1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Mille Miglia Eligible 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Vehicle Description

DATE OF MANUFACTURE: 1955 | COLOUR: Black DB040 | INTERIOR TRIM: Cream Leather | PRICE: £199,750



In 1954, Mercedes displayed a concept version of the 190SL at the New York Auto show alongside the 300SL “Gullwing”. This concept came to market in 1955 as the 190SL, a more approachable, less intense sports car compared to the record-breaking 300SL 'Gullwing'. The factory offered for the causal weekend racer a Rennsport package, options of an aero screen, cut down doors which one could convert, removal of bumpers & lighten the 190SL. While the 190SL features a carbureted 1.9 liter inline four cylinder engine compared to the 300SL's direct-injected 3 liter slant six, they share basic engine design, suspension system, and 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 dual Solex carburetors and produced 120 horsepower. This powerplant was paired with a fully synchronized 4-speed transmission that sent power to the rear swing axle. The 190SL implemented the same suspension systems as the 300SL, all it be a much stable low pivot point assembly, affording it confident handling and drivability without the tail happy nature of the 300SL “Gullwing”.

The 190SL is immediately recognizable as a Mercedes, featuring dramatic curves and through yet restrained use of brightwork that defined this era of Mercedes. Many styling cues are borrowed from the 300SL “Gullwing” as well, notably the massive three-pointed star in the grille, head lamps, bumpers, dash, early 190SL bucket seats as well as 'eyebrows' over the wheels all it be finished with chrome.

While the 190SL did not quite offer the performance of other sports cars of the era, the impeccable quality and attractive styling made the 190SL a massive success- selling 25,881 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. Now much sort after & highly collectible due to its “Style & Beauty”.


Original Italian delivered to European specification & residing in dry state of Italy before finding its way to Switzerland where the current owner imported to the UK where now registered.

Retains many of the early feature of first production 190SL's & is eligible & well suited for the modern Mille Miglia event which is reserved only for cars that participated in the original & historic race held between 1927 to 1957. This is a crucial factor for many classic car enthusiasts as it was recently discovered a Mercedes Benz 190SL was privately entered in the 1956 race & thus joins the privileged list of vehicles.

The Mercedes Benz 190SL was manufactured from 1955 to 1963. This 1955 is one of the very first & original 190SL's in production & has the desirable early specifications & interior like the “Gullwing” type sports seats.

A matching engine & chassis numbers 190SL in its original black exterior colour complemented by black mohair hood & cream leather interior makes for a superb finish to early style “Gullwing” seats providing for a firmer & sportier seating position. Great basis for a conversion to the optional factory SLR specification to make for a light weight racer with areo screen & cut down doors.

Extensive full restoration work completed by its current owner retaining as much as possible attention to detail of original parts. The bodyshell was stripped down to bare metal & needed very little work to the outer body panels, a credit to its original state. Running superbly on original Solex carburettors set up by Parry Chana of Lux Classics & complete run down mile post restoration work.

This 190SL comes with extensive history file detailing the restoration, original documentation dating back to 1960’s & invoices to 1970’s. A small window hardtop comes complete with all chrome fittings together with a radio delete plate.

This vehicle is available for viewing in the UK on an appointment basis & would suit a collector or owner with whom this vehicle will represent a good acquisition opportunity.


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