Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

Picture-perfect, renovated Mercedes-Benz 190 SL in elegant red with beige top and interior

Our ID 1179
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Model 190 SL
Produced 1955-1963
Year 1956
Steering Left Hand Drive
Exterior Dark Red
Interior Leather light-beige
Engine 4 In-line
Capacity 1.884 ccm
Power 77kW / 105PS
Extras White wall tyres, Becker radio, clock, owners manual, tool kit, optional: luggage set (2-/3-pieces) in interior colour

...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 1962.

...or how did it fare over the years?

The car was delivered to Daimler-Benz New York in June1956, which is confirmed by the Mercedes-Benz car card. Currently restored at the highest level possible.

...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. It is presented in flawless condition both visually and mechanically, to the same standards as when it was first delivered. Since restoration, the vehicle has not been driven. All work is documented. Matching-numbers car with engine from first delivery. 

...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 red leather seats and drive off in a flash, whether to the local coffee shop or on holiday! 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.