Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Original Price: $93,675
Average Auction Sale: $25,702
Mercedes-Benz SL Class
2005 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
Original Price: $90,620
Average Auction Sale: $25,903
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Original Price: $89,220
Average Auction Sale: $22,792
Mercedes-Benz SL Class
2003 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
Original Price: $97,000
Average Auction Sale: $20,123

Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
2002 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Original Price: $82,600 - $129,000
Average Auction Sale: $20,520
Mercedes-Benz SL600
2001 Mercedes-Benz SL600
Original Price: $129,000
Average Auction Sale: $10,023
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
2000 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Original Price: $83,000 - $129,000
Average Auction Sale: $15,336
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Produced: 7,999
Original Price: $79,600 - $123,200
Average Auction Sale: $13,959
Mercedes-Benz SL 500
1995 Mercedes-Benz SL 500
Original Price: $89,950
Average Auction Sale: $10,923
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1992 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Original Price: $3,855
Average Auction Sale: $10,332
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1991 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Average Auction Sale: $8,880
The classic Type 107 Mercedes-Benz bodyshell was retired in 1989. It had served a long and prosperous life, lasting almost two decades and captured the hearts of enthusiast from around the globe. The new Type 129 body style was equally appealing and sleek in a modern idiom. The Type 129 body style was used for three different engine types: 6.0-liter V12, 5.0-liter V8 and 3.0-liter straight six. The 300SL was given a fuel-injected six that was available in both 12- and 24-valve versions, the latter being 41 horsepower more powerful at 231 BHP, the only available option in the United States, and offering improved performance with zero-to-sixty mph taking just 8.4 seconds. Top speed was in the neighborhood of 150 mph. The vehicles were so impressive that event the late Princess Diana replaced her XJS with a 500SL in 1992. This was the first time a member of the British royal family acquired a car not built in their own Kingdom.

The new SL luxury sports cars were designed to be leaders in their class and were lavishly equipped in the finest Mercedes-Benz tradition.

The Mercedes-Benz R129 model was the first convertible/roadster to offer the automatic roll-bar deployment in the event of rollover. The roll-bar could also be manually raised and lowered.

The 600SL was introduced in 1993 and was re-badged the SL600 in 1994. The SL320 replaced the 300 SL in the United States in 1995.

In 1994, the SL-Class was given a minor facelift including white turn signal indicators in the front, and changes to the tail lamps.

In 1996, the SL roadsters were given side airbags as standard equipment. The following year, a new optional top became available. Buyers had the choice of purchasing the SL-Class with the standard aluminum hardtop, a folding top, or the optional Panorama glass hardtop. Pricing for the SL 320 began at $79,500 while the SL 500 was priced at $89,900. The SL 600 sold for $123,200 and just 738 examples were built.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2016

Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Mercedes-Benz 230 SL
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL
Original Price: $6,190 - $6,590
Average Auction Sale: $52,797
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Mercedes-Benz 230 SL
1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL
Original Price: $7,500 - $7,900
Average Auction Sale: $48,915
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Mercedes-Benz 230SL
1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL
Original Price: $7,500 - $8,000
Average Auction Sale: $45,864
Chassis Profiles

Total Production: 19,831
In 1963 the Mercedes-Benz 230 SL, internally dubbed 'W 113', was displayed to the public as a replacement for the 190 SL and the legendary 300 SL. Both had been extremely popular automobiles. The 230, 250, and 280 SL comprised the third generation of the Super Leicht, meaning Super Light. The 230 SL was able to continue the proud tradition established by its predecessor by doubling the sales rate when compared with the 190 SL models best year.

The 230 was a revolutionary design for the Mercedes SL model line, dressed in elegantly squared surfaces and proportions and offered as a GT two-seater roadster or coupe. It was a drastic restyle when compared to it predecessors. The 230, 250, and 280 SL were powered by a inline-six cylinder engine and outfitted with front disc brakes and a single pivot independent rear suspension. The 230 SL was capable of 125 mph and was available with either an automatic or 4-speed manual transmission. It was the first time an SL had been offered with an automatic transmission. A third version was introduced in May of 1966 with a 5-speed gearbox.

It was not only a fast car but a safe car with its use of deformation zones located in the front and the rear. The roadster version even had a collapsible hood. Production continued until 1967. During its final year of production there were 135 examples produced. Entire production was nearly 19,400.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2007

Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
1963 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
Original Price: $5,210 - $5,440
Average Auction Sale: $102,427
Chassis Profiles
Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
1962 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
Original Price: $5,030 - $5,245
Average Auction Sale: $106,975
Chassis Profiles
Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
Original Price: $5,030 - $5,245
Average Auction Sale: $89,181
Chassis Profiles
Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
1960 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
Original Price: $5,030 - $5,240
Average Auction Sale: $106,424
Chassis Profiles
Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
Original Price: $5,015 - $5,230
Average Auction Sale: $109,737
Chassis Profiles
Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
1958 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
Original Price: $5,025 - $5,230
Average Auction Sale: $97,042
Chassis Profiles
Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
1957 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
Original Price: $3,999 - $4,290
Average Auction Sale: $96,378
Chassis Profiles
Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
1956 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
Original Price: $4,000 - $4,300
Average Auction Sale: $96,434
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Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
Original Price: $3,998
Average Auction Sale: $113,745
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Total Production: 25,881

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190SL History

Max Hoffman was responsible for the sporty two-seat Mercedes-Benz 190SL sports car. The S represented 'Sports' while the L meant Light, or 'Sehr Leicht'. With a curb weight of 2560 pounds, it was hardly 'light' when compared with other vehicles in it class, some 500 through 1000 pounds less. It was however an excellent alternative to the higher-priced Mercedes-Benz 300SL. The gullwing-door 300SL was available only as a coupe while the 190 SL could be purchased as a Roadster with a soft top convertible or with a removable hardtop roof.

In 1954, Mercedes introduced its two-door 190SL at the New York Auto Show. Fifteen months later the production version was displayed at the 1955 Geneva Auto Show. Gone was the air-scoop that had been on the hood, along with other aesthetic aspects.

The 300SL was initially priced at $7,460 while the 190SL was $3998. As a result the 190SL outsold the 300SL by nearly eight to one. In its best year 4,032 190SL's were produced. In its worst year only 104 examples were produced.

Under the hood was an 1897 cc four-cylinder OHC engine that was capable of producing around 105 horsepower. It took 14.5 seconds to go from zero to sixty and had a top speed of nearly 110 mph. Drum brakes were placed on all four corners of the 14 foot, one inch vehicle. Servo brakes were optional until 1956 at which point they became standard.

The engine capacity was taken into account when naming the vehicle. By moving the decimal place once to the left, it created 189.7. The number was then rounded up to 190. So the 190 represents the approximate engine capacity in liters, meaning about 1.9 liters.

The 190SL production run lasted from 1955 through 1963. Most of the body-styles were open roadsters the rest were coupes. In comparison to many other nameplates, this is a very low number, guarantying its exclusivity and rarity in today's standards. It was a beautiful sibling to the prestigious and awe-inspiring gullwing door 300SL.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2006
Mercedes-Benz Models


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