Lot 210: Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
During the 50s, when Mercedes-Benz were the dominant force in top-level motor sport, the undisputed flagship of the firm's production car range was the stunning 300SL sports car. Highly desirable as it was, it was also financially out of the reach of most enthusiasts. Keen to capitalise on the 300SL's numerous competition successes, and find a foothold in the increasingly lucrative sports car market, Mercedes-Benz introduced its smaller stable mate, the equally beautifully engineered 190SL.
Launched at the 1955 Frankfurt Show, the attractive 190SL roadster looked very similar to the 300SL, but thanks to more modest underpinnings it cost a great deal less. Based on the 180 saloon of 1953 - Mercedes-Benz's first car to use a unitary construction body/chassis - the 190SL sported all round coil spring suspension and power assisted drum brakes. Power came from a 1,897cc version of the 180 saloon's four cylinder engine which, via twin Solex carburettors, produced 120bhp at 5,700rpm and 101lb/ft at 3,800rpm. Allied to a four-speed manual gearbox, this endowed the sleek, aerodynamic and comparatively light 190SL with a 115mph top speed and 0-60mph acceleration in a respectable 13.0 seconds.
The superb example on offer today was manufactured in 1958 and looks stunning; finished in black with a beige hide interior and having undergone a restoration in the United States in 2000. The car remained in the US before being exported to Belgium where it currently resides in the vendor's private collection. Supplied with EU registration documents, the owner informs us the car is in good to excellent condition.
A stylish and chic Mercedes-Benz, it is easy to see why these cars have been popular with enthusiasts and collectors alike over many years.
Coys, Essen, Germany
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€51600|
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|Number of doors||2|