17 June 2000
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1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL ROADSTER
Chassis No. 121042
Engine No. 1210106120
White with red leather interior and canvas softtop and white hardtop
Engine: in-line four 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 softtop 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 vendor reports this car to be in fabulous overall condition and it benefited recently from a repaint and new red leather interior. Additionally the Mercedes comes with the desirable option of having both a soft and hard top. We understand that the car is well maintained and regularly attended to by skilled Mercedes mechanics. While the 190SL is regularly driven by its Pebble Beach owner, it is reluctantly being sold by the vendor due to health reasons which no longer permit him to enjoy the car on a regular basis.
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