Stunning factory black Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible with lush red leather interior. Extensive restoration on a low mileage, 29,000 mile, extremely well preserved Mercedes roadster with documented owner history, manuals and service documents. This exquisite classic European sports car is absolutely stunning; the professional paint, laser straight body with perfect lines and show chrome are what you would expect for a high quality, investment grade Mercedes-Benz. The lush red interior shows as new with new leather seats, carpet and reconditioned dash with clean, crisp gauges and is topped off with a new canvas top and liner. The amazing original floors are still covered in the factory color as well as factory torque markings on the suspension all lends to substantiate a low mile car. This car has its original engine tag and matching stamped motor number, front chassis plate with matching chassis stamp and firewall tag. The original Mercedes wheels have been restored and have correct chrome center caps and trim rings and are wrapped with new wide white wall radial tires for the perfect finishing touch on this incredible 190 SL roadster.
- Exquisite, high quality, investment grade Mercedes-Benz
- Extensive, professional restoration on a 29000 mile original factory black car
- Professional black paint over a laser straight body with beautiful body lines and show chrome.
- New canvas top and great glass all the way around
- Documented owner history sold new in Plainville, Connecticut
- Rolling on correct Mercedes wheels, caps and newer wide whites
- Concours quality, factory-correct red leather interior
- Beautiful dash with crisp instrumentation
- Original steering wheel and horn ring
- Becker radio
- Factory books in original folder
- Original drive train 1.9 Liter 1897cc engine
- Show quality detail on the engine compartment
- 4 -Speed manual transmission
- Original tool kit
- Original tire pressure gauge in original wooden box
- Original electrical fuses in original box
- Mostly original undercarriage that is extremely well preserved and restored as needed.
"The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL (W121) is a two-door luxury roadster produced by Mercedes-Benz between May 1955 and February 1963. Internally referred to as W121 (BII or B2), it was first shown in prototype at the 1954 New York Auto Show, and was available with an optional removable hardtop.
The 190 SL presented an attractive, more affordable alternative to the exclusive Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, sharing its basic styling, engineering, detailing, and fully independent suspension. Both cars had double wishbones in front and swing axles at the rear. Instead of the 300 SL's expensive purpose-built W198 tubular spaceframe, the 190 SL's R121 structure used a shortened unitary floorpan modified from the W121 base saloon.
The 190 SL was powered by a new, slightly oversquare 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) Type M121 BII 1.9 L straight-four SOHC engine. Based on the 300 SL's straight six, it had an unchanged 85 mm bore and 4.3 mm reduced 83.6 mm stroke, was fitted with twin-choke dual Solex carburetors, and produced gross 120 hp (89 kW; 122 PS). In detuned form, it was later used in the W120 180 and W121 190 models.
The car was available either as a soft-top convertible (initially priced at DM 16,500/US$ 3,998) or with removable hardtop (DM 17,650/$ 4,295). A small third-passenger transverse seat was optional. During its first years the 190 SL was available as a sports-racing model with small perspex windscreen and spartan one-piece leather covered bucket seats and aluminium doors. In 1959, the hardtop's rear window was enlarged.
In 1956, a few six-cylinder prototypes were built for testing. A 190SL with a unique engine, using the 300SL block, squeezed into the engine bay with a one-off mix of Benz-bin parts was entered in the 1956 Alpine Rally, but the costs of production would be prohibitive. Two other prototypes, fitted with fuel injected M180 220SE engines were baptised the W127 / 220SL. In June 1956, Rudi Uhlenhaut and Karl Kling lapped the Nrburgring Nordschleife circuit in the two W127s a good 25 seconds faster than a regular 190SL. On April 12, 1957, MB's board decided to build the W127, six-cylinder 220SL alongside the 190SL, but production challenges postponed manufacturing until it was overtaken by the 230SL 'Pagoda'.
Both the 190 SL and the 300 SL were replaced by the Mercedes-Benz 230SL in 1963."American Dream Machines
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