Lot 194 - 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
|Odometer reading||72,357 miles|
|Estimate||£85,000 - £100,000|
|Result||Sold - £112,000|
- Restored to a very good standard
- Recently serviced
Alongside the glamorous and fabulously expensive 300 SL ‘Gullwing’, Mercedes-Benz offered its affordable 190SL sports car in the 1950s, the two models sharing a relationship similar to that of the SL and SLK today. Conceived with the booming American market in mind, the 190SL was Daimler-Benz’ first unitary construction platform, the immensely strong steel backbone chassis clothed in a mixture of steel and aluminium panels (including the bonnet, boot lid and doors) to keep weight down. Inside the 190SL’s cockpit one finds an abundance of period detailing, from the padded dashboard and chrome horn ring to neat touches like the chrome courtesy light. Build quality was typically Teutonic and all the qualities that made the 190SL so popular in the latter part of the 1950s and early 1960s, such as its reliability, versatility and style, continue to attract enthusiasts today. With values of its big brother, the 300SL, firmly in seven-figure territory today, the 190SL also represents good value and has proven a solid investment over the last ten years.
This 190SL has been restored and to a very high standard. The grey coachwork is unblemished as is the contrasting red leather interior and chromework. Professionally stored over the last 17 years she has recently been serviced and some light recommissioning work has been carried out, this Mercedes-Benz is described by the vendor as ‘ready to go’. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 17th September 2020; rarely do we see 190SL’s in such splendid condition. This classic Mercedes-Benz roadster is guaranteed to turn heads and provide a thoroughly rewarding ownership experience.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.