"The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL, along with the 300 SL, made history at the New York International Motor Sports Show in February 1954 by being the first new production Mercedes-Benz to be unveiled outside of Germany. The impression given by the 190 SL, alongside the bigger 300 SL, was neat, sporty and with dashing lines. This was the trait of Mercedes-Benz designers Karl Wilfret and Walter Hacket. Despite opinions, the statistics tell their own tale as between May 1955 and February 1963, 25,881 of these cars were produced - it was a huge success for Mercedes-Benz. Its engine boasted four inline cylinders with a chain driven overhead camshaft and two Solex 44PHH carburettors, delivering a respectable 108bhp for that era. The body was a monocoque design, welded to the shortened chassis of the type 180 saloon. A racing version with aluminium doors and a small windscreen was never produced although these parts could be ordered from the Factory for weekend racing.
This left hand drive Mercedes-Benz 190 SL was restored by SLS Hamburg in 2014 and as such still presents in excellent order today. The gleaming black coachwork is virtually unmarked and the contrasting red leather interior delightful. This 190 SL also benefits from having a hardtop. These super stylish sportscars from the 60s are head turners wherever they appear and an example as good as this, certainly stands out from the crowd. The car is supplied with a V5C registration document together with a current MoT test certificate valid until 28th February 2019 and a collection of invoices. "