History of Mercedes Benz The 190SL

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The 190SL Mercedes (1955 1963)

Without Max Hoffman, New York based importer of the history of Mercedes would probably never shown a Mercedes. But when Hoffman into an agreement to sell the in the United States, he asked the management to have in addition a car with a smaller engine and a price tag. The prototype of the Mercedes was shown alongside the 300 SL at the New York Auto Show in 1954. As the response was very it was decided to go ahead and prepare the new car for production. Max Hoffman was right, the SL would find a sufficiently customer base.

More than a year its first introduction, the 190SL was finally presented in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Its price in Germany was 16,500.- DM Its starting price in the U.S. was less than $4000.-, it more expensive than the XK140. In memory of the Silver racing cars the 190SL was in its year only available in metallic.

Its engine was a fairly four-cylinder 1.9 l (116 cu in) inline which was originally developed in its concept for the 180 and 190 ponton sedan. It had a overhead camshaft with two 44PHH governor downdraft and developed 105 hp at a relatively high rpm. The 190SL Mercedes accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h or in 14.4 seconds and gave a top speed of 172 km/h or 108 mph.

Petrol consumption was fairly with an average of close to 9 for 100 km, which equaled some 26 Also the 65-liter or 17 gallons proved to be quite adequate. never officially advertised, the car be ordered with four gear ratios: 3.70:1, 3.90:1 and 4.10:1. The 3.90:1 was the common one, as it offered the balance between acceleration and top

The car has always been compared the more powerful 300SL, but never really was a need for It did not have the muscles of this thoroughbred, but its quality and sophistication was the For some its road holding was even better. There was agreement at the time that the car do with a more powerful to match the S for sport in the name of the SL, but in Stuttgart had been limited to this project. A larger had to wait for a successor model.

Throughout its career the 190SL had seen minor upgrades, in form of broader chrome at the upper door part in 1956 or in form of enlarged lights in June. Those were now shared with the 220 sedans. The previously optional at the right side of the dashboard now standard equipment and an ATE Hydrovac booster was added. In 1959 the window of the hardtop was redesigned, it now similar to the one of the 300SL roadster.

But if it would have been for the 300SL, the exercise to build a SL have been a single Sales of the 300SL had been slow and it’s a safe that Daimler-Benz had lost on every car produced. The 190SL sold 25,881 units in its and it was already decided in 1958 to a new SL. The lesser SL was at the end the more convincing

Bernd S. Koehling.

The author up in the 1950s and 1960s in Northern Vintage cars are his lifelong It started with visits to the with his father, when he was a He also grew up with cars in his family and an uncle, who had a collection of prewar cars, him at the end of the 1960s to vintage cars. the mid 1970s he started collecting cars himself.

His second is writing. He is the author of books and about vintage Mercedes-Benz


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