"The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL 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 190 SL has recently been imported from California and comes with the Californian Certificate of Title. Finished in white with contrasting red interior and a black hood, she will require restoration work although appears to have a sound body. These cars have a reputation for being uncomplicated mechanically and any parts required can generally be sourced via various Owners Clubs and Mercedes-Benz themselves. These are truly classy cars of the period, is there a better way to enjoy the summer months ahead."