Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
|Steering||Left Hand Drive|
|Extras||White wall tyres, Becker radio, clock, centre armrest, owners manual, tool kit, luggage set (optional)|
...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?
First delivery of the car was at December 6, 1957 to the company Studebaker Packard in New York/USA. This information is confirmed by the bill of delivery from Daimler-Benz AG. A Californian US-Title from 2012 is available. 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 by a comprehensive photographic collection.
...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 cognac 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.