1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
It was in 1955, at the 25th Geneva motor show, that the definitive version of the Mercedes 190 SL was first unveiled.
Its creation was down to Maximilian Edwin Hoffman (American Mercedes importer), who had shown great interest in a Roadster inspired by the 300 SL, but at a more affordable price point.
In the post-war boom years, a prestigious vehicle like the Mercedes 190 SL was exactly what was needed to carry around a generation of youngsters buoyed by their excellent economic prospects.
The Mercedes 190 SL was indeed the perfect accessory for the feeling of freedom provided by the Swinging Fifties, as confirmed by the presence of the vehicle in German films of the time such as “The Zillertal Twins” (1957) and “As Long as the Roses Are in Bloom” (1956); for the first time, a dream car was within the reach of a wide audience.
Almost 80% of all vehicles produced (25,881 between 1955 and 1963) were exported, half of these to the USA where roadsters have always been popular.
This specimen, a Mercedes 190 SL MY 1961, is available for viewing in our showroom.