1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: €27,000-32,000

Sold: €30,680

During the Fifties, when Mercedes-Benz was 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.

Manufactured originally in 1961, and finished in black with a tan interior, this most elegant of open top sports cars is reported to have had just three owners since. Purchased by the current vendor from the owner of a Monegasque Mercedes-Benz concessionaire, it came with a number of sympathetic upgrades; most notably twin Weber carburettors improving the air and fuel flow through the engine. A regular on the streets of Monaco, this car has always been kept and maintained in the principality and it comes with invoices for repairs and maintenance covering the last 30 years, including a formal Mercedes-Benz service booklet and Notice D'Entretien. Complete with the much sought-after hard top, this 190 SL was used on a daily basis and so can also boast reliability in its list of merits.

Reference Number 14167

as of 10/13/2007

Car 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster
VIN 121040-10-01890