Produced between May 1955 and February 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 190SL was initially referred to as the W121 and first saw the light of day at the 1954 New York Auto Show. While most could not get their hands on the coveted 300SL, the Mercedes-Benz 190SL presented a more affordable and available alternative. Sharing the same basic styling, engineering, detailing and fully independent suspension, the two cars really were family.
Take a look under the bonnet and yes, you’d notice some differences but the similarities are undeniable: the 190SL was powered by a new, oversquare Type M121 BII 1.9l straight-four SOHC engine that was heavily based on the 300SL’s straight-six.
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