1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible  Chassis no. 12104 06 502482 Engine no. 12132 16 302354
Lot 295
1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible
Registration no. 129 YUY Chassis no. 12104 06 502482 Engine no. 12132 16 302354
Sold for £82,140 (US$ 109,882) inc. premium

Goodwood Revival

13 Sep 2014, 14:00 BST

Chichester, Goodwood

Lot Details
1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible  Chassis no. 12104 06 502482 Engine no. 12132 16 302354 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible  Chassis no. 12104 06 502482 Engine no. 12132 16 302354 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible  Chassis no. 12104 06 502482 Engine no. 12132 16 302354 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible  Chassis no. 12104 06 502482 Engine no. 12132 16 302354 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible  Chassis no. 12104 06 502482 Engine no. 12132 16 302354 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible  Chassis no. 12104 06 502482 Engine no. 12132 16 302354 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible  Chassis no. 12104 06 502482 Engine no. 12132 16 302354 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible  Chassis no. 12104 06 502482 Engine no. 12132 16 302354 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible  Chassis no. 12104 06 502482 Engine no. 12132 16 302354 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible  Chassis no. 12104 06 502482 Engine no. 12132 16 302354
1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible
Registration no. 129 YUY
Chassis no. 12104 06 502482
Engine no. 12132 16 302354

Footnotes

  • 'It proved to be fast and tireless, exhilarating to drive and was probably created with long distance, comfortable travel in mind...' The Autocar on the Mercedes-Benz 190SL, 10th January 1956.

    As economic conditions improved after WW2 it became inevitable that Mercedes-Benz would return to the racetrack. The result was the superb 300 Super Leicht series of sports-racing cars that proved so successful in international competition. In 1954 the road-going 300SL 'Gullwing' coupé was introduced, causing a sensation and setting new standards for high performance sports cars. The following year saw the 300SL joined by a smaller-engined roadster with broadly similar styling - the 190SL. It shared the same wheelbase as its big sister and was powered by a 1,897cc overhead-camshaft four - the first such engine ever to feature in a Mercedes-Benz. The new model combined 100mph-plus performance with economical fuel consumption in the region of 25-30 miles per gallon. It featured a four-speed, all-synchromesh gearbox, servo-assisted hydraulic drum brakes and rode on fully independent suspension. This advance suspension set-up meant that the 190SL was more comfortable than any contemporary British sports car and unlike the 180 saloon, on which its mechanical components were based, it had a floor-mounted gearchange. The model was available as a two-seater convertible or coupé, and production continued until 1963.

    First registered in the UK in October 2013, this early 190SL was supplied new in Italy and is understood to have had only two owners prior to the last one purchasing it. The car was restored in Italy to an exceptionally high standard; indeed, its appearance is remarkable and every detail shows the high calibre of workmanship involved. Finished in white with red leather interior and contrasting black hood, it presents as if it were a one-year-old example, with insignificant wear. '129 YUY' will have been fully serviced and freshly MoT'd prior to sale by one of the UK's leading Mercedes-Benz specialists. One of the best examples currently available, the car is offered with Mercedes-Benz dating letter, owner's manual (in French), ASI/FIVA card, Italian Certificato di Proprieta, MoT to August 2015 and V5C registration document.
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