NUMBERS & COLOURS
This 190 SL is an absolute sensation! It was transferred to Switzerland on the 26th of August 1959, customs cleared and initially delivered to a Mercedes dealer in Zurich. The commissioning took place on 31.08.1959 by the dealer himself. On the 21st of November 1962 the car went over to Mr. Fritz Rhein and remained in Zurich. Mr. Rhein sold the car on the 29th of May 1969 further to Kloten (CH) to Mr. Hugo Staehlin. Mr. Staehlin decommissioned the car immediately – the car was supposed to stay in his Garage during his 3 years abroad. In the end the car was dry and jacked up in Mr. Staehlin's garage in Switzerland until it was sold to the current owner on October 6, 2010.
According to the owner, the car is almost completely in the first paint. The paint measurement confirms the statement. Except for the trunk lid, the car has between 50 and 90 nm. Only the trunk lid was apparently repainted once and has between 190 and 236 nm.
Besides the paint, of course, the interior is still completely original. The leather, discoloured of course, is the absolute epitome of patina. In addition, it is also technically flawless. It starts smoothly, hangs tight on the gas and runs fantastically smooth.
This 190 SL is an absolute collector's item which is extremely hard to find in such an original condition.
The 190 SL was conceived as a sporty touring car alongside the 300 SL to expand business in the American market. The idea for the vehicle came from the American general importer Max Hoffmann, who brought it to the attention of the Board of Management and finally convinced them to go ahead with it. In 1954, the 190 SL was presented for the first time at the New York Auto Show and aroused much enthusiasm. It was then further revised to make it look closer to the 300 SL and finally presented in its final form at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1955.
Technically, the vehicle was based on the Ponton saloon (W 121). Described at the time as a "touring sports car", the 190 SL had many of the same styling elements as its "big brother", the 300 SL, especially the front end. Technically, however, much was taken over from the Ponton models, such as the chassis and the floor assembly. The carburetor engine, on the other hand, was newly developed especially for the 190 SL (M 121 B II).
A vehicle with a sporty look and high suitability for everyday use which is still very much admired today.