1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible

The M121 4-cylinder engine produced a modest 105 hp and it desperately needed another 50-even 30 would have done the trick

Available from May 1955, the 190SL convertible shared styling cues with its grander brother, the 300SL. It was a sports tourer, robustly built and designed for customers who preferred refinement over performance. Well-designed and sturdy, it’s still a decent daily driver. The car presented here is a fresh example of this desirable convertible. Just out of a rotisserie restoration, the engine bay and undercarriage illustrate the quality of the work.

The 190SL Convertible is finished in classic silver, and the interior features red leather and gray carpeting with a white Bakelite steering wheel in noteworthy condition.

Jerome Hardy

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Jerome is a lifelong gearhead whose best memories have always been linked to cars. At age 17, his first mistress was an Italian in the form of a 1971 Lancia Fulvia, followed by more costly Europeans, represented today by a 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE. His first engine rebuild was the 350-ci small-block in his 1970 Buick Skylark, which he acquired during a seven-year stint in New York City. Now based in Paris, Hardy enjoys the sheer size of his Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park wagon and the unwashed 1939 Packard Super Eight he purchased in Portland, OR, and now wheels around Paris.

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