1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682

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Beautifully presented and matching numbers example
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL

Sold for US$ 162,250 inc. premium
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL

Chassis no. 121042.10.015590
Engine no. 121921.10.015682

1,897cc SOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
2 Solex Carburetors
105bhp at 5,700rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*Exquisite restoration by Bruce Adams
*Recent extensive service by Mercedes-Benz Classic Center
*Charming color-combination
*Matching numbers example
*Offered with Mercedes-Benz factory records and restoration file



THE MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL

In 1954, Mercedes displayed a concept at the New York Auto show of a beautiful two-seat roadster with a removable hardtop. This concept came to market in 1955 as the 190SL, a more approachable, less intense sports car compared to the record-breaking 300SL 'Gullwing'. While the 190SL featured a carbureted 1.9 liter inline four cylinder engine compared to the 300SL's direct-injected 3 liter slant six, they shared a basic engine design, suspension system, and a level of detail and craftsmanship that defines Mercedes-Benz.

The new engine, which shared the same bore and stroke of the 300SL, was paired with a fully synchronized 4-speed transmission that sent power to the rear swing axles. The 190SL implemented the same suspension systems as the 300SL, affording it confident handling and drivability.

The 190SL is immediately recognizable as a Mercedes, featuring dramatic curves and thorough yet restrained use of brightwork that defined this era of Mercedes. Many styling cues are borrowed from the 300SL as well, notably the massive three-pointed star in the grille as well as the 'eyebrows' over the wheels.

While the 190SL did not quite offer the performance of other sports cars of the era, the impeccable quality and attractive styling made the 190 a massive success – selling over 25,000 units before production ceased in 1963. Many of these models were delivered to the United States, where its driving demeanor and elegant styling were highly valued. The 190SL is an important part of the culture of small roadsters in the 1950s, as it demonstrated how luxurious the platform could be.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Completed at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Stuttgart in December of 1959, this superb example of the elegant 190SL was finished in Light Blue DB334 over a Crème leather interior, equipped with sealed beam headlights, and was soon shipped off to New York and Max Hoffman's now-legendary US distributorship.

This 190SL is believed to have been purchased by a New York state enthusiast in the early 1960s, who would keep the car until just a few years ago. Noted Mercedes-Benz specialist Bruce Adams recently performed a comprehensive restoration on this classic Mercedes-Benz. Hundreds of receipts and photos from the work performed can be found in the cars extensive restoration file. Most recently, Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine has attended to the car both cosmetically and mechanically, resulting in more than $30,000 worth of work performed by them. The high level of care in the restoration is immediately recognizable in the materials and colors used – a trait evident throughout the car. Offered with copies of the Mercedes-Benz factory build sheets and a comprehensive restoration file, this incredible 190SL offers a great opportunity to purchase an outstanding example of a charming and iconic roadster.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled with chassis number 1210420015590 and this car engine number 121.921.10.020694 does not match the car factory records.
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1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL  Chassis no. 121042.10.015590 Engine no. 121921.10.015682
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