To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale event, April 1-3, 2016.
Chassis No. 1210421000862
Estimate: $140,000 - $165,000 US
The esteemed Mercedes-Benz 190SL (W121) is a two-door luxury roadster manufactured between May 1955 and February 1963. Internally referred to as W121, it was first shown as a prototype at the 1954 New York Auto Show.
The Mercedes-Benz 190SL was designed fundamentally for the pleasure of the driver and passenger. It was recognized as being a sports car of high performance (for the period) with particular emphasis placed on its road characteristics. Four-wheel independent suspension utilizing a low pivot point, single-joint rear swing axle, large transverse cooling fins on the brake drums, and precise steering characteristics that allow effectiveness on even the most circuitous roadways.
This Mercedes-Benz 190SL is presented in blue with a black interior and a dark blue canvas soft-top. This particular car also has the optional removable hardtop and the accompanying stand. The 190SL has a curb weight of 2,557-pounds and is driven by a 1.9-liter, 120-hp SOHC inline four-cylinder engine that is matched to a reliable four-speed manual transmission – an arrangement that allows for safely driving near the limits and bringing the occupants enjoyment to the nth degree. At the time this fabulous German car was released you could likely count on your fingers the number of marques worldwide that provided one with craftsmanship of this caliber, and for a sports car – appointments displaying this level of luxury. Taut leather, roll-up windows, a weather-resistant top and faultless fittings bring pleasure in themselves to the discerning enthusiast.
This superb Mercedes-Benz 190SL is stated to have only two previous long time owners and is reported as being sparingly driven with just under 22,000 miles displayed on the odometer. This 190SL is also fitted with power brakes, radio, whitewall tires, factory hubcaps and is accompanied by the original keys, manuals, data card, books, toolkit and service records. The car is further stated to be a "Best in Class" award winner, although the event and year is not specified. 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster