2009 Shannons Sydney Summer Classic Auction
1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible
Result: PASSED IN
|Engine||In-line four-cylinder, 1897cc|
This lot is no longer available
Mercedes-Benz's fifties equivalent of the modern SLK, the 190SL, ably fulfilled the role of a sporting tourer that offered plenty of style, typically first class Teutonic engineering and lively performance, all at a relatively affordable price. Created with the booming American market in mind, the 190SL was designed around Daimler-Benz' first unitary construction platform and the immensely strong steel backbone chassis was clothed in a mixture of steel and aluminium panels (including the bonnet, bootlid and doors) to keep weight down. The 1897cc four-cylinder engine, also common to the 190 saloons, developed 105 bhp and drove the rear wheels through an all-synchromesh four-speed gearbox. Braking was hydraulically operated via race-derived Al-fin type drums. One feature that made the 190SL so popular was the versatility afforded by offering a choice of a folding top or beautifully made hardtop that effectively turned the SL into a snug coupe for the winter months. Inside, the 190SL one finds an abundance of period detailing, from the padded dashboard and chrome horn ring to lovely touches like the chrome courtesy light. As fifties classic sports cars go, it's easy to make a compelling case for owning a 190SL. Reliable, versatile, chic and a solid investment, this classic Mercedes-Benz roadster is guaranteed to turn heads and provide a thoroughly rewarding ownership experience.