1957 Mercedes-Benz SL 190

Restored | History since 1971 | Invoices since 1989


  • Year of manufacture 
  • Mileage 
    1 933 km / 1 202 mi
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Drive 
  • Condition 
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Fire red (534)
  • Interior colour 
  • Interior brand colour 
    Leather cognac
  • Interior type 
  • Number of doors 
  • Number of seats 
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
  • Gearbox 
  • Performance 
    105 PS / 78 kW / 104 BHP
  • Drivetrain 
  • Fuel type 


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This 190 SL in the very rare color fire red and leather cognac color combination features perfect paint, excellent bodywork, flawless gaps, immaculate chrome, absolutely outstanding and reliable engineering, and a new soft top. With this magnificent vehicle, we are talking about a sought-after automotive classic on the classic car market.

The history of this beautiful roadster begins with its delivery in the Nuremberg branch (Germany), to a Lieutenant Needham, who was probably stationed in Germany. Originally in silver-grey with blue MB-Tex, it made its way across the Atlantic to its new home. The next documented owner as of 1971 is Mr. Aikman from Texas. He kept the vehicle for about 40 years before it made its way back to its original home in Germany in 2011.

Since 1989, the invoices were carefully kept, documenting thorough and regular maintenance of the vehicle. Then, starting in 2013, the new owner from Germany lovingly took care of the touring sports car. Over the next four years, the technology was thoroughly overhauled and maintained before we added it to our collection. Since then, it has been happily used for rides and meetings and is a true enthusiast's vehicle and a faithful travel companion.

Equipment and special features
• Radio Becker Mexico
• White wall tires
• Full leather interior

Between 2013 and 2017, the following work was completed:
• Overhaul manual transmission
• Overhaul brake system and suspension
• Overhaul carburetor system
• Overhaul rear axle
• Underbody protection/cavity sealing
• New tires (2017)

• Copy of the Daimler-Benz data card
• One owner from 1971 to 2011 in the USA
• Invoices from the USA since 1989
• Invoices in Germany since 2013
• Classic-Data report (Grade 1-)

History of the series
The 190 SL was envisioned as a sporty touring car alongside the 300 SL to expand business in the American market. The idea of the car came from the American general importer Max Hoffmann, who brought it to the attention of the board of directors and finally convinced them. 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 bring it closer in appearance 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", had many of the same styling elements as its "big brother", the 300 SL, especially the front end. Technically, however, much was taken over from the Ponton models, such as the chassis and the floor assembly. The carburetor 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 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.

Opening hours: Mon - Sat by appointment

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.

Leasing/Financing: We would be happy to have our partner provide you with a tailor-made leasing & financing offer for this vehicle.

Subject to prior sale and errors for this offer excepted. The vehicle description on the Internet serves only for the general identification of the vehicle and does not represent a warranty in the sense of sales law. Only the agreements in the purchase contract are decisive.