Coys Auction - Automoto D‘Epoca
Saturday 24th October 2009
Admission by catalogue only - admits two
Registration Number: EU registered Chassis Number: 12104210021300
Launched at the 1955 Frankfurt Show, the attractive 190SL roadster looked very similar to the 300SL, but thanks to more modest underpinnings it cost a great deal less. Based on the 180 saloon of 1953 – Mercedes-Benz’s first car to use a unitary construction body/chassis – the 190SL sported all round coil spring suspension and power assisted drum brakes. Power came from a 1,897cc version of the 180 saloon’s four cylinder engine which, via twin Solex carburetors, produced 120bhp at 5,700rpm and 101lb/ft at 3,800rpm. Allied to a four-speed manual gearbox, this endowed the sleek, aerodynamic and comparatively light 190SL with a 115mph top speed and 0-60mph acceleration in a respectable 13.0 seconds.
A more beautifully presented example of this classic and most popular German sports tourin