Feature Listing: 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

I write a lot about Mercedes-Benz and their monetary values. The overwhelming majority of the time their values are depreciating or, at best, holding steady. Every once in a blue moon I come across a car which is actually appreciating in value. Today’s featured car is not only appreciating, but is one of the hottest models in the substantial Mercedes-Benz catalog you can buy at the moment. That car is the 190SL. Produced from 1955 to 1963, the 190SL was the baby bother of the now seven-figure 300SL. Although similarly styled, the 190SL was much different mechanically than the 300SL with a carbureted four-cylinder and built on a shorted saloon chassis as opposed to a tubular space-frame like the 300SL. Because of this, 190SL values stayed relatively flat and didn’t have great demand outside of a few particularly outstanding examples. However, now that the 300SL have reached a point where they are so valuable that even putting miles on them is frowned upon by collectors, the baby brother 190SL isn’t so “baby” anymore in terms of value and collectibility. Today’s 190SL for sale in Ohio is right in that sweet spot for a classic car that can be enjoyed.

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1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

On Monday, I looked at a W124 cabriolet – a model I believe won’t witness a huge spike in value over the short term. While I do think the values will hold strong where they are and, at the very least, keep up with inflation, if you are hoping to make tens of thousands of dollars in a quick flip, there are probably better options.  Today’s car, the Mercedes-Benz 190SL, is one of those options.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL on eBay

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1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL – REVISIT

The 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL we featured last month is back up for auction. Long forgotten amidst other, more popular SL models, this roadster has finally started to see an uptick in values, with good ones reaching into solid six figure territory. Will this one meet its reserve this time around?

The below post originally appeared on our site February 20, 2014:


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1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL – REVISIT

The 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL we featured last month failed to meet its reserve with a final bid of $40,600. Bidding is a little higher this time around. Will it be enough to snag this classic roadster?

1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site March 20, 2013:

The Mercedes-Benz 190SL had the unfortunate fate to be sold alongside the 300SL Gullwing and roadster for its entire production span. While it may look like its bigger siblings, the similarities are skin deep. The 190SL rides on a shortened version of the chassis used for the W121 sedan, or Ponton, as it is more commonly known. The car featured a 1.9 liter four cylinder engine with twin Solex carburetors. Producing 104 horsepower, it wasn’t destined to win many races off the line and the engine earned a reputation as a bit of a rough runner, as owners had trouble keeping the carbs tuned right.

With the introduction of the W113 (Pagoda) SL in 1963, the 190SL and its legacy faded, as most people preferred to collect the more rare 300SL or go for the newer, faster, six cylinder SLs. Today, the 190SL is gaining in popularity and value, like many vintage SLs. While it doesn’t wear the hue it emerged with from the factory in the fifties, this 190SL for sale in California looks rather cheerful in blue over red leather.

Year: 1957
Model: 190SL
Engine: 1.9 liter inline four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 110,391 miles
Price: Reserve auction

1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL on eBay

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1957 Mercedes Benz 190 SL Roadster!

Brand new paint job, that took over a year for just body and paint. Originally a white 190. The car was stripped to bare metal and completed. The paint is immaculate. A very “BEAUTIFUL.” The car was painted in a special order color available in 1957 called “DB356 HELLBLAU LIGHT BLUE” car amazing inside and out! The chrome work on the car has also been redone. Nothing in this car was overlooked. Interior all original except carpet was replaced with best Original Reproduction available, original fuel injection replaced with dual Weber carbs prior to my ownership. New tires. The engine and trunk bays freshly repainted as well. The car has original motor with 110,391 miles and it runs great. Not enough can be said about the beauty of this car and how it looks driving down the road. “AMAZING”…

Also with the car in the auction I have have some original parts that go with car. Air cleaner, intake manifold, as well as a few other bits. A $2,000.00 deposite is required within 24 hours after winning bid. I also reserve the right to end the auction at any time.

For collectors seeking 300SL looks but who may not be in a hurry, the 190SL fits the bill. Some early 190SLs were raced, but most were used as boulevard cruisers, functioning well as such. At the low end, expect to pay around $25,000 to $30,000 for a 190SL needing a lot of work. Perfect examples can be had for up around $75,000 to $80,000. With a little over two days left, the reserve on this car hasn’t been met. From the bidding, I’d suspect the seller is looking for somewhere around $45,000 to $55,000.

As an aside, the seller states that this car was originally equipped with fuel injection. What he probably meant to state is that the Solex carburetors were replaced by Webers, which tend to be more reliable.