- Technical Specification
Our ID 1347 Manufacturer Mercedes Benz Model 190 SL Produced 1955-1963 Year 1961 Steering Left Hand Drive Exterior Black Interior Leather Cognac Engine 4 in Line Capacity 1.884 cc Power 77 kW/105 hp Extras White tyre wheels, radio Becker, centre arm rest, optional luggage set Price 215.000 USD Guarantee Complete one-year warranty
...or what was it actually like in those days?
The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL dates back to the initiative of the then major US importer, Max Hoffman. In 1953, he asked the management of Daimler-Benz for a production version of the 300 SL "Gullwing" – a car that was hitherto only available as a pure race car - and also for a less expensive version of the 190 SL. Both variants were then developed and production-ready in record time. The 190 SL was first delivered in the spring of 1955. As a design icon of the fifties, it was a great success, until production ceased in 1963. The 190 SL thrills automobile enthusiasts until today with its perfect design. Only 25 881 pieces have been built in 8 years production time. The short form SL stands for super light. The price for such a vehicle was 16.500 DM. 4,5 times more than the most popular vehicle of the economic miracle time after world war 2, the VW beatle.
...or how it really is. Original, given a facelift or fully restored?
The vehicle has been recently fully restored to the highest standard, by specialist companies. Especially its colour and interior are near its original look. It is presented in flawless condition both visually and mechanically, to the same standards as when it was first delivered.
The todays condition, thanks to the special restoration, set it apart from other vehicles in condition 1 and makes it really special. Since restoration, the vehicle has not been driven. All work is documented by a comprehensive photographic collection. A full extend guarantee over one year will be warranted. Copy of the Mercedes-Benz data card as well as an individual Classic Data certificate are available.
...or what is it like to drive?
It looks very elegant and is fully functional - a classic, valuable collector's item. However, you can also spontaneously fall in its leather seats and drive off in a flash, whether to the local coffee shop or on holiday, by using the stylish luggage set! The rock-solid engineering and suitability for everyday use make this possible. With its design and colour combination it attracts attention: from any side and any angle you look at it, whilst stationary or in motion, if you like profiles, you cannot resist turning your head.
In case of maintenance there is no reason to worry because of the ensured supply of all parts. There are enough workshops with experience in maintaining and servicing a 190 SL.
In this perfect condition there is a good potential for an increase of value.