Lot 333 - 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL
|Odometer reading||85,500 miles|
|Estimate||£40,000 - £45,000|
The Mercedes-Benz 190SL with the 300SL 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 190SL, alongside the bigger 300SL 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 charming righthand drive 190SL was imported into the United Kingdom in 1967, the vendor believes from South Africa. In 1989, after passing through two or three owners, the car was sold and taken to Northern Ireland where, in 1995, it had a bare metal repaint in the original colour of fire engine red, a new black interior, re-plated chrome work and from the appearance of the car it has had very little use since. It is supplied with a photographic record of the restoration. The current owner purchased the car about four years ago and returned it back to England and managed to have the original registration number from 1967 re-issued. Mechanically it is in very good condition and drives well, the carburettors have been replaced with new Weber units and a new Bosch battery has just been fitted. This 190SL comes with V5C registration document, original handbook and a new MoT test certificate. An excellent opportunity to acquire a good looking 190SL that is ready for both rallies and long distance touring.
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