miercuri, 20 aprilie 2016

Mercedes-Benz 190 SL 1959 - World Of Classic Cars -

Mercedes-Benz 190 SL 1959

The 190 SL was first displayed as a show car in New York in 1954. A production version followed and was launched at Geneva in 1955. At the time, it retailed for $3,998 with a soft-top or $4,295 with the optional removable hardtop. Ultimately, 25,881 Mercedes-Benz 190 SLs were produced. That works out to 270 cars every month, with 70 percent being delivered to the U.S., which was close to the goal that New York importer Max Hoffman had promised Daimler-Benz executives.
The remarkable example presented here, chassis number 015333, was first delivered to Dr Kurt Viebeg, of Laudenbach, Germany, in November 1959. The car was finished in Ivory (608/40) over a red leather (1079) interior, as it still is today, and it was fitted with the optional factory hardtop, which it also continues to sport. Dr Viebeg would care for the Mercedes-Benz until 1980, at which point it was acquired by its second owner, Gerhard Bauer. Mr Bauer was a very particular and careful collector, storing his newly acquired 190 SL in a dehumidified garage for the following 26 years!
Mercedes-Benz 190 SL 1959

The 190 SL was then acquired by the current owners in 2012, and the highly original roadster was promptly sent to a marque specialist in the UK upon the recommendation of the Mercedes-Benz Owners Club. With an eye for maintaining its originality, only the most crucial issues were carefully tended to in order to ensure that the car was road worthy. Such work included replacing the original cross-ply tyres and hardened water hoses, repairing the water pump, and otherwise giving the car a thorough service.