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White | Roadster | 4 Speed Manual | 1.9 litre | 106,671 miles showing | SOLD
Beautifully restrained, elegant, and just about perfect. An article from the New York Motor Show best described the Mercedes Benz 190 SL as "a stunning new production sports car that offers three hits – Race bred performance, luxurious comfort and operational robustness - with no errors”.
Based on the curvaceous shape of the race-going Gullwing and with bank-vault solid construction the 190 SL hails from an era when automotive design wasn’t constrained by an accountant’s felt-tip and has meant that today this space age sports classic is one of the most collectable and recognisable cars of the modern era.
Breathing through twin Solex downdraft carburettors, the 190’s velvety M121 power unit produces 105 hp at 5,700rpm, the first engine of its kind for Mercedes-Benz and enough to propel the 190 SL from a standing start to 100 km/h in 13 seconds - more Hollywood Boulevard than Targa Florio.
Australian delivered and an original right hand drive car this rare Mercedes-Benz 190 SL was restored some time ago and today presents with a beautiful patina in Cream over Red trim.
The esteemed interior has been expertly refurbished, the dash carries all of its original chrome dials and switches in crystal clear condition, the original Bakelite steering wheel and shift knob are perfectly smooth to the touch, the carpets are so precisely fitted and the leather seats hug the driver and passenger well.
Quintessentially German mechanical touches to the car are the sharply defined 4 speed transmission that requires only a light touch to change gear while swing axles in the rear and double wishbones up front plus rack and pinion steering work to provide plenty of driver feedback and the overall feel behind the wheel of this well maintained car is unrivalled.
The 190 SL continues to follow the 300 SL in terms of collectability and finding an Australian delivered car in this condition is incredibly rare.
The perfect addition to any garage or collection this special 190 SL is one for the savvy collector as values rise and rise around the world.