Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Production 1955-1963
25,881 built[1]
Assembly Germany
Predecessor none
Successor Mercedes-Benz W113 (230SL)
Class grand tourer
Body style 2-door roadster
Layout FR layout
Platform Mercedes-Benz W121
Engine 1,897 cc I4
Transmission 4-speed manual, fully synchronized
Wheelbase 2,400 mm (94.5 in)
Length 4,290 mm (168.9 in)
Width 1,740 mm (68.5 in)
Height 1,320 mm (52.0 in)
Curb weight 2,552 lb (1,158 kg)
Related Mercedes-Benz W198 (300SL)
Mercedes-Benz W120/121
See Mercedes-Benz SL-Class for a complete overview of all SL-Class models.

The Mercedes-Benz 190SL is a two-door grand touring convertible with an optional removable hardtop that was produced by Mercedes-Benz between May 1955 and February 1963. A prototype was first shown at the 1954 New York Auto Show.

Mercedes-Benz 190SL

The Mercedes-Benz 190SL was sold alongside the faster, more expensive Mercedes-Benz 300SL, which it closely resembled both in its styling, engineering, detailing and fully independent suspension, both cars having double wishbone suspensions at the front and swing axles at the rear. However, the Mercedes-Benz 190SL did not use the 300SL’s purpose-built tubular spaceframe W198 platform, but was built on a shortened and monocoque R121 platform that modified from the W121 small saloon.[2]

The Mercedes-Benz 190SL was powered by a new, slightly oversquare 1.9 L straight-four [5]) or with removable hardtop (DM 17,650/$ 4,295). Optional was a third-passenger transverse seat that could even fit an adult. During its first years the Mercedes-Benz 190SL was available as a sports-racing model with small perspex windscreen and spartan one-piece leather covered bucket seats and aluminum doors, although any competition aspirations were modest. In 1959, the hardtop’s rear window was enlarged.

Both the Mercedes-Benz 190SL and the 300SL were replaced by the Mercedes-Benz 230SL in 1963.

Mercedes-Benz 190SL

[edit] Technical data Mercedes-Benz 190SL

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ 3-613-02131-5.
  2. ^ “RitzSite Mercedes-Benz 190 SL 1955-1963; page 2”. Ritzsite.net. http://www.ritzsite.net/190SL/02_190SL.htm. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  3. ^ Oswald, op. cit., p. 31
  4. ^ b Smith, Maurice A., ed. (28 October 1966). “Used cars on test:1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Coupé”. Autocar. 125 (3689): pages 944–945.
  5. ^ US prices: Mike Covello: Standard Catalog of Imported Cars 1946-2002. Krause Publication, Iola 2002, ISBN 0-87341-605-8, p. 528.

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