The Mercedes Benz 190 SL offered for sale here was initially delivered to the USA via Bremen on the 13th of January 1958. The car spent most of its time in America until it was reimported to Germany in the early 2000s.
Back in Germany in the year 2009, the owner decided to have the car fully restored in Hungary. This was not unusual for the time, even today, well-known companies have the work done in Hungary or Poland. The car was restored "nut to bolt" and all technical components and aggregates were overhauled or renewed. In the course of the restoration, the car received the classic colour combination, DB 180 silver metallic with a red, leather interior and bucket seats. The restoration was done at the highest level - the paint and chrome are still like new even 14 years later. The gaps, the adjustments and the mechanics are in perfect condition.
Both the engine and transmission are the factory units - so this 190 SL has the coveted "matching numbers".
Since the restoration, the car has been serviced annually and exclusively at the Classic Centre in Fellbach. Thus when assessed in the year 2023, the 190 was rewarded with a grade 2+ and a value of 150.000,00 Euro.
Anyone who sits down in the 190 SL will be impressed by the first-class restoration work in the interior. Leather and carpets are accurately fitted with attention to detail, leaving no room for improvement. The engine runs perfectly and the handling is very direct. The perfect companion for trips in good weather and winding country roads.
The 190 SL was envisioned as a sporty touring car alongside the 300 SL to expand business in the American market. The idea of the car came from the American general importer Max Hoffmann, who brought it to the attention of the board of directors and finally convinced them. 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 bring it closer in appearance 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). The 190 SL, which was described at the time as a "touring sports car", 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 admired today.