19 March 1999
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL ROADSTER
Chassis No. 9500074
Engine No. 1212.921.8502812.
Black with black and red interior
Engine: in-line 4 cylinder overhead camshaft, 105hp at 5,700rpm; Gearbox: four speed manual; Suspension: independent front with single joint swing axle rear and coil springs; Brakes: finned drums all around. Left hand drive.
The 190SL was born from the rich tradition of excellence and distinction so firmly adhered to by Mercedes-Benz. After experiencing unconditional success with the powerful 300SL series, Mercedes executives and designers decided it would be advantageous to introduce a smaller, lower priced, yet similar example, 'a little brother' if you will. The 300SL's 'little brother' made quite an impact on the motoring world, selling over 25,000 units by the final days of its eight year production run in February of 1963. The 190SL gained quite a following - it is rumored that it was the favorite car of the very alluring Grace Kelly. In effect, the 190SL was far more practical than its more severe alternative, and was better designed to suit the everyday driver and enthusiast.
The 190SL was as impressive to the eye as the 300 series and still offered adequate performance. The car was offered to the public in two versions: the soft top convertible and the removable hardtop version that was fixed to the body. Under the hood was an in-line four cylinder engine with a chain driven overhead camshaft rounded out with two downdraft carburetors. All of this helped deliver a sufficient 105 horsepower to propel the monocoque chassis 190SL to ample driving speeds.
The 190SL offered here is reported to have undergone minor restoration work. It was repainted once some time ago and had a limited amount of chrome refinished. Mr. Lassiter also had the brake system redone, in addition to other sundry cosmetics. Panel fit on the car is commendable with both doors closing solidly. The interior condition is presentable - the seat upholstery and floor mats give the impression of having been replaced at some point. The engine bay is consistent with the overall condition of the car and appears to be in original condition. Minor surface rust can be seen on the floor pans and springs. The car is equipped with whitewall tires, a black soft top and is complete with a spare tire and jack in the rear compartment.
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