<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438

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1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster
Chassis no. 121040.10.020278
Engine no. 121.921.10.020438

Sold for US$ 123,200 inc. premium
1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster
Chassis no. 121040.10.020278
Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
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

*Exceedingly original example throughout
*One family ownership for over five decades
*Less than 46,000 miles from new
*Well-documented provenance
*Striking color combination


THE MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL

For those not wealthy enough to afford its hyper-expensive, race-bred sports car, the 300SL, Mercedes-Benz offered the less exotic but no less refined 190SL. Announced in 1954 and based on the 180 Saloon, whose all-independently-suspended running gear it used, the 190SL did not enter production until January 1955, the delay being caused by alterations aimed at strengthening the saloon's shortened platform to compensate for the open body's reduced stiffness. "Very few new sports cars have been so eagerly awaited or so long in coming as the moderately priced SL version of the Mercedes-Benz," observed Road & Track magazine.

Mounted on a detachable subframe along with the four-speed manual gearbox, front suspension and steering, the power unit was a 1,897cc overhead-camshaft four, the first such engine ever to feature in a Mercedes-Benz. Breathing through twin Solex downdraft carburetors, this M121 power unit produced 105bhp at 5,700rpm, an output sufficient to propel the 190SL to 100km/h in 14.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 171km/h. The fact that the 190's ride was more boulevard than sporting, and that many contemporary sports cars could outperform it while costing a good deal less, did nothing to deter sales. The model was a big hit in the US, where a good percentage of the slightly fewer than 26,000 produced between 1955 and 1963 found homes.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Offered here is arguably one of the most original and best preserved examples of the classic Mercedes-Benz 190SL. Purchased new in Oslo, Norway by Omaha, Nebraska native Roger Wolfe, the car was used by him to tour Europe in the early 1960s. Mr. Wolfe had been stationed as a prison guard in Europe during WWII, and had since had a dream of owning a European sports car. During the 1950s Mr. Wolfe had worked long hours at the SAC Air Force Base, enabling him to realize his dream.

Initially Mr. Wolfe's automotive tastes leaned towards Jaguar, but when in Oslo he noticed the exceptional craftsmanship of the Mercedes-Benz cars. He would order the new 190SL as it's seen today, direct from the Norwegian importer and main dealership, Cederwall-Larsen & Patt AS, and after touring the continent with old friends, he returned to Nebraska with the car.

Back in States, Mr. Wolfe used the car at his wedding in 1963, and then took his bride on a tour around the US in the black Mercedes-Benz. The 190SL would later be used solely for weekends and special occasions, and remained with Roger Wolfe until he passed away in 1996. It stayed with his family in his son's possession until recently.

Today, this highly original 190SL records fewer than 46,000 miles on its odometer, and clearly benefits from the single-family ownership it enjoyed for over five decades. The beautifully patinated black exterior has charm and character, neatly complimenting its red interior, which remains largely original with the exception of the seat covers, which were recently replaced. Accompanied with a black hardtop, a soft-top, and a substantial history file, the 190SL has also been recently serviced. A great car to enter in Preservation class Concours events, this charming Mercedes-Benz stands out in terms of history and condition.
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<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
<b>1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. 121040.10.020278  <br />Engine no. 121.921.10.020438
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