1960 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: £18,000-24,000

Sold: £29,406

During the Fifties, 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 carburetors, 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.

On offer today is a fine example of the iconic 190SL, manufactured in 1960 this particular car is a comparatively rare right hand drive model. OSU 701 is finished in old English white and is described as being in good overall condition. The interior is finished in red leather and is in excellent condition. The car has benefited from a ground up restoration by Mercedes Benz specialists Rose and Young which was completed in 1989. Mechanically the car is in good order having just had £1,000 spent on the engine and has recently been used on a faultless run to the Goodwood Revival earlier this month. Supplied with the car is a photographic record of the restoration as well as accompanying bills, further invoices for work carried out as well as a V5 document and a current MoT certificate valid until July next year.

Reference Number 4122

as of 9/24/2006

Overview
Car 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster
VIN 12104020016924 
Exterior / Interior Color      White /      Brown 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
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