Lot 176 - 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||95,367 km|
|Estimate||£80,000 - £95,000|
The Mercedes-Benz 190SL , along with the 300SL, 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 190SL, alongside the bigger 300SL, 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. The 190SL was sold alongside the 300SL, similar not just in terms of styling, engineering and detailing, but also sharing fully independent suspension, double wishbone suspension at the front and swing axles at the rear. 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 lefthand drive Mercedes-Benz has been imported into the UK after long term ownership in Spain. We are advised by the vendor it is a sound example with good light blue paintwork and an interior with a delightful patina, even the original Blaupunkt radio is present. The blue hood is in good order and we are advised she runs well. The vendor is a knowledgeable classic car enthusiast who is only reluctantly selling this Mercedes-Benz due to lack of suitable storage space. Registration with the DVLA has been applied for and it is hoped this will be completed prior to the auction. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a good looking Mercedes 190SL, such examples never fail to attract admiring glances.
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