1957 Mercedes 190SL Convertible As New Frame Off Resto

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4-cyl. 1897cc/120hp 2x2bbl Solex

Frame Off Restoration As-New

1957 Mercedes 190SL s# A121042 and chassis # 7500364






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Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
MB 190 SL am 2006-07-16 (ret kl).JPG
25,881 built[1]
AssemblyWest Germany: Stuttgart Untertürkheim
Body and chassis
ClassSports car / Grand tourer
Body styleroadster
LayoutFR layout
PlatformMercedes-Benz W121
RelatedMercedes-Benz W198 (300 SL)
Mercedes-Benz W120/121
Engine1,897 cc M121 SOHC I4
Transmission4-speed manual, fully synchronized
Wheelbase2,400 mm (94.5 in)
Length4,390 mm (172.8 in)
Width1,740 mm (68.5 in)
Height1,320 mm (52.0 in)
Curb weight2,552 lb (1,158 kg)
SuccessorMercedes-Benz W113 (230SL)
See Mercedes-Benz SL-Class for a complete overview of all SL-Class models.

The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL (W121) is a two-door luxury roadster produced by Mercedes-Benz between May 1955 and February 1963. Internally referred to as W121 (BII or B2), it was first shown in prototype at the 1954 New York Auto Show, and was available with an optional removable hardtop.

The 190 SL presented an attractive, more affordable alternative to the exclusive Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, sharing its basic styling, engineering, detailing, and fully independent suspension. Both cars had double wishbones in front and swing axles at the rear. Instead of the 300 SL’s expensive purpose-built W198 tubular spaceframe, the 190 SL’s R121 structure used a shortened unitary floorpan modified from the W121 base saloon.[2]

The 190 SL was powered by a new, slightly oversquare 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) Type M121 BII 1.9 L straight-four SOHC engine. Based on the 300 SL’s straight six,[3] it had an unchanged 85 mm bore and 4.3 mm reduced 83.6 mm stroke, was fitted with twin-choke dual Solex carburetors, and produced gross 120 hp (89 kW; 122 PS).[3] In detuned form, it was later used in the W120 180 and W121 190 models.

The car was available either as a soft-top convertible (initially priced at DM 16,500/US$3,998[4]) or with removable hardtop (DM 17,650/$4,295). A small third-passenger transverse seat was optional. During its first years the 190 SL was available as a sports-racing model with small perspex windscreen and spartan one-piece leather covered bucket seats and aluminium doors. In 1959, the hardtop’s rear window was enlarged.

Technical data Mercedes-Benz 190 SL[1] (Manufacturer’s figures except where stated)
Mercedes-Benz190 SL
Produced: 1955–1963
Engine: 4-cylinder-inline engine (four-stroke), front-mounted
Bore x Stroke: 85 mm x 83.6 mm
Displacement: 1897 cc
Max. Power @ rpm: 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) @ 5700
Max. Torque @ rpm: 142 N⋅m (105 lb⋅ft) @ 3200
Compression Ratio: 8.5: 1, from 09/59 8.8:1
Fuel feed: twin two barrel sidedraft carburetors – Solex 44PHH
Fuel tank capacity: 65 L (17.2 US gal; 14.3 imp gal)
Valvetrain: SOHC, duplex chain
Cooling: Water
Gearbox: 4-speed manual, lever between seats
rear-wheel drive, standard axle ratio 3.90:1
Electrical system: 12-volt[citation needed]
Front suspension: Double wishbones, coil springs, stabilizing bar
Rear suspension:: Swing axle, coil springs
Brakes: Drum brakes (Ø 230 mm), power assisted
Steering: Recirculating ball steering
Body structure: Sheet steel, uni-body construction
Dry weight: 1,160 kg (2,560 lb) (Hardtop: + 20 kg (44 lb))
Loaded weight: 1,400 kg (3,100 lb), from 1961 1,440 kg (3,170 lb)
Track front/
1,430 mm (56.3 in) 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Wheelbase: 2,400 mm (94.5 in)
Length: 4,290 mm (168.9 in)
Width: 1,740 mm (68.5 in)
Height: 1,320 mm (52.0 in)
Tyre/Tire sizes: 6.40–13 Sport
Top speed: 173 km/h (107 mph)
Fuel Consumption (estimate): 12.5 litres per 100 kilometres (22.6 mpg‑imp; 18.8 mpg‑US)

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