Lot 242 - 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||57,000 miles|
|Estimate||£65,000 - £75,000|
|Result||Sold - £71,680|
The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL, together with the 300 SL, 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 190 SL, alongside the bigger 300 SL, 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 190 SL is a rare early car having been built in the third year of production in 1957 and first registered on the 1st January, 1958 to a Mr. Walter Perry of Whiteboro, New York. The car resided with him until 1990 where it was then sold to Mr David Levine of Great Neck, New York. The first and only UK owner purchased the car from David Levine via auction in the US before shipping and registering the car in the UK in 2016.
The car is supplied with an instruction manual, supplement to the workshop manual, parts manual, service manual, service catalogue and instruction manual. A current MoT test certificate with no advisories valid until November is supplied in the file and the car has recently benefitted from an engine and brake service in February. Finished in white with a contrasting burgundy interior with a black soft top and supplied with its hardtop 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.