This might be the sexiest Mercedes-Benz 190SL ever

Believed to be an original "Clubsport" lightweight, an exceedingly rare thing, this 190SL has a sort of grace and elegance that its larger sibling, the 300SL, is famous for. Don't expect fire-breathing performance; it has a standard 120 hp motor instead of a race-spec unit—easily rectified for a given quantity of cash.

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Believed to be an original "Clubsport" lightweight, an exceedingly rare thing, this 190SL has a sort of grace and elegance that its larger sibling, the 300SL, is famous for. Don't expect fire-breathing performance; it has a standard 120 hp motor instead of a race-spec unit—easily rectified for a given quantity of cash.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
Looks a bit like a 300SL roadster at first glance, right? Nope, it's a 190 SL Clubsport, a very rare lightweight model only sold for the first few years of production.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
That is, if you take the seller's word for it. Caveat emptor, and all that. And the saddest thing is, the race-spec motor has gone missing.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
At some point in the past, it was replaced by a stock OHC 2-liter 190 SL motor, a disappointing 120 hp lump only good for a roughly 14-second 0-60 run in a normal 190 SL.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
As a lightweight, this car is likely a bit quicker, even with the stock motor. But for a car expected to bring in up to $330k at auction, it deserves a stouter mill.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
It's also claimed that this particular car has competition history, although it's not substantiated. Buyers: do your homework on this one.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
Questions and disappointments aside, it's a lovely thing,
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
The interior is so clean, uncluttered, and lovely that it brings to mind the early Porsche 356.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
The gorgeous wood dash trim, the lovely gauge hood, and the not-quite-a-Brooklands competition screen are fantastic.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
That wheel simply begs for string-backed gloves and an open-face vintage race helmet.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
Slow? Probably, but with a view like this, it wouldn't matter much if the exhaust note was right.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
The switchgear is lovely and eccentric.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
And the radio blanking plate has a solidity and visual weight entirely appropriate to the car.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
Elegant and delicate-looking as it may look, the gearshift wants to be used.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
And the old-school drilled pedals are a neat touch.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
It'll cost a pretty penny to be able to pull open the door and slip into those completely unbolstered seats. It may just be worth it.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
As clean as it is, Bonhams claims this car has never been restored. That's hard to swallow if it had really been raced in period.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Clubsport Roadster
This one, ultimately, is a bit of a mystery, but that doesn't diminish its loveliness. Check out .
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