Lot 157 - 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster

Lot 157 - 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster

Lot 157 - 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster

Lot Number 157
Registration 269 UYO
Chassis Number 121.042.5500823
Engine Number 121.921.5500860
Estimate £135,000 - £150,000
  • Restored to a very high standard
  • Comprehensive history folder
  • A magnificent example


The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL 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 beautifully presented 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL was manufactured on 14th October and was supplied new to Italy. At some stage it moved to Switzerland and was laid up in 1974 before coming out of storage and imported into the UK by the current vendor in 2010. Being an avid collector and a very fastidious owner, he then embarked upon a restoration project. However, this was no ordinary restoration project, he commissioned numerous very experienced marque specialists to work their respective magic, resulting in one of the best 190 SL’s we have seen. The black coachwork is first class and the beige leather interior was trimmed magnificently by d;class automotive ltd. in Chobham, they were also responsible for the carpets and the roof. Open the bonnet and the quality of this Mercedes-Benz is blatantly apparent, the impeccable engine bay is quite simply stunning. The comprehensive history folder, together with photographic evidence of the work carried out, confirms no stone was left unturned during the restoration. Registered in the UK, this left hand drive 190 SL is a vehicle that really has to be viewed to fully appreciate the quality of the workmanship - rarely have we seen a 190SL in such fabulous condition. This very early classic Mercedes-Benz roadster retains a number of unique features common only to the early examples including Gullwing seats and advance and retard mechanism on the dashboard. Supplied with a V5 registration document, together with a correct early hardtop, jack, handbook and advertising publicity, this 190SL is guaranteed to turn heads and provide a thoroughly rewarding ownership experience.

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