Lot 292 - 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||2,837 miles|
|Estimate||£80,000 - £100,000|
The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL 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 Motor Show. It was sold alongside the faster, more expensive Mercedes-Benz 300 SL which it closely resembled both in its styling, engineering, detailing and fully independent suspension. However, the 190 SL did not use the 300 SL's purpose-built tubular space frame W198 platform but was built on a shortened monocoque R121 unit. The 190 SL 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 190 SL was based on the six- cylinder engine of the 300 SL.
This beautifully presented 190 SL, in a timeless combination of black with red leather, looks marvellous alongside the SL's plentiful brightwork. Restored in 2014, this 190 SL presents to a high standard overall. The paintwork is in good order with few imperfections to note and the chrome is in excellent condition, appearing as new throughout. The car is equipped with a matching black hardtop and a new black soft-top. The elegant red upholstery feels fresh, having been entirely replaced during the car's restoration in 2014; as such the seats are like new with no wear to speak of. The carpets, too, are pristine as are the leather door cards and dash covering. The black painted fascia also remains in lovely condition and the original steering wheel retains its patina. Lifting the bonnet reveals a sound engine bay with power transferred to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox. Offered in stunning condition throughout and possibly the best colour combination, this example represents fantastic value given the expense that was outlaid to bring this classic 1960's icon to its current standard.
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