This one, as they say in real estate, had “great bones” and just a little mechanical sorting over the winter should make it a nice summer cruiser
The 190SL was born from the rich tradition of excellence and distinction so firmly adhered to by Mercedes-Benz. After the success of the powerful 300SL series, Mercedes executives and designers decided it would be advantageous to introduce a smaller, lower-priced example. The 300SL’s “little brother” made an impact on the motoring world, selling over 25,000 units by the final days of its eight-year production run.
The 190SL gained quite a following-it is rumored that it was the favorite car of the alluring Grace Kelly. In effect, the 190SL was far more practical than its more severe alternative, and was better designed to suit the everyday driver and enthusiast. It was as impressive to the eye as the 300 series and still offered adequate performance.
The car came in two versions, the soft-top convertible and a removable hardtop version. Under the hood was an inline four-cylinder engine with a chain-driven overhead camshaft and two side-draft carburetors. All of this helped deliver a sufficient 105 horsepower to propel the monocoque-chassis 190SL to ample driving speeds.
The 190SL Roadster pictured here, with a known history from new, is strikingly presented with solid black paint offset by excellent chrome and whitewall tires. The panelwork is exemplary and the soft top fits well. Underneath, the car is clean and rust free. The interior is equally smart with black leather upholstery, dash surround and trim throughout.
The car has its original steering wheel and also has a period Becker Europa radio fitted. The indicated mileage shows just over 60,000. Altogether this appears to be a highly impressive example of the marque.