• Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Mercedes-Benz 190SL is a sports car manufactured by Mercedes Benz, and its parent company Daimler-Benz AG. It was produced from 1955 to 1963. A prototype was first shown at the Auto Show New York 1954. 25,881 units were built and was succeeded by the Mercedes-Benz 230SL Class grand tourer.

The 190SL was sold alongside the faster, more expensive Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, which closely resembled in its design and engineering, however, does not use the 190SL 300SL platform but is based on the platform of Class S. To distinguish it from the 190 pontoon, which had the W 121 code, you will be added II B (= Series II), this was added to the correct internal designation W 121 II is B. After the subsequent identification of the SL models with code R (for Roadster, the 107 series), 190 SL es el occasionally referred to as R 121a. La coexistence of the different SL-series en la historia fue single Mercedes-Benz. Sólo from la del introducción Mercedes-Benz Clase de nuevo SLK Roadster hay of different models for you that el SL 190 es a veces considered un predecesor del SLK.

In September 1953, the U.S. importer Daimler-Benz, Maximilian Hoffman, gave ideas to improve the U.S. business He wished that two different models of sports cars will complement the hitherto conservative range of Mercedes-Benz. For the design of a true sports car was offered as the base coupe 300 SL, which in the U.S., winning the Carrera Panamericana had achieved the attention of Americans. Besides this also should have a sports tourism offer everyday practicality. Hoffman received the promise that the February 6, 1954 a study of these vehicles would be presented in New York in the "International Auto Show". Despite the short 5 months developing these vehicles, the press loved him. The development of the 300 SL had progressed much, so production began in August 1954. The 190 SL was revised in March 1955 in the Auto Show Geneva Motor show. Series production began two months later at the Sindelfingen plant, which occurred as the 300SL. The speed of 190km/h could be performed. In practice, the maximum speed was 170km/h.

Many elements of the style took the "big brother" 300 SL, including the front grille, bumpers, headlights and parts of the hood. The rear lights and suspension components were taken from the class S pontoon. The horns bumper U.S. were fitted as standard in Europe available at an additional cost. In addition to the visual demands, engineers also thought in functionality. They placed the front wings and Rear horizontal protecting the flanks of the car clean. This is an example of the car not only has a stylish exterior. The 190SL body is steel, while the hood, trunk lid, frame and door panel is aluminum.

The styles of the body are 2-door coupe or roadster (comes with removable hardtop). It is based on the Mercedes Benz S-Class is the engine of 1,897cc develops 105hp (77 kW, 104hp) (or 120 gross hp), a reputation not run smoothly mainly because of the difficulty won properly synchronize dual carburetors two Solex bottlenecks. The engine block four-cylinder 190SL was based on the six-cylinder engine of the SL 300. Transmission is 4 speed manual. The wheelbase is 2400 mm, length of 4219 mm, the width is 1664mm; the height is 1422.4 mm and the weight is 1,158kg. The fuel tank capacity is 17 gallons or 64 liters.

Many components were based on the first generation mercedes-benz s class. The OHC engine 1897cc displacement four-cylinder, 105hp and a compression ratio of 1: 8.8 was a novelty. This engine was later incorporated into the Mercedes 190.