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1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Ads

The Mercedes-Benz 190SL is a two-door grand touring convertible with an optional removable hardtop that was produced by Mercedes-Benz between May 1955 and February 1963. A prototype was first shown at the 1954 New York Auto Show. The 190SL did not use the 300SL's purpose-built tubular space frame W198 platform, but was built on a shortened and monocoque R121 platform that was modified from the W121 small sedan.

The 190SL was powered by a slightly oversquare 1.9 L straight-four SOHC engine (Type M121 BII), that developed 120 hp. The four-cylinder engine block of the 190SL was based on the six-cylinder engine of the 300 SL. The 85 mm bore was unchanged from the larger engine, but the stroke for the 190 SL was reduced from 88.0 mm to 83.6 mm. The engine earned an early reputation for not running smoothly due mostly to the difficulty in properly synchronizing the twin-choke dual Solex carburetors.

The car was available either as a soft-top convertible or with removable hardtop. Optional was a third-passenger transverse seat that could fit an adult.

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1958 Mercedes 190SL Ad "Excellence on the road and rally"