This Mercedes-Benz 190 SL as offered by Classic Park was delivered new in the Netherlands on 31 December 1959 and has always remained on Dutch registration! A copy of the "Datenkarte" is still available. On delivery, the car was graphite gray in color, the interior was gray. Somewhere between 1959 and 1988 the car was repainted in the color elfenbein, a new owner bought the car in 1988 and by then the car was already elfenbein. The new owner of 1988 had the car in his possession until 2017. In 2001 he ordered a body off restoration in Germany, there are some pictures of this restoration. The car was then again sprayed in the Mercedes-Benz color elvenbein. The color of the new interior was adapted during this restoration to the color of the body and carried out in red. Classic Park sold the car to the current owner in January 2017, because of the upgrade of the current owner's collection the car is now for sale again.
From 1988 to the present the car has been carefully maintained and the history is fully known. The car is technically and visually in very good condition!
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). 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 aluminum 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.
1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
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