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1956 Mercedes BENZ 190 SL LHD
R 2 850 000

Your opportunity to own such
a desirable sport's car awaits...

Introduced to the motoring world in 1954 at the
New York Motor Show as a 2 Door Luxury Roadster,

the 190SL offered an attractive and alternative

option to the exclusive 300SL Roadster and the

desired Gullwing.

Production Numbers

Daimler-Benz Stuttgart

Production Ran From 1955 – 1963.

Mercedes-Benz produced the two-door 190 SL (W121) Luxury Roadster between May 1955 and February 1963.

It was originally displayed as a prototype at the 1954 New York Auto Show and was known internally as the W121.

A removable hardtop was an optional extra.

Total Number Produced 25 881.
This includes all models!

Previous Ownership

Partial History


Built in Stuttgart and delivered to Mercedes Benz New York in 1956.
Ownership from new is
unknown, however in 1972 the vehicle had its registration renewed by Mr Martin Kane from 7 Maple Avenue, New York, and still with its red DB534 and Cream Leather Interior 1060.

The Engine

Installed into the 190SL is a 1,9lt straight 4 SOHC Engine. M121 boasts 120Hp @ 89kw all produced by Dual Solex Carburetors and sent to the wheels via a 4 speed gearbox.

Current Owner

Purchase & Import into South Africa

The vehicle was purchased from Van Djik Mercedes Benz SL Specialist on the 2 June 2018, and imported to South Africa around the 11 October 2018 for restoration.


Complete Nut & Bolt Restoration

Disassembly took little under 2 weeks and every component was documented and set aside for restoration at a later stage. The car was sent off to be media blasted by professionals and family owned Fine Blast. Jhonnie Hunt and his son jumped into the project and within 2 weeks we had the 190SL back at the shop with all her secrets revealed.


The Assembly Process

The supplier offers a 12 month warranty on the Drive Train, it is important for them, to ensure that components and parts are of high quality and in perfect condition. Many man hours are spent sorting, cleaning and inspecting parts before they are sent out for refurbishment or discarded and replaced with OEM new or used. The supplier team of experts work hand in hand with International suppliers to assure that factory standards are kept to the highest quality and in some instances improved.

The Best Quality Materials

Attention to Detail


Using only the best leathers available, the
complete interior was imported into South


Available for Sale!

The 190SL utilized some of the features of the 300SL like its independent rear suspension but rather than being built on a light space frame, the 190 was built on a shortened sedan platform. In place of the fuel injected six-cylinder was a carbureted four-banger breathing through twin Solex carburetors. The car driving characteristics were more of a boulevardier than a sports car, though it did look quite sporting as it shared a number of styling cues with the 300SL. It also shared that car’s peerless built quality. For this reason, 190SL’s are nearly as difficult and expensive to restore as the more valuable 300SL. Values of late have made it less of a labor-of-love proposition to restore one, but still the best practice is to buy a done car as the costs of even the most minor upgrades and refurbishing can escalate quickly.

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