1957 Mercedes 190SL
1.9L four-cylinder engine
4-speed manual transmission
VIN: A 121040-10-00304
During the early 1950s Mercedes-Benz was quickly establishing itself as a dominant force in the automotive market. Mercedes Grand Prix cars and sports-racing machines were sweeping the racetracks of the world and the sensational 300SL sports car had set the world on fire with its exotic spaceframe chassis race-bred fuel-injected engine and stunning bodywork.
While Mercedes had a fairly well-rounded line-up with everything from small sedans to luxury limousines and a super car their presence in the US was still somewhat tenuous. Americans were still hesitant to buy German cars but Max Hoffman the chief importer of Mercedes-Benz cars to the all-important US market knew just how to get buyers to into his showrooms. When Mr. Hoffman suggested a stylish affordable and reliable sports car based on the standard production W121 sedan at a significantly reduced price compared to the 300SL the factory was on board.
This new car called 190SL for its 1.9L engine and Sports Leicht designation didn’t share the 300SLs exotic tubular space frame and fuel injection system instead using a shortened W121-sedan unibody platform and a twin-carb version of the sedans overhead cam four-cylinder engine. It did however share some of its big brothers styling cues as well as a similar layout of independent front suspension with a swing axle out back. With the 190SL Mercedes hit the sweet spot with a comfortable fun and practical sporty car with a surplus of style. After its unveiling at the New York Auto Show in 1954 Robert Nitske of Speed Age declared it a car suited for all purposes the perfect synthesis of touring and sporting characteristics.
Our gorgeous 1957 190SL roadster was fully restored some years ago in the USA. Finished in a striking DB571 – Red Metallic and cream brown leather interior. A stunning sand coloured soft-top and the beige coloured carpet support that overall look.
The 1.9L overhead cam four-cylinder engine has been recently overhauled at our workshop. The presentation is excellent. In addition, the original airbox and air filter housing remain in place. The engine runs well and road manners are very good with the car feeling ready for enjoyment on the road, not only because of its two Webers carburettors. This car has been very well preserved and it presents in good order throughout. Beautifully presented and ready to enjoy to the fullest this 190SL is an nice example of Mercedes junior sports car.
Location: Showroom Estepona, Spain
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