Lot 284 - 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster

Lot 284 - 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster

Lot 284 - 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster

Lot Number 284
Registration 392 UYX
Chassis Number 121040109500537
Engine Number 121921109500578
Odometer reading 45,305 miles
Estimate £81,000 - £93,000

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 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.

Having been subject to a sympathetic restoration recently, this 190 SL presents very well in white with matching hardtop and contrasting maroon leather trim. Originally delivered to Italy, the car was then exported to Japan before recently being imported back to the U.K in 2016. Having spent the vast majority of its life in warm dry climates, this example has no costly corrosion issues other examples sadly suffer from. The white coachwork is absolutely blemish free and works fantastically with the elegant lines of the 190 SL. The interior also presents beautifully, the leather seats and trim are all in excellent order with many original features remaining, including all VDO dials and gauges, gear knob and the original FM Blaupunkt stereo.

Within the history file is a comprehensive mass of documents detailing a recent mechanical overhaul carried out by a marque specialist in Japan, this provides any new owner with confidence in the cars recent care. Still sitting upon its original 13’ ventilated steel wheels in near perfect condition and wearing correct Michelin Radial tyres. We are also informed the car performed perfectly on a recent drive back from Sussex with good oil pressure and making for a thoroughly enjoyable journey.

The car is present with a current V5, leather presentation folder, recent invoices and documents. This stunning example is sure to be a firm favourite for both collectors and investors alike.

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