1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL
Chassis no. 121042.10.017584
Engine no. 121921.10.017694
1,897cc SOHC Inline Four-Cylinder Engine
2 Solex Carburetors
115bhp at 5,700rpm
Four-speed Manual Transmission
Four-wheel independent suspension
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
-Matching numbers example
-Delivered new in Black over Beige
-Equipped with tasteful performance upgrades
-Offered with copies of the factory build sheets
With the US sports car market booming in the early 1950s, Mercedes-Benz' man on the ground over here, Max Hoffman, was looking for an affordable sporting Mercedes-Benz to distribute. With the up-market 300SL in production, the 190SL was conceived to be the money maker. Constructed on a modern monocoque chassis platform, using coil sprung independent suspension both front and back, 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 for better drivability. 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 the big brother 300S, it was most importantly a quality automobile as was expected coming from Mercedes-Benz.
The Motorcar Offered
The fine example of the classic Mercedes-Benz 190SL offered here was delivered new in a striking Black over a Cream MB Tex interior color combination, just like it appears today. According to copies of the Mercedes-Benz factory build sheets, the car left the Stuttgart plant destined for the US market, painted the DB040 Black with L2 Cream MB-Tex interior, L2 Boucle Cream carpet, a Black soft top, fitted with white wall tires, bumper guards, a rearview mirror on the left door and with a Becker Europe radio installed - a very classy car indeed. Little is known about the cars early history, but over the years much professional restoration work has been done to keep this charming 190SL in good order. The work performed includes careful installation of a new interior and convertible top, new tires and brake service, as well as installation of a stainless steel exhaust system. The car at present is beautiful throughout; performance upgrades have made it an even better companion for drives or rallies. The black is sharply accented by tidy bright work and the cream interior, a combination that really suits these cars tremendously, yet is rarely seen. Accompanied by copies of the Mercedes-Benz factory build sheets, documenting the cars matching numbers engine is still in place, this elegant 190SL deserves serious consideration.