The Mercedes Benz 190 SL is a beautiful car with sporty elegance, a two-door roadster with removable hardtop produced between May 1955 and February 1963.
It first appeared as a prototype in 1954 at the International Motor Sports Show in New York, come March 1955 it appeared in its finished form at the 25th International Motor Show in Geneva, where it was met with a resounding response.
Even though the 190 SL wasn’t based on motor racing technology, it still cut a sporty figure. Designed by Karl Wilfert and Walter Hacker it was a close match to the more expensive Mercedes-Benz 300SL – in styling, detailing, engineering and independent suspension.
The 190 SL was powered by the newly developed M 121: a 77 kW, 1.9-litre, four-cylinder engine with an overhead camshaft.
This car became the dream car of the 1950s in the US. The strengthening of individual mobility had so many people realising the dream of having their own car.