Lot 021 – 1956 Mercedes Benz 190SL Roadster

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2-Tops, Family Owned for 45 years

VIN: 0407500932
Mileage: 11,331 (Showing)
Engine: 1.9 L Straight 4-Cylinder
Transmission: 4-Speed manual

In 1954, Mercedes introduced its two-door grand touring roadster known as the 190SL at the New York Auto Show. Fifteen months later the production version was displayed at the 1955 Geneva Auto Show.

Produced alongside the 300SL, the 190SL had very similar characteristics, however was much sleeker due to its shortened monocoque R121 platform. The 190SL was produced with a 1.9L straight-four engine that was capable of producing up to 104hp. The car was created with a 4-speed fully-synchronized manual transmission and was available as either a soft-top convertible or a removable hardtop. It took 14.5 seconds to go from zero to sixty and had a top speed of nearly 110 mph. Drum brakes were placed on all four corners of the 14 foot, one inch vehicle Servo brakes were optional until 1956 at which point they became standard.

The 190SL production run lasted from 1955 through 1963. In comparison to many other nameplates, this is a very low number, guarantying its exclusivity and rarity in today’s standards. It was a beautiful sibling to the prestigious and awe-inspiring gullwing door 300SL.

This 1956 190SL is finished in medium blue and has a lovely tan interior. It features the charming “Hella” turn signal switches integrated into the chrome work as well as the celebrated 7 day wind up clock as seen only on the earlier models. This Mercedes also boasts both a matching blue soft top and nicely maintained convertible hardtop. The interior is crisp and clean with no signs of major damage or wear. The upholstery is soft and supple, and appears to hardly ever have been sat upon. The dash is original and complete and is neither marred nor missing any switches or knobs.


Thank you for your interest.
Mileage assumed to be actual.