Lot 335 - 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Lot 335 - 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Lot 335 - 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Lot Number 335
Registration To be registered
Chassis Number 12104210024132
Engine Number tbc
Odometer reading 62,048 miles
Estimate £44,000 - £52,000

The Mercedes-Benz 190SL is a two door grand touring convertible with a removable hardtop that was produced by Mercedes-Benz between May 1955 and February 1963 with a prototype first shown at the 1954 New York Auto Show. It was sold alongside the faster, more expensive Mercedes-Benz 300SL, which it closely resembled both in its styling, engineering, detailing and fully independent suspension, both cars having double wishbone suspensions at the front and swing axles at the rear. However, the 190SL did not use the 300SL's purpose-built tubular spaceframe W198 platform, but was built on a shortened and rust-prone monocoque R121 platform modified from the W121 small saloon.

The 190SL was powered by a new, slightly oversquare 1.9 L straight-four SOHC engine that developed 104bhp and was later also used in the W120 180 and W121 190 models. The four cylinder engine block of the 190SL was based on the six cylinder engine of the 300 SL. The 85mm bore was transferred unchanged from the larger engine to the smaller, although the stroke for the 190SL was reduced from 88.0 mm to 83.6 mm. The car was available either as a soft-top convertible or with removable hardtop. Optional was a third-passenger transverse seat that could even fit an adult. During its first years the 190SL was available as a sports-racing model with small perspex windscreen and spartan one-piece leather covered bucket seats and aluminum doors; however  any competition aspirations were modest and it was most suited therefore to touring.

The example presented here has been recently bought over from California; with all taxes and duty paid. The previous owner, either Harry Troyen or James Townsend has instigated a process of restoration. The body has been painted in a dramatic black with, what looks to be, the original tan leather interior. A new and correct carpet set has been fitted along with a new battery. Some chrome work has been undertaken and contrasts beautifully to the black exterior. The original Becker Europe wireless can be found although the dash-mounted clock is no longer in situ. A new one is currently being sourced. New Firestones have been fitted all round and the spare wheel and tool roll can also be found to the rear. The hardtop, in black, is also included and turns an extremely elegant open sports car into a very capable coupé.

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