"The Mercedes-Benz 190SL with the 300SL made history at the New York International Motor Sports Show in February 1954 by being the first new production Mercedes-Benz to be unveiled outside of Germany. The impression given by the 190SL alongside the bigger 300SL was neat, sporty and with dashing lines. This was the trait of Mercedes-Benz designers Karl Wilfret and Walter Hacket. Despite opinions, the statistics tell their own tale as between May 1955 and February 1963, 25,881 of these cars were produced - it was a huge success for Mercedes-Benz. Its engine boasted four inline cylinders with a chain driven overhead camshaft and two Solex 44PHH carburettors, delivering a respectable 108bhp for that era. The body was a monocoque design, welded to the shortened chassis of the type 180 saloon. A racing version with aluminium doors and a small windscreen was never produced although these parts could be ordered from the Factory for weekend racing.
This beautifully presented 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL was supplied new by Max Hoffman, the US importer for Mercedes-Benz, to whom the vendor believes is the one family owner in California. In 2009 the previous owner took this 190 SL to Italy where it was thoroughly refurbished mechanically and cosmetically, then in 2010 he obtained the desirable FIVA card, the passport allowing entering this Mercedes to many exclusive international events. Beautifully presented in the classic Mercedes colour combination of silver with red leather interior we are informed that this car came from an Italian collector’s estate and will be UK registered and supplied with a V5C registration document by the time of the sale. The seller describes it as a very together car, with a responsive engine, strong servo assisted brakes and positive steering, which will give its new owner a superb driving experience as well as a sound investment opportunity at a fraction of the price of a 300 SL Roadster."