Lot 331 - 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL
|Estimate||£55,000 - £65,000|
|Result||Sold - £61,600|
The Mercedes-Benz 190SL , along 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.
Owned by the vendor for the last 20 years, this extremely solid example was bought privately and then a restoration was undertaken. It was taken back to bare metal some ten years ago and repainted in the colour scheme you see today. The suspension was also rebuilt as well as the braking system and engine/gearbox. A new soft-top was also fitted and over £4,500 was spent on the interior leather and carpet re-trim. Due to travel and business commitments, it was then placed into storage and left unused until recently. Described by the vendor as in extremely good order throughout, this most elegant of sporting tourers simply awaits its next custodian.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.