Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
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- Complete restored and mechanically rebuilt condition example
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When the Mercedes-Benz 300SL has been on the market for a few years as a closed coupé in 1955, the German group decides to come up with an affordable two-seater that is strongly inspired by the pricey and advanced big brother in terms of design. The 190SL, which is only available as a convertible, is equipped with a 1,897 cc four-cylinder unit that is mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. Unlike the 300SL, the 190SL does not have a tubular chassis, but uses a shortened chassis from the W121 sedan as a base.
The 190 SL you see here dates from 1961 and came to the Netherlands in 1968. After a few owners, the most recent owner took possession of it in 2002 and enjoyed it for more than twenty years. The owner collected and kept all documentation, so there is a large file to keep all documentation and invoices together. A nice reference work about the history of this copy.
This anthracite gray 190SL is in a phenomenal condition, something that is not surprising after a complete ‘nut and bolt’ restoration. The bodywork is simply stunning. Tight, clean and with excellent fits of the hinged parts. Other seams between the various sheet metal parts are also beautiful. Many photos of the restoration are available, which also show that not only the body has been professionally restored by a specialist, many chrome parts have also been re-chromed. As a result, all the chrome work is actually in new condition and it stands out in a very chic way due to the dark gray paint.
Mercedes-Benz has designed a fantastic interior for the 190SL, with a largely painted dashboard that houses beautiful gauges. Furthermore, the extensive use of leather in the interior predominates. The top and bottom of the stylish dashboard, door panels and of course the seats: beautiful red leather decorates the interior and carpet in the same color completes it. New seems to be the magic word in the interior because everything you see has been tackled. New upholstery, new carpets, new paint: everything is perfect about this SL. The ivory-colored steering wheel and gear knob in the same color contrast fantastically with the otherwise colorful and dark gray interior. VDO’s meters are clearly visible and in top condition, both optically and functionally. What an atmosphere, what a class. Obviously, the interior has been fully included during the restoration because there really isn’t a square millimeter missing, everything has been perfected down to the finest detail, as befits a Mercedes-Benz.
Perfection is also the magic word under the hood. The room looks very fresh and the engine is free of any leaks or remnants of previous leaks. A beautiful power source to look at too, this four-cylinder with its double carburettors. The engine, like the gearbox and powertrain, has been completely overhauled and produces about 105 hp. This makes it possible to reach a top speed of just over 170 km/h. But honestly: those are not the speeds at which this SL brings out the best in itself. Sporty touring on beautiful rolling roads, crossing beautiful villages, sometimes stretching your legs and especially looking back when you walk away from the car: what a beautiful and stylish appearance.
The car comes with a huge stack of documentation, a USB stick with numerous photos of the restoration showing that the car has been taken apart down to the last screw and the car was completely reduced to bare steel.
Gallery Aaldering is Europe’s leading Classic Cars specialist since 1975! Always 400 Classic and Sportscars in stock, please visit www.gallery-aaldering.com for the current stock list (all offered cars are available in our showroom) and further information. We are located near the German border, 95 km from Düsseldorf and 90 km from Amsterdam. So easy traveling by plane, train, taxi and car. Transport and worldwide shipping can be arranged. No duties/import costs within Europe. We buy, sell and provide consignment sales (selling on behalf of the owner). We can arrange/provide registration/papers for our German (H-Kennzeichen, TÜV, Fahrzeugbrief, Wertgutachten usw.) and Benelux customers. Gallery Aaldering, Arnhemsestraat 47, 6971 AP Brummen, The Netherlands. Tel: 0031-575-564055. Quality, experience and transparency is what sets us apart. We look forward to welcoming you in our showroom