The 190SL presented an attractive, more affordable alternative to the exclusive Mercedes-Benz 300SL, sharing its basic styling, engineering, detailing, and fully independent suspension.

Powered by a 1.9 litre engine, 4-cylinder M121 unit that pushed a modest 105bhp of maximum power. The luxury vehicle became the choicest vehicle to be used in numerous movies at the time. It has became an economic success for the company establishing it as powerful name among the high-and-mighty in the 50s.

A huge number of 25,881 units were manufactured between 1955 and 1963. America was the biggest market with a consumption of nearly 40 percent 190 SL models.

Both the 190SL and the 300SL were replaced by theMercedes-Benz 230SLin 1963.