The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL was originally displayed as a show car in New York in 1954. For an entire year, car lovers ogled this beauty before Mercedes-Benz finally put the car into production in 1955. The cars sold for only $3,998 with a soft top, or, for $4,295, you could get an optional removable hardtop. The car was so popular that 25,881 SLs were produced—essentially 270 cars every month. Roughly 70 percent of those cars were delivered to the US.
Sothebys’ has an original 190SL for sale. The car left the factory in June of 1958 and came to Max Hoffman’s distribution center in New York. It was sold new to a dealer in California. Saverio Joseph Cina of Reseda, California, was the first recorded owner. No doubt he was entranced by the sharp looks of the 190SL, including the very rare two-tone interior—the upper dash was done in black, with the rest of the interior being done in red leather.
The car has traded hands a few times, but still only shows 21,690 miles. It comes with the original tools, jack, spare tire, tire iron, owner’s manual, parts books, service books, work log, and the original factory hardtop—amazingly still in its Mercedes-Benz shipping crate!
This is a car that still causes heads to turn and eyes to wander—a true showgirl if ever there was one.