1960 Mercedes-Benz SL 190190 SL
Year of manufacture1960
Following the success of the 300 SL, legendary Mercedes-Benz importer Max Hoffman proposed that a similarly styled, less costly alternative might be an appropriate model for the marque’s lineup. The resulting 190 SL featured styling that was derived from its big brother Gullwing. The more affordable younger sibling proved to be popular with the public at the 1954 New York Auto Show and remained in strong demand throughout its nine-year production run.
Upon driving the car, the 190 SL was best suited for touring, as it featured a copious amount of luggage space despite also having a convertible top. Cruising was effortless, allowing both driver and passenger to arrive at their final destination in supreme comfort.
This 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL is finished in its original colors of Maroon (DB 516) over Ivory. It was purchased by its previous owner from a woman who resided in New Jersey and enjoyed the car for many years. After purchase, it was immediately sent to Europe for a full restoration. In 2014 the car underwent a show-quality restoration by marque specialists where the car was refinished in its original color combination and converted to full European specification using correct parts sourced directly from Mercedes-Benz suppliers. It is important to note that this car has been well documented, with a photo album chronicling its restoration, documents from previous owners, as well as receipts from the restoration. Furthermore, the car includes a complete set of matching luggage.
The 190 SL was both stunning to behold and a good deal more practical for real-world use. It helped to seal the deal for well-healed buyers, proving that the 26,000 built during its production run from 1955 to 1963 were all cars worth purchasing. This 190 SL has traveled very little since the completion of its restoration and would surely attract plenty of attention at future Mercedes-Benz Club events.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo19.