Mercedes-Benz is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the 190 SL two-seater convertible.
Previewed by a concept at the International Motor Sports Show in New York in February 1954, the production model appeared for the first time in March 1955 at the 25th International Motor Show in Geneva. Production started in May the same year.
Powered by a newly developed 1.9-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with an overhead camshaft, the convertible had 105 HP (77 kW). Mercedes-Benz says the open-top two-seater “set new standards for comfortable travel with a sporty note by delivering a refreshingly new take on the Gran Turismo idea”.
Almost 80 percent of all 25,881 produced vehicles were exported outside Germany. The USA was the most important market – almost 40 percent of all 190 SL models were sold in the USA.