Year : 1955

VIN : 1210426502387

Fully restored to SL 'R' specifications !


For amateur drivers who could not have access to the 300 SL, which was too expensive, Mercedes decided in 1955 to produce a version "customer competition" of the 190 SL. Wearing the letter "R" for "Rennsport ", lightened the car by removing the bumper, plus the 190 SLR featured aluminum doors without windows, a low plexiglass windshield, special lightweight seats and special wheels. The engine also benefited from an increased in power. But the project was short-lived: it seems that as the car was refused for the GT class, the 190 SLR was found only in the "Sport Series ", which reduced its chances of success.

Mercedes abandoned this project, having produced very few, but the numbers remained a mystery - at the most seven or eight examples, it seems. In any case, two cars continue their production careers in other places, namely in the hands of the Daimler-Benz's Hong Kong agency. Not without success, since one of the two won its category at the Macau Grand Prix in 1956 and the other won in 1959, the Rally of Hong Kong.

The car that we offer is a homage to the SLR 190 lightweight. It is based on a Mercedes early 190 SL from 1955 sold new in the US. The car was acquired by its current owner as a race inspired hardtop version of the 190SL.  He then decided to modify the car to match the original competition SLR.  

The engine features two Weber carburetors and a sports exhaust system, which gives it a very sporty sound.  The suspension was modified to provide the car with better handling. It is a Mercedes that has been greatly improved with truly breathtaking performance.

As seen on the pictures the car can be enjoyed as a convertible or a hard top version.

This car is ready to provide its new owner the pleasure of what could have been a real 190 SL competition version.

Feel free to contact us for more information or a testdrive :-)


Gilles Devos
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