Lot 152 - 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||118 km|
|Estimate||£90,000 - £120,000|
|Result||Sold - £116,480|
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 its 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. It 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 delightful lefthand drive 190 SL has been the subject of a restoration project and, as such, presents in excellent 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 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 matching 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 example 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.
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