Derived from the highly exclusive 300SL Roadster, the Mercedes-Benz 190SL made its debut at the 1954 New York Auto Show featuring similar styling, suspension, and engineering. It also introduced a new 1.9-liter inline-four engine, derived from the 300SL's straight-six. A final year example, this 1963 Mercedes Benz 190SL Roadster comes finished in Black over tan leatherette upholstery. It was acquired by its seller in 2004 and is said to have since been stored in a climate-controlled garage. This 190SL is now being offered for auction out of Pennsylvania.
The 190SL shares its basic styling with the 300SL Roadster including its distinctive fender flares, bumper design, and single-bar front grille with a central Mercedes-Benz emblem. This example is said to have been refinished in its factory-specified shade of black some time ago and features a matching convertible soft top. It rides on 15” chrome wheels with paint-matched Mercedes-Benz emblemized hubcaps and new whitewall tires mounted within the last 10k miles. The seller notes some signs of road wear are present, additional images are provided in the gallery.
The cabin is appointed with tan leatherette upholstery covering the seats, door panels, and upper dashboard. A white-finished two-spoke steering wheel is mounted ahead of a body-colored dash fascia which presents analog VDO instrumentation, a quartz clock, heater controls, and a “190 SL” logo radio compartment cover. The seller adds that the speedometer and radio were rebuilt, the tachometer is working properly although a small chrome accent has fallen off within, and the carpets show some wear.
The 190SL derived power from a type M121 BII 1.9-liter SOHC inline-four carbureted engine that drives the rear wheels by way of a synchronized 4-speed manual gearbox. The seller states that the originality of the transmission is unknown, although it has been rebuilt by the professionals at Precision Autoworks in Camden, New Jersey, along with the installation of a new clutch, brakes, and brake booster.
This sale will include a clean title.
The seller would like you to know: “I've loved this car for the past 20 years...I'm at a stage in my life where I believe she's ready for her next caretaker. I've enjoyed and loved her and hope she finds her next home.”
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