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 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL is a fully and meticulously restored example in black with red leather upholstery, black carpets, red top boot cover and a black cloth top. Its restoration is exemplary in its attention to details like the original type Solex dual choke carburetors and bodywork that displays accurate gaps and beautiful bodywork that is hard to find on black-liveried cars.
The tires and body rubber seals are new. Even the rear fender stoneguards fit the fender profiles perfectly. It is fitted with a Becker radio and has a highly detailed engine compartment.
The car has a rare and desirable Mercedes accessory fuel can mounted in the trunk. Driven on the street the smooth flow of reflections in the deep black paint amply attest to the quality of attention to its body. It has great eye-appeal and will be a rewarding acquisition on display or on the road.
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