17 August 2003
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1963 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL ROADSTER
Chassis No. 121040-10-023853
Black with black leather interior and black soft top
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 example. 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. It 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.
This example, with a known history from new, is strikingly presented with solid black paintwork offset by excellent chromework and whitewall tires. The panelwork is exemplary and the soft top fits well. Underneath, the car is clean and rust free. The interior is equally smart with black leather upholstery, dash surround and trim throughout. The car has its original steering wheel and also has a period Becker Europa radio fitted. The indicated mileage shows just over 60,000. Altogether this appears to be a highly impressive example of the marque, and as a 1963 model, it is also rare since production ended in February of that year.
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