<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768

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1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL
Chassis no. 121042.7501768

Without reserve

Sold for US$ 77,000 inc. premium
1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL

Chassis no. 121042.7501768

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


*Beautifully presented example of the classic 190SL
*Fine Mercedes-Benz engineering in a sporting package
*Handsomely optioned example
*Little brother to the 300SL
*Documented by copies of the factory build sheets



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, and was most importantly a quality automobile as was expected from Mercedes-Benz.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Completed at the Stuttgart-based Mercedes-Benz plant in April of 1957, this beautiful example was built as a US market car, fitted with sealed beam headlights and gauges reading in English. The new Roadster was finished in the classic color of DB608 Ivory White, trimmed in red leather, and topped by a black soft top. Handsomely optioned with a Becker Europa radio among many other details, the stylish Mercedes-Benz was shipped off to the United States, where South Bend, Indiana based Studebaker/Packard would act as the distributor.

The 190SL's early history remains unknown, but by the 1990's the car was owned by a Chicago-based collector, who commissioned a thorough restoration of the aging Mercedes-Benz. The car was re-finished in a period-correct dark red color, neatly appointed by a black interior and the classic ivory steering wheel. Offered with a copy of the Mercedes-Benz factory build sheet, books, tools, and a Mercedes-Benz branded first aid kit, this charming Roadster should prove itself to be enjoyable on Sunday drives, and offers the thrill of German sports car ownership at a much more affordable price that that of the "big-brother" 300SL.

Without reserve

Footnotes

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled with chassis number 7501768.
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<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
<b>1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  </b><br />Chassis no. 121042.7501768
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