Niełatwo o niej pisać bez erotycznych skojarzeń. Karoseria Mercedesa 190SL R121 ma w sobie to coś – piękne, zmysłowe, lekkie i miękkie kształty, które sprawiają przyjemność dla oka, jak też w dotyku. Samo mycie takiego samochodu może być przyjemnością, szczególnie gdy mówimy o egzemplarzu odrestaurowanym do poziomu konkursowego. Jego czterocylindrowy silnik o mocy 105 KM nie zapewnia emocji na miarę Gullwinga, lecz od samochodu nigdy tego nie oczekiwano. To król bulwarów, który znakomicie przyjął się w Stanach Zjednoczonych, gdzie sprzedano zdecydowaną większość produkcji. Między innymi ten egzemplarz, który na licytacji osiągnął cenę ok. 453 tys. PLN (wliczając prowizję).
Wonderfully restored example
1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL
US$ 140,000 – 180,000
PLN 540,000 – 690,000
Sold for US$ 121,000 (PLN 453,433) inc. premium
QUAIL LODGE AUCTION
14 Aug 2015 11:00 PDT
1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL
Chassis no. 121040.7501727
Engine no. 121921.7501762
1,897cc SOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
2 Solex Carburetors
105bhp at 5,700rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Wonderfully restored example of the classic 190SL
*Retains its original, matching numbers engine
*Delivered new to the US with many options
*A beautiful Mercedes-Benz for Sunday drives or local Concours
*Offered with copy of Mercedes-Benz factory build sheet
THE MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL
For those insufficiently wealthy to afford its hyper-expensive, race-bred sports car – the 300SL – Mercedes-Benz offered the less exotic but no less refined 190SL. Announced in 1954 and based on the 180 saloon, whose all-independently-suspended running gear it used, the 190SL did not enter production until January 1955, the delay being caused by alterations aimed at strengthening the saloon’s shortened platform to compensate for the open body’s reduced stiffness. „Very few new sports cars have been so eagerly awaited or so long in coming as the moderately priced SL version of the Mercedes-Benz,” observed Road & Track magazine.
Mounted on a detachable subframe along with the four-speed manual gearbox, front suspension and steering, the power unit was a 1,897cc overhead-camshaft four, the first such engine ever to feature in a Mercedes-Benz. Breathing through twin Solex downdraft carburetors, this M121 power unit produced 105bhp at 5,700rpm, an output sufficient to propel the 190SL to 100km/h in 14.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 171km/h. The fact that the 190’s ride was more boulevard than sporting, and that many contemporary sports cars could outperform it while costing a good deal less, did nothing to deter sales. The model was a big hit in the US, where a good percentage of the slightly fewer than 26,000 produced between 1955 and 1963 found homes.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Completed at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Stuttgart during the summer of 1957, this beautifully restored example of the elegant 190SL was finished in Weissgrau DB158 over a red leather interior and a black top. The car was optioned with a Becker Europa radio; equipped with sealed beam headlights and other US market details, and delivered new through Studebaker/Packard of South Bend, Indiana.
The 190SL’s early ownership history remains unknown, but the car appeared in Florida by the 2000s. In 2009 the car was purchased, in somewhat aged condition, by Joe Fahey of John’s Island near Vero Beach, Florida, who soon embarked on a comprehensive restoration of the classic Mercedes-Benz. Sadly, Mr. Fahey passed away in 2012, soon after the three-year restoration job had been completed. The consignor, a Richmond, Virginia based enthusiast, purchased the car from Mr. Fahey’s widow, and the 190SL has since resided in his air conditioned and climate controlled garage, and been looked after by Bruce Woodson of Woodson and Mercer, Inc.
It is evident upon close inspection that the restoration was done to a very high standard. The elegant dark green paintwork, as well as the brightwork, shows extremely well, and a thoroughly detailed engine compartment awaits once you open the hood. All rubber gaskets and seals appear to have been replaced, and overall fit and finish throughout is highly impressive. The neatly trimmed beige interior is inviting, with tight seat cushions and bolsters, and is neatly complimented by the classic VDO instruments and ivory colored steering wheel and gearshift knob. Complete with the original, matching numbers engine, tan soft top, books and copies of the factory build sheets, this beautiful 190SL is a charming and attractive example, ready for its next caretaker.