To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Monterey
event, 15 - 17 August 2019.
$130,000 - $160,000
- Fully restored and beautifully presented throughout
- Finished in period-correct Light Metallic Blue over
- A three-owner example; last 62 years spent in California
As the company's first volume sports car, the 190 SL shared the
120-horsepower, 1.9-liter four-cylinder engine and running gear
from the Type 180 sedan, while also offering similar styling to its
big brother, the legendary 300 SL. The resemblance to the 300 SL
coupe and roadster was certainly intentional, but at just $3,840
new in 1955, the 190 SL was half the price. Mercedes-Benz followed
the Austin-Healey/Triumph TR-series formula of the era by creating
a new car using off-the-shelf components it had available from its
other car lines. The 190 SL was produced from 1955 through 1963,
with Mercedes-Benz building 25,881 units. It could reach a top
speed of 110 mph, with a 0-60 mph time of 13.3 seconds, while also
offering up to 26 mpg, the perfect combination for effortless
The pristine 190 SL offered here has seen very little use in the
past few years since undergoing a comprehensive frame-off
restoration performed by marque specialists at Titan Restoration.
It is finished in a factory-correct shade of Light Metallic Blue
(DB 356) and wears an attractive Parchment leather interior.
Furthermore, the car retains its rare original and functional
wind-up clock, as well as a set of tools and books that are
included with the sale.
As a matching-numbers example with few miles since its restoration,
this car has spent its entire life in California with only three
private owners. Beautifully restored to the highest quality, it is
a fine example for extensive touring as well as Mercedes-Benz club
events.To view this car and others currently consigned to this
auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo19