1962 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL RoadsterSOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $50,000 - $70,000

$44,000 Sold

120bhp 1,891cc overhead camshaft inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension swing axle independent rear suspension, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5"

The 190SL was the vision of Max Hoffman, U.S. importer for Mercedes-Benz. Hoffman realized that Mercedes- Benz ’ s new 300SL Gullwing would catch American buyers ’ attention but also that it had two drawbacks: it was a coupe and it was expensive. He knew that America was convertible country and kept pressuring the manufacturers he represented here, including Porsche and Alfa Romeo, to build simple, relatively inexpensive open models for the U.S. market. His vision was impeccable and resulted in the development of some of the most successful and still desirable automobiles ever sold in the U.S., including the Porsche Speedster, Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider and the Mercedes-Benz 190SL.

The 190SL came with many engineering features that were well ahead of its time. The engine, a single overhead camshaft four-cylinder of 1,897cc, four-wheel drum brakes, conventional doors and a simple swing axle rear suspension complemented its conception for cruising rather than for competing. As he so many times demonstrated, Max Hoffman ’ s understanding of the right cars for the market was right on target. More than 26,000 190SLs were produced between 1955 and 1963.

The 190SL demonstrated the successful niche that existed for Mercedes-Benz in the U.S. and elsewhere: providing comfortable, modestly powered, luxurious cruisers with excellent road manners and stylish good looks. As much as Mercedes might like to claim the 300SL as the forebear of the 230SL and its progeny, through even the brutishly powerful 560SL, it was the 190SL that set the tone.

The handsome 190SL we have the pleasure of offering here is well sorted mechanically and recently benefited from a top end engine rebuild. Finished in the attractive color combination of Heron Blue with new red leather interior and correct German box weave carpet, the 190SL presents itself very well with the paintwork and interior both in extremely presentable overall condition. The current owner reports that the Mercedes-Benz runs and drives very well and will surely delight its next owners. Notably, this particular car is also complete with both hard and soft tops, and the correct radio and factory carburetors as well as a highly desirable and correct Eight Day wind-up clock. Overall, a very impressive example, we recommend thorough inspection of this sporting German Roadster.

Reference Number 5732

as of 1/9/2007

Car 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster
VIN 12104010023883 
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