantastic example merits close inspection.