1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

As Mercedes-Benz got back on its feet after the devastation of World War II it steadily expanded its model range to meet the needs not only of its luxury and high performance clientele but also of an expanding middle class that valued Mercedes-Benz quality, comfort and reliability. The 190SL was a natural complement to the high performance 300SL coupe and roadster. Based on a shortened 180 sedan platform, the 190SL tuned the 180 single overhead camshaft four-cylinder engine, breathed through a pair of Solex dual choke side draft carburetors and put the resulting 120 SAE horsepower through a fully-synchronized 4-speed transmission to an independent low-pivot swing axle rear suspension. Its coachwork took several cues from the 300SL including the fender well eyebrow moldings and the wide air intake carrying a bold central Mercedes-Benz star emblem. The 190SL has enjoyed a resurgence of interest as collectors recognize its welcome combination of style, performance, comfort and reliability. This 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster may be one of the best of its type having received a serious, comprehensive and accurate restoration to better than new condition while paying close attention to accurate construction and assembly in details like the hoses, clamps, stickers, and even a tar top-style battery. It is finished in silver-grey metallic (DB 180G) with red leather upholstery and a black cloth top. The attention to detail is evident in subtle attributes like the correct rubber floor mats so often covered up during restorations with carpet. The paint, chrome and interior are impressively done, with careful attention paid to the trunk and even the simple feature of a locking M-B branded gas cap. This is a beautiful 190SL in a subtle color combination that shows the body's lines to advantage and can be driven, shown and toured with pride.

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