For many, the SL-Class has long been considered a jewel within the Mercedes-Benz crown, epitomising all that’s great about the brand; its elegant appearance and technical prowess. Yet, it’s not often a car also becomes an icon of its era, as has the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL.
Sixty years on from its debut at the 25th International Motor Show in Geneva, the Mercedes-Benz Club will be celebrating the anniversary of its launch at Mercedes-Benz World, Surrey, on Sunday 24 May. Enthusiasts and fans from around the globe will help make up a spectacular display.
Under the bonnet of the 190 SL was the (at the time) newly developed M 121, a 105 hp 1.9-litre four-cylinder engine with an overhead camshaft. The heart of the 190 SL has also been carried through to the SL-Class of today as the SL 500 pays homage with a pioneering V8 engine, which powers from 0-60mph in just 4.6 seconds.
Inheriting the trademark polished design of the 190 SL, the current range offers a selection of driving modes including Sport and Comfort, while a high-tech retractable roof transforms the sports coupé into a roadster, instantly.
Among the handling circuit, technical presentations and ‘people’s favourite’ competition of the anniversary event, the Mercedes-Benz Brooklands dealership is based in the centre of the site, offering a glimpse of the current SL-Class models, both new and Approved Used.
So, if you’re planning to take a look at the historic and iconic 190 SL this weekend, pop into Mercedes-Benz Brooklands for a peak at its successors, too.