Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

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1962 Mercedes 190SL 1.9L manual, finished in DB172 Anthracite Grey Metallic (Anthrazitgrau) with black leather interior and black soft top. Originally a Swedish-sold car, in its sixty year life it has passed through the hands of just four owners and recently one restorer, and the odometer is currently showing 71,400km. Chassis number is 12104210025570. The car underwent an 18 month bare shell restoration at a Swedish specialist with over 40 years experience restoring Mercedes 190 SL's. It is also worth noting that the previous owner also happened to be a known 190 SL expert in Sweden, and the car was in his possession for some 40 years before being acquired by the restorer.

Produced between May 1955 and February 1963, the 190SL W121 owes its existence to influential European car importer and then Mercedes-Benz representative Max Hoffman, who envisioned a luxurious, more lifestyle oriented (and importantly more affordable) version of the powerful 300SL sports car. Borrowing from its bigger brothers iconic curves and dramatic lines, the 190 SL possesses a beautiful form deserving of longing gazes – it really is a car you could pull up a chair in front of and drink in from a multitude of angles. As well as following it’s bigger brothers form the 190 SL also benefits from the same fully independent suspension, sharing a double wishbones setup up front and swing axles at the rear, making it as good to drive as it is to look at. In the early years of production Mercedes-Benz actually created a sports-racing version which confirmed the cars performance ability. It featured small perspex windscreen and spartan one-piece leather covered bucket seats and aluminium doors.

A 4 speed speed manual was mated to a 1.9 litre inline 4 cylinder producing a peppy 110HP, and this interestingly shared the same bore and stroke as the original six-cylinder found in the 300 SL. The engine setup featured twin Solex downdraft carburetors and that 110bhp output saw the car hit 100km/h in 13 seconds.mInside occupants sit amongst sumptuous cream surrounds, accented by a Fire Engine Red dashboard bringing a streak of that bold tone inside. It carries chrome VDO dials and Bakelite switches, a Bakelite steering wheel, a period correct push button radio and a Blaupunkt speaker sits beneath.

The 190 SL is regarded as a highly collectible car and in such original and fine mechanical form this particular example will make a great asset for a collection or a wonderful top-down summer time classic.

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