Mercedes-Benz 190 SL


190 SL

8007 kilometres
Reference no.
Interior color
Driver's side
Engine size
1988 cc

Manual (4 gears)
120 hp


This 190 Sl is like a 190 SL actually should have been! The owner of this car is a great Mercedes-Benz enthusiast, but he finds the engine of an original 190 SL to small to drive long tours through the mountains. He therefore completely adapted this 190 SL to his wishes.
For example, the engine of the car has been replaced by a "Heckflosse" engine model W111. The original 190 SL engine has a capacity of 1.900 cc and delivers 105 horsepower. The 190 SL engine crankshaft is triple layered. The now mounted engine has a capacity of 2.000 cc with a fivefold layered crankshaft.

This engine has now 120 horsepower due a modern fuel injection system! The car now has the engine it deserves. This engine gives the car more acceleration and a higher top speed. Mountain up is going a lot better now! This Mercedes-Benz also has power steering.
In order to improve road ability, wider tires were mounted in size 195/70 R14. To handle the speed, drum brakes were replaced by disc brakes. The headlights are now Bi-Xenon lights, these can easily be replaced by the original lights.

The car was completely restored a few years ago and it’s still in top condition. The restoration is documented with pictures. After the restoration, the car drove about 8.000 trouble-free kilometers. A great 190 SL for those who want to make long tours! The car comes with a Dutch registration and a hardtop with sunroof.


The Mercedes-Benz 190SL is a two-door grand touring convertible with an optional removable hardtop that was produced between May 1955 and February 1963. A prototype was first shown at the 1954 New York Auto Show.

The 190SL was sold alongside the faster, more expensive Mercedes-Benz 300SL, which it closely resembled both in its styling, engineering, detailing and fully independent suspension, both cars having double wishbone suspensions at the front and swing axles at the rear. However, the 190SL did not use the 300SL's purpose-built tubular spaceframe W198 platform, but was built on a shortened and monocoque R121 platform that modified from the W121 small saloon.

The 190SL was powered by a new, 1.9 L straight-four SOHC engine (Type M121 BII), which developed 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) (or 120 gross hp) that earned itself a reputation for not running that smoothly. Which was mostly due to the difficulty in properly synchronising the twin-choke dual Solex carburettors, that later in detuned form, were also used in the W120 180 and W121 190 models. The four-cylinder engine block of the 190SL was based on the six-cylinder engine of the 300 SL. The 85 mm bore was transferred unchanged from the larger engine to the smaller, although the stroke for the 190 SL was reduced from 88.0 mm to 83.6 mm.

The car was available either as a soft-top convertible (initially priced at DM 16,500/US$ 3,998) or with removable hardtop (DM 17,650/$ 4,295). Optional was a third-passenger transverse seat that could even fit an adult. During its first years the 190SL was available as a sports-racing model with small Perspex windscreen and Spartan one-piece leather covered bucket seats and aluminium doors, although any competition aspirations were modest. In 1959, the hardtop's rear window was enlarged.

Both the 190SL and the 300SL were replaced by the Mercedes-Benz 230SL in 1963. The Mercedes-Benz 190SL is a timeless icon of the German automotive industry. The prices of 190SL's in top condition are rising ever. The beautiful lines, comfortable ride, solid body and reliable technology make the SL a popular and much sought after classic.

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The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

1958 Mercedes Benz 190 SL


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