3) Mercedes-Benz 190 SL: Year: 1955-1963
Mercedes-Benz took the styling from their 300 SL and created an even more attractive, new roadster in the 190 SL.
Several design and performance changes ensured that the 190 SL was much more than a shortened 300 SL. It dispensed with the tubular spaceframe design and used a shortened monocoque base structure. It also had fully independent suspension with double wishbones in the front.
The 190 SL got a 1.9 litre straight four engine with overhead cams. This engine was a derivate of the 300 SL’s power pack and produced 104 hp. The super luxurious two door 190 SL was offered as a soft-top and a removable hardtop variant.
This classic German sports car was particularly successful the US, where more than 40% of all 190 SLs were sold. 26,000 units were eventually manufactured. Production was discontinued in 1963 when another Mercedes-Benz model succeeded the 190 SL.