1956 Mercedes-Benz SL 190190 SL Roadster (W121 BII)
Year of manufacture1956
Mileage59 953 km / 37 254 mi
Car typeConvertible / Roadster
Exterior brand colourSilbergrau (180)
Interior brand colourBlau (333)
Number of doors2
Performance105 PS / 78 kW / 104 BHP
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This 190 SL is an absolute rarity. It was transferred to Switzerland on 26.08.1959, cleared through customs and delivered to a Mercedes dealer in Zurich. The commissioning took place on 31.08.1959 by the dealer himself. On 21.11.1962 the car was transferred to Mr. Fritz Rhein and remained in Zurich. Mr. Rhein sold the car on to Mr. Hugo Staehlin in Kloten (CH) on 29.05.1969. Mr. Staehlin decommissioned the car immediately - the plan was to store the car for his stay abroad of 3 years. In the end, the car was dry and jacked up in Mr. Staehlin's garage in Switzerland until it was sold to the current owner on 6 October 2010.
According to the owner, the car is almost completely in its original condition. The paint measurement confirms this statement. Except for the boot lid, the car has between 50 and 90 nm. Only the boot lid seems to have been repainted and has between 190 and 236 nm.
Apart from the paintwork, the interior is of course also completely original. The leather, discoloured of course, is the absolute epitome of patina. Moreover, it is also technically flawless. It starts smoothly, is tight on the throttle and runs fantastically smoothly.
• Matching Numbers & Colors
• Completely original
• First lacquer & first leather
• Von 1969 bis 2010 stillgelegt
• History Traceable
• Swiss first delivery
History of the series
The 190 SL was intended as a sporty touring car alongside the 300 SL in order to expand business in the American market. The idea for the vehicle came from the American general importer Max Hoffmann, who brought it to the attention of the Board of Management and finally convinced them of its merits. In 1954, the 190 SL was presented for the first time at the New York Auto Show and aroused much enthusiasm. It was then further revised to make it look closer to the 300 SL and finally presented in its final form at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1955.
Technically, the vehicle was based on the Ponton saloon (W 121). The 190 SL, which was described at the time as a "touring sports car", was similar in many stylistic elements to its "big brother", the 300 SL, especially in the front section. Technically, however, much was taken over from the Ponton models, such as the chassis and the floor assembly. The carburettor engine, on the other hand, was newly developed especially for the 190 SL (M 121 B II).
A vehicle with a sporty look and high suitability for everyday use which is still much admired today.
The vehicle is located in our showroom in Stuttgart-Plieningen, close to the airport/trade fair. A test drive and an inspection on the car lift are possible by arrangement.
The sale takes place on request with new inspection, service and TÜV. We also offer a wide range of accessories for your new dream car. If required, we can also deliver the vehicle to you in a closed trailer.
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Carola Daimler Cars is a company owned by the great-granddaughter of inventor and visionary Gottlieb Daimler. We collect, trade and broker classic cars, youngtimers and collectibles with potential and history. We place particular emphasis on quality, history and preserved charm.
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