DATE OF MANUFACTURE: 1957 | COLOUR: Black | INTERIOR TRIM: Cream | PRICE: £155,000
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO OFFER THIS RARE RIGHT HAND DRIVE 1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL.
ORIGINAL UK DELIVERED IN UK SPECIFICATION & COMES OUT OF LONG TERM OWNERSHIP HAVING HAD A FULL RESTORATION & RETAINS ITS ORIGINAL SOLEX CARBURETORS & OTHER ORIGINAL ITEMS. HISTORY DATING BACK TO 1969.
THE MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL
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”.
THIS MOTOR VEHICLE
Now prepared in house by our dedicated team of professionals, detailing its gleaming Black Exterior paintwork & Cream leather interior both finished off by the exceptional chromework.
Original UK delivery & well documented owners since within the file. Original restoration dating back to 1988 with all panel work changed correctly & still solid to this date. Further cosmetic restoration completed 2016 comprising, engine rebuild, Solex carburetors rebuild, component off bare metal respray, rechrome & retire of interior leather, carpets & original mohair black soft top with beige inner.
Extensive files with a few restoration invoices, sales invoices & letters of communication. A vehicle that comes highly recommend by our own in-house expert Parry Chana who has worked on this 190SL with his team over the past 20 years.
This vehicle is available for viewing in the UK on an appointment basis & would suit a collector or single owner with whom this vehicle will represent a good acquisition opportunity.
Lux Classics make every effort to ensure that the information contained on the website ("the Information") is accurate and complete. However, errors and omissions may occur from time to time and we are not able to guarantee the accuracy of the Information. Therefore, we cannot be held liable for any reliance which you place on the information. Lux Classics does not give any warranties in respect of the website or the Information or the goods and services available via the website and makes no representations as the fitness for a particular purpose of any goods or services available via the website.