1960 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster

For those who couldn’t afford the extravagant price tag of Mercedes-Benz’s elite race-inspired sports car, the 300 SL, there was the more accessible yet equally sophisticated 190 SL. Emerging in January 1955, the 190 SL was derived from the 180 saloon, utilizing its independently-suspended running gear. Its power came from a 1,897cc overhead-camshaft four-cylinder engine, a pioneering feature for Mercedes-Benz.

Equipped with twin Solex downdraft carburettors, the M121 engine churned out 105bhp, delivering a 0-60mph acceleration in 13 seconds and a top speed of 107mph. Despite its more relaxed boulevard-style ride and the presence of faster, cheaper rivals, the 190 SL enjoyed remarkable success, particularly in the USA, where a significant portion of its nearly 26,000 units produced between 1955 and 1963 found buyers. Even today, the 190 SL remains highly sought after, boasting unparalleled refinement and usability, while undeniably exuding timeless elegance.

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