Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster

Introduced at the New York Auto Show in 1954, the Mercedes-Benz 190SL complemented the 300SL as a more affordable and equally stylish alternative, conceived by U.S. importer Max Hoffman. Though the new model carried the “SL” nomenclature denoting “Sport Leicht” (sport light), it was actually a touring vehicle with a curb weight of 2,558 pounds. With a lower price tag than the 300SL, it soon began to outsell its big brother by about eight to one. What’s more, its engine, a single overhead camshaft four-cylinder unit displacing 1,897 cc, was a quantum leap over anything else available in the under-two-liter class.

Part of the RM Auctions event at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center in August, 2010, in London, October, 2012 and in Arizona in January, 2013.

120 bhp, 1,897 cc inline four-cylinder engine with single overhead camshaft, dual Solex carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension and swing axle suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel, Simon Clay and Bruno Ratensperger

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Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster