History Mercedes Benz: 190SL 190SL Mercedes (1955-1963)Without Max Hoffman, the famous New York-based importer of cars, the Mercedes story would probably never have shown a 190-liter Mercedes. But when Hoffman entered into an agreement to sell 300SL in the US, he asked the Daimler-Benz line to have a similar car with a smaller engine and a lower price tag. The 190SL Mercedes prototype was shown alongside 300 SL Gullwing at the New York Auto Show in February 1954. Since the response was very positive, it was decided to continue and prepare the new car for serial production. Max Hoffman was right, the less SL would find a sufficiently large customer base.More than a year after its first introduction, 190SL-Mercedes was finally presented in March 1955 at the Geneva Motor Show. The basic price in Germany was DM 16 500 (USD 4,125). The starting price in the US was just under $ 4000. It makes it more expensive than the Jaguar XK140. In memory of Silver Arrow's racing cars, 190SL was only available in silver metal in its first year.The engine was a fairly advanced four-cylinder 1.9 l (116 cu in) inline version, which was originally developed in its basic concept of 180 and 190 pontoon sedan. It had a chain-driven main shaft with two dowels force of the Solex 44PHH regulator and developed 105 hp at a relatively high 700 rpm. The 190SL Mercedes could accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h or 60mph in 14.4 seconds and gave a respectable top speed of 172 km / h or 108 mph.Gasoline consumption was quite moderate with an average of nearly 9 liters for 100 km, which was about 26 mpg. Even the 65 liter or 17 gallon tank proved to be quite adequate. Although never officially advertised, the car can be ordered with.