Lot 47

2015   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2015

1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

SOLD $121,000


$120,000 - $160,000| Without Reserve


Car Highlights

Recent Restoration Recipient
Wonderful Period Presentation
Popular Sports Model of the 1950s
Fabulous Ivory and Red Color Combination
A Charming Example of the Model

Technical Specs

1,897 CC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin Weber Carburetors
105 HP at 5,700 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Independent Front-Wishbone Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Swing Axle with Coil Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this vehicle is titled 190SLR018414. Please note that improper repair of some corrosion in the rear subframe has been detected. Please also note that chassis number printed in the catalogue contains a typographical error and should read 121.921.10.018553.

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In the 1950s, Max Hoffman was a great influencer of auto imports in the US, and under his guidance Mercedes-Benz designed the 190 SL to debut alongside the 300 SL Gullwing, as a lighter and more affordable but equally exquisite option. Launched at the New York International Auto Show in 1954, the 190 SL was produced from 1955 through 1963 and, although not built as a race car, its Sport Leichtbau monocoque construction, aluminum hood and doors, and a top speed of 110 mph afforded the model some competition success and it fast became the sport favorite of the jet set.

This elegant example was built in 1961 and is reported to have spent many years in Nashville before being purchased by a gentleman from Long Island, who moved the car to New York state as a summer driver. In 2013, the car was comprehensively cosmetically and mechanically restored. As is common, the Solex carburetor configuration was upgraded employing twin Webers; however, the remainder of the work prioritized the preservation of original specifications. A testament to the results, the current owner recently drove the 190 SL out to the Hamptons, fittingly, and was delighted with its performance.

This stylish 190 SL with its white over red color scheme and classic brown soft top is a striking example of the marque and would make a delightful first classic or addition to any collection.