1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL RoadsterSOLD

1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster

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To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM’s Monaco event, May 10, 2014. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/.

$100,000 - $140,000

105 bhp, 1,897 cc SOHC inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, swing-axle rear suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400 mm

Documented frame-off restoration in Italy
Finished in original Silver over a red leather interior
Includes matching factory hardtop and black canvas soft-top

Production of the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster can be credited to New York importer Max Hoffman, who foresaw that the competition success of the 300 SL Gullwing would translate into something that he could easily sell in America.

The 190 SL was first displayed as a show car at New York in 1954. This high-quality, two-seat roadster was based upon a shortened 220 chassis and came with 105 brake horsepower, a four-cylinder engine, and an optional hardtop. A production version followed and was launched at Geneva in 1955, retailing for $3,998 with a soft-top or $4,295 with an additional removable hardtop. That was little more than half the cost of the 300 SL and, as such, nearly eight times the amount of many 190 SLs that were sold in the next eight years.

Ultimately, 25,881 Mercedes-Benz 190 SLs were produced. That works out to 270 cars every month, with 70 percent being delivered to the U.S., which was close to the goal that Hoffman had promised Daimler-Benz executives.

The 190 SL Roadster offered here is a European-delivery car that was acquired by the consignor from his wife's uncle, Maurizio Biacca, in 2008. Mr Biacca had reportedly owned the Roadster since 1992. It was restored for the owner by a noted Mercedes-Benz specialist, formerly employed by Techning Ltd., in Padua, who completely rebuilt the drivetrain and electrical system and performed a highly detailed and well-documented restoration of the body. The interior was restored using correct original materials that were supplied by Ferraresi, of Ferrara, and the Solex carburettors were rebuilt by Dazzi, of Parma. Even the dashboard clock was sent to noted clockmaker Gian Carlo Martini for a complete rebuild.

When finished, the exquisite 190 SL was used by the consignor in his wedding! It is finished in its original colour scheme of Silver over red leather upholstery, as confirmed by a copy of its Daimler-Benz Production Order, with a black canvas soft-top and accompanying hardtop, and it remains in exceptional condition, allowing the new owner to enjoy what is essentially a brand-new car.

Moteur quatre-cylindres en ligne, 1 897 cm3, 105 ch, un ACT, boîte manuelle quatre rapports, suspension avant independante avec ressorts helicoïdaux, suspension arrière à demis-essieux oscillants et ressorts helicoïdaux, freins à tambours sur les quatre roues. Empattement: 2 400 mm.

Restauration complète documentee, effectuee en Italie
Teinte argent d'origine et sellerie en cuir rouge
Hard-top d'usine et capote en tissu noir

On peut crediter l'existence de la Mercedes 190 SL à l'importateur aux États-Unis, Max Hoffman, base à New York, qui avait eu l'intuition que les succès en competition de la 300 SL Papillon pouvaient se traduire en un modèle facile à vendre outre-Atlantique.

La 190 SL etait devoilee lors d'une exposition automobile à New York, en 1954. Base sur une plateforme de 220 raccourcie, ce roadster deux places de grande qualite recevait un moteur quatre-cylindres developpant 105 ch, avec un hard-top en option. Une version de serie suivait, lancee au Salon de Genève 1955 et commercialisee 3 998 $ avec une simple capote et 4 295 $ avec le hard-top amovible. C'etait un peu plus que la moitie du prix d'une 300 SL.

Finalement, 25 881 Mercedes 190 SL sont sorties d'usine, ce qui correspond à 270 voitures par mois, dont 70% etaient livrees aux États-Unis. C'est à peu près l'objectif qu'Hoffman avait fait miroiter aux dirigeants de Daimler-Benz.

La 190 SL Roadster proposee ici est une version europeenne qui a ete acquise en 2008 par le proprietaire actuel auprès de l'oncle de son epouse, Maurizio Biacca. Ce dernier est repute avoir ete en possession de cette voiture depuis 1992. Le proprietaire en a confie la restauration à un specialiste Mercedes repute, anciennement employe chez Techning, à Padoue, qui a complètement refait le groupe motopropulseur et le système electrique, et realise une restauration de la carrosserie particulièrement detaillee et documentee avec precision. L'interieur etait restaure en utilisant les materiaux corrects d'origine fournis par Ferraresi, de Ferrara, et les carburateurs Solex ont ete reconstruits par Dazzi, de Parme. Même la pendule de tableau de bord a ete envoyee au specialiste Gian Carlo Martini pour une refection complète.

Une fois terminee, cette superbe 190 SL a ete utilisee par son proprietaire pour son mariage ! Elle presente son thème de couleurs d'origine, argent avec sellerie en cuir rouge, comme le confirme une copie de la Fiche de Fabrication original de Daimler-Benz. Dotee d'une capote en toile noire et d'un hard-top, elle se presente dans un etat exceptionnel et permettra au nouveau proprietaire de profiter d'une voiture proche du neuf.

Reference Number 270661

as of 5/12/2014

Car 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster
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