1958 Mercedes Benz 190SL


Vehicle Description

DATE OF MANUFACTURE: 1958 | COLOUR: Anthracite Gray Metallic | INTERIOR TRIM: Red Leather | PRICE: POA



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 USA delivery to Daimler Benz North America Rockefeller Centre New York, who would have distributed this lovely 190SL to its first owner.

Its first UK owner purchased it in 1989 where we believe it was shipped in as a restoration project from Florida USA. This first owner in 1999 commissioned a full body panel restoration to the bodyshell replacing all outer panels & floor panels. After which it was kept unfinished in a heated garage until purchased by its current owner in 2014 who commissioned several marque specialists to complete the restoration. This restoration to the customers choice was completed in 2017.

The history file contains a copy of the Mercedes-Benz data card which details the original factory options & accessories together with original specifications as ordered by its first owner. Several purchase invoices exist as well as restoration invoices for work done in the UK & sales invoices for the purchase with known UK owners.

Currently in Cosmetic Detail by our in house detailing team & under gone a 120 point mechanical check. Any post restoration run down miles & post restoration adjustments are in progress, as such it will be completed shortly but viewing is highly recommended. Please note in our opinion the cost of this car is far less than on would incur purchasing a donor car & restoring to this level & condition.

Original Factory Specification:

- Exterior Body Colour DB158 White Gray (Now DB172 Anthracite Gray Metallic)
- Hard top DB190 Graphite Gray (Note hardtop not available with car)
- Interior Light Red Leather 1088
- Carpets Light Red DT H4/G4
- Soft top - black 872

This vehicle is available for viewing at our showroom 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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