1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Mercedes-Benz followed the success of the famed 300SL Gullwing Coupe with the smaller four-cylinder 190SL. Retaining much of the 300SL's styling cues, it was based on the 180 sedan, sharing its single overhead camshaft engine but with two dual-throat carburetors that delivered 120hp and low pivot swing axle rear suspension. More modestly priced and powered than the 300SL, it appealed to a much larger market, broadening recognition of the marque and helping support an expanded dealer network. This 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster is nicely restored in red with tan leather, a black cloth top and a tan top boot cover. It has a fully appointed trunk with carpet, jack and spare, ivory wheels with hubcaps and trim rings and new bias ply whitewall tires. There is a modern CD stereo mounted under the dash with two quality speakers professionally mounted in the rear. The engine compartment is thoughtfully and completely detailed in nearly like new condition and it retains the original Solex side draft carburetors which are often replaced in less conscientious restorations with Webers or even Mikunis. The paint and interior are very strong and the chrome is even better. The 190SL proved its appeal in a production run which spanned nine years and this 1956 amply demonstrates its qualities and desirability.

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