eMercedesBenz Feature:В The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL | eMercedesBenz – The Unofficial Mercedes-Benz Weblog

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In time for the summer of 1955, of the four-cylinder-engined 190 SL sports car was begun at the plant. Designed as a sporty, two-seater for touring, the car, designated W 121, rapidly great popularity, also and among the ladies. Initially, a roadster with soft-top was (price in 1955: DM 16,500).

It was in the fall by a coupe with hardtop, available with or a soft-top (prices in September DM 17,650 / DM 17,100). By the time was discontinued in February 1963, units had been built, and of these had been shipped to the The 190 SL initiated the post-war tradition of roadsters from Mercedes-Benz – a which is continued most today by the second-generation SLK roadster.

At the Motor Sports Show in New (February 6 – 14, 1954), the new 300 SL super car (W 198) was the star on the Mercedes-Benz But it did not overshadow the 190 SL roadster, presented at the time and often referred to as the “little brother”. The 190 SL equally a highly positive response, the decision in favor of large-scale

The 190 SL and the 300 SL were designed on the initiative of the Mercedes importer Maximilian E. Hoffman who made out excellent prospects for the two models in the US market – and he was right: both series very well indeed. The 190 SL was on the basis of the three-box bodied from the W 120 series and designed as a right from the start. the Gullwing, it was not meant to be a thoroughbred car but a sporty, elegant two-seater for and everyday use.

The bodywork of the 190 SL was designed by Karl and Walter Häcker who modeled it on that of the 300 SL. The car displayed in New York in 1954 was a prototype, neither in its styling nor fully tested in of its engineering. The 190 SL was carefully revised in respects, and the final version was by Mercedes-Benz at the Geneva Motor in March 1955.

It differed from the prototype: the stylized air on the engine hood had been the front edge of the engine had been relocated toward the “eyebrows” now also featured on the wheel cut-outs, and the bumpers, and rear-light units had been The pre-production series was built at the plant from January and production of the main series in May.

The trade press praised the handling characteristics of the 190 SL. These ensured, among other by the single-joint swing axle a low pivot point adopted the 220a.

The front axle complete with subframe had adopted from the 180 with the 190 SL also shared the floor though in shortened form.

The 1.9 gasoline engine had been developed. The four-cylinder powerplant an overhead camshaft and is regarded as the of an entire family of engines. In the 190 SL, it 105 hp (77 kW) at 5700/min and accelerated the roadster standstill to 100 km/h in 14.5 The roadster’s top speed was 170 km/h – a respectable speed on the roads of the and 60s.

At 8.6 liters per 100 km/h, consumption was fairly moderate, and the 65 tank provided the car with an range.

Throughout its production period, the 190 SL was in numerous detail features. the more conspicuous modifications the broad chrome trim at the upper door edges 1956) and larger rear-light (June 1956, also on models 220a, 219 and 220 S). In July the rear number plate was relocated to the bumper horns to the attachment of the broad number introduced at the time.

The rear horns were incorporated in the specifications while those at the were available at extra They had been standard all on the US versions right from the From October 1959, a new with a larger rear on the coupes provided a clearly view toward the rear.

In 1960, the trunk lock was and the previously used bow was replaced by a handle. In 1963, the last 190 SL off the assembly line, bringing the production volume to 25,881

The first brochures included of a sports version of the 190 SL, with made of light alloy and a racing-car windshield made of The omission of soft-top, bumpers, exchanger and insulating material the car’s weight to some kilograms, roughly ten percent than the production roadster’s.

In terms, the lightweight 190 SL differed slightly from the production the modifications extending to little than a bit of fine-tuning of the engine, of the bodywork and fitting of sports absorbers and modified springs. are no records of the number of units and few sports versions were to customers.

The sports version of the 190 SL its greatest successes in 1956, in the Prix for sports cars in entered by the Daimler-Benz importer in Kong. The right-hand-drive roadster won the ahead of a Ferrari Mondial and Jaguars and Austin-Healeys. In the same the Moroccan general distributor of won the GT class (up to two liters displacement) in the Prix of Casablanca.

Due to racing regulations, however, the of a 190 SL for motor sport was not pursued any the car, modified as described would have been to the cate-gory of production sports in many competitions and would have been without a What’s more, a decision by the FIA (FГ©dГ©ration Internationale de l’Automobile) authority prevented the car from allocated to the GT category, the decision a Gran Turismo to be completely – a condition the converted 190 SL was unable to

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