Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 19th - 22nd, 2017 at Russo and Steele's 17th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Please contact us for more information. Noted for its refinement and elegance the 190SL often was overshadowed by the larger 300SL, but the 190SL was a high- quality sports tourer. When introduced in February 1954, it was thought to be a little slow, but by 1958 the engine output had been raised to 105 bhp, commendable for a 2-liter power unit running with little stress. All this gave the car good performance with a top speed of 110 mph and 0 to 60 in 13.3 seconds. Contemporary road testers found third gear a useful overtaking ratio, taking the 190SL to over 75 mph. Performance was described as sparkling with a reassuring level of safety. Fuel consumption of 20 to 26 mpg with a 14.3-gallon tank gave the car a cruising range of around 350 miles, emphasizing it's essentially touring character. Strictly a two-seater, the 190 has good luggage capacity with space behind the seats as well as a commodious trunk. The car's stability is commendable and the ride is good even by modern standards. The car pictured here comes equipped with factory hard top and retains its original interior. The 190SL was born from the rich tradition of excellence and distinction so firmly adhered to by Mercedes-Benz. After the success of 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 an impact on the motoring world, selling over 25,000 units by the final days of its eight-year production run. The 190SL gained quite a following-it is rumored that it was the favorite car of the 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.