1. 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster

  2. 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster

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Lot Number
78
1963 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $110,000 - $130,000
CHASSIS NO: 12104210024218
• Wonderful presentation and colors throughout
• Equipped with Becker ‘Europa’ AM/FM/SW radio
• Rare as 1 of only 104 final-year examples produced
• Original owner’s manual, spare wheel/tire and jack

1,897 cc SOHC inline four-cylinder engine, twin Solex side draft carburetors, 105 BHP, four-speed manual gearbox, fully independent suspension with wishbones and coil springs front, rear swing-axle with coil springs, and power-assisted four-wheel “Alfin” hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 94.5”


Introduced at the 1954 New York International Motor Sport Show alongside the 300SL “Gullwing,” the 190 SL was the brainchild of U.S. Mercedes-Benz importer Max Hoffman. Similar in appearance to the 300 SL yet less complex and costly, the 190SL’s “Sport Leichtbau” label denoted a sporting character and the use of lightweight aluminum for the hood, doors, and rear decklid. Rigid monocoque construction, roll-up windows, and an available aluminum hardtop were other 190 SL virtues. Fritz Nallinger led 190 SL engineering. Using proven mechanical components from the “Ponton” line, the 190 SL was powered by a SOHC 1.9-liter ‘four’ with twin Solex carburetors producing 105 hp. Other components included a four-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel, power-assisted “Alfin” drum brakes. Full-independent suspension included front wishbones and coil springs with swing axles and a compensator spring at the rear for predictable handling. Performance was quite good, with the touring-oriented 190 SL delivering 0-60 acceleration in 13 seconds and a top speed near 110 mph. Walter Hacker and his team designed the 190 SL body under the direction of Mercedes-Benz design head Karl Wilfert. Among the designers was a young Paul Bracq, who was later Mercedes' head of design responsible for the 230/250/280 SL lines and 600 models. Mr. Bracq's many design credits also included work for BMW, Citroën, Peugeot, and France’s TGV high-speed trains.
Internally designated W121, the production-ready 190 SL debuted at the 1955 Geneva show and customer deliveries soon followed. A hit from introduction, the 190 SL earned design awards in Holland, Switzerland, and at France’s Grand Prix d'Elegance. While intended as a stylish grand tourer without racing pretensions, the 190 SL was effective in competition with factory support and expertise readily supplied to preferred clients. During 1956, Doug Stearne drove a 190 SL to victory at the rainy Macao Grand Prix, leading the second-place Ferrari Mondial by 2 ½ laps at the finish! At Casablanca that year, Mercedes distributor Joseph F. Weckerlé took the under 2.0-liter class win with his 190 SL. Confirming Max Hoffman’s keen sense of American buyers and their specific requirements, the 190 SL outsold the 300 SL – coupe and roadster combined – by a factor of eight to one. In all, Mercedes-Benz produced 25,881 190 SLs from 1955 to 1963. In testament to its excellent design, the success of the 190 SL encouraged Mercedes’ subsequent single-platform policy for its sports cars, one that continues today. Virtually all the era’s top personalities favored the 190 SL; among them were screen icons Grace Kelly, Gina Lollobrigida, Ingrid Bergman, and Yul Brynner. More recent celebrity owners of the 190 SL include former Beatle Ringo Starr, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow, and many more enthusiasts.
Hailing from the final year of production, this handsomely presented Mercedes Benz 190 SL is one of only 104 examples built. Visually striking in its Jet Black exterior paint finish, this great 190 SL is wonderfully complemented by a black cloth convertible top and exceptional Berry Red leather upholstery and matching carpets. A matching red leather top-boot cover completes the ensemble, along with proper factory steel wheels with Mercedes-Benz hub caps mounting period style whitewall tires. Should you ever require additional entertainment on the open road, a highly desirable Becker ‘Europa’ AM/FM/short wave radio unit is ready to enjoy. Additional items included in the sale of this very fine 190 SL are the original owner’s manual and a spare wheel/tire and roadside jack inside the trunk compartment. Now offered on behalf of a fastidious and highly knowledgeable Consignor, this 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster benefits from recent carburetor tuning and stands ready to deliver immense Continental flair.

1963 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster
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