The 190 SL was first introduced to the world thru the impetus of Max Hoffman USA's importer of early sports cars. His strategy was to take advantage of the 300 SL's many wins in 1952 and build on this excitement to sell Mercedes cars. This brought both the 300 SL and 190 SL enormous free publicity. The 300 SL was designed and built as a expensive racing car; Hoffman recognized a need for a lower priced sport Mercedes to compliment the famous 300 SL. Thus the 190 SL proto type debuted in 1954 at the New York Auto Show. An air scoop on the hood, eyebrows on the front fenders. The long awaited 190 SL was the first overhead cam 4 cylinder with bore identical to the 300's 6 cylinder engine and 2 Solex dual carbs with air ram. In 1958, 2722 units were built with 628 coming to the States. With today's values of the 300 roadsters in excess of 1 million, the prices are definitely on the move for the 190 SL's, some bringing well over $200,000.00. This wonderful car has 39,063 believed actual miles and came out of 36 years of hibernation. It recently enjoyed a professional restoration with books and records documenting the process. Youtube video available upon request. Call our classic car division at 815-385-8408 for video and/or vehicle information.
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