1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL
Chassis no. 121040.9500166
Engine no. 121921.10.9500172
1,897cc SOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
2 Solex Carburetors
105bhp at 5,700rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Matching numbers example
*Striking color combination
*Offered with books and build sheets
*Attractive European Roadster for the connoisseur
The Mercedes-Benz 190SL
With the American sports car market booming in the early 1950s, Mercedes-Benz agent Max Hoffman needed an affordable sporting Mercedes-Benz model to distribute. With the up-market 300SL already in production, the 190SL was conceived as a higher volume sales leader, incorporating sophisticated styling that resembled that of the 6-cylinder 300SL; in short, a sporting Mercedes that was more attainable than the super-exotic Gullwing and 300SL Roadster models.
Constructed on a modern monocoque chassis platform, using coil sprung independent suspension both front and rear, the 190SL handled very well. The 1.9 liter SOHC 4-cylinder engine used a light aluminum cylinder head and was mated to a fully synchronized 4-speed manual transmission. Built between 1955 and 1963, the classy Mercedes-Benz became a very popular choice for the young and hip. Using many styling and engineering details from its big brother, the 300SL, it was most importantly a quality automobile as was expected from Mercedes-Benz.
The Motorcar Offered
This fine example of the classic Mercedes-Benz 190SL must be one of the best restored 190's available today. Completed at the Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz plant in February 1959, the new Roadster was finished in black, with a contrasting light ivory hard top. Built as a US-version, the car was handsomely equipped with a windshield washing device, white-wall tires, a rear jump-seat and a rearview mirror on the left door.
Like many European sports cars of this era, this example was delivered new through the New York City based importer, Hoffman Imports. Although little is known about the car's early history, it is evident that the previous owner did a fantastic job bringing this car back to its former glory. The ground-up restoration performed included all new cosmetics and a a full mechanical overhaul. The car presents beautifully throughout; the silver exterior is sharply accented by tidy bright work and the correctly trimmed interior in green complements the exterior tremendously well.
These wonderful Mercedes-Benz Roadsters are highly usable weekend drivers or welcomed entries in most Concours d'Elegance events. With parts readily available from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, these cars are easy to maintain. Their popularity has skyrocketed in recent years; they are truly a classic on the rise.