Lot 271 - 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||60 km|
|Estimate||£95,000 - £110,000|
|Result||Sold - £100,800|
The Mercedes-Benz 190SL is a two-door grand touring convertible with a removable hardtop that was produced between May 1955 and February 1963 with a prototype first shown at the 1954 New York Motorshow. 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. However, the 190SL did not use the 300SL's purpose-built tubular spaceframe W198 platform but was built on a shortened monocoque R121 unit. The 190SL was powered by a new 1.9 litre 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 300SL.
This truly stunning lefthand drive 190SL has been the subject of a total nut and bolt restoration and, as such, presents in superb order throughout. The body was stripped and sand blasted with any corroded areas cut out and replaced or re-fabricated as necessary. The body was then prepared and primed ready to be re-sprayed in light blue metallic which is to a very high standard. The interior has been very well restored and trimmed in cream leather; she is fitted with a navy blue hood and comes with a hardtop. Mechanically, everything has been taken care of and the engine has been rebuilt as has the gearbox, brakes and suspension. Power steering has been added making this a much more enjoyable car to drive. This 'no expense spared' project has taken over two years to complete and has resulted in a very handsome 190SL built to the highest quality. The restoration work has been carried out mainly by RodaClassica in Portugal, although she comes with German export papers and a NOVA certificate, thus enabling the car to be registered in the UK should the new owner choose to do so.