Lot 162 - 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
|Odometer reading||500 miles|
|Estimate||£85,000 - £95,000|
- Extensive restoration
- Imported from South Africa
- Recent full service and new tyres
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 lovely, left hand drive, Mercedes-Benz 190 SL was imported from South Africa in 2015 after it had been subject to an extensive restoration, this included a colour change from Medium Grey (DB116) to Black (DB040) and the cream interior restored with a new cream hood fitted. For the next six years, after being imported, the car resided in a private collection until being purchased by the current owner in 2021. Under his ownership the car has had very little use but last year it was found to have a small water leak which was repaired and, at the same time, it had a full service, brake fluid change, four new tyres and a full valet and detail. This excellent 190 SL is supplied with a V5C registration document, a Mercedes-Benz Club dating certificate and various import and shipping documents. Presented in perhaps the best colour combination for what is a stunningly beautiful car, this SL not only looks great but has all the hallmarks of a car that can be genuinely enjoyed, driven and appreciated. Viewing is highly recommended.
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