The effects of the Second World War were widespread. Pretty much everybody in the entire globe was affected by the war in some shape or form. This included major companies such as Mercedes Benz. While Mercedes Benz is regarded nowadays as one of the premier automotive brands in the world, that wasn't always the case because as said above, the company was also ravaged by the Second World War. Mercedes Benz tried to get back on its feet after the war via the release of the sporty two-door grand touring convertible that is the Mercedes Benz 190SL in 1955.
The Mercedes Benz 190SL came either as a removable hardtop convertible or as a soft-top convertible. Since the 190SL was one of the brand's post-war offerings (along with the Mercedes Benz 300SL, another sports car), its release was critical to Mercedes Benz. Fortunately, the 190SL sold well enough during its nearly ten-year run. That isn't surprising though since the 190SL looked remarkable. Many automotive consumers were attracted to the 190SL because of its distinctly European and sleek sports car design. The 190SL's every curve and corner oozed with style, which sports car enthusiasts found too hard to pass up.
The list of 190SL parts included a 1.9-L straight-four SOHC engine, which was based on the engine of the Mercedes Benz 300SL. This engine was capable of generating a maximum of 120hp. While that number may be impressive on its own, it doesn't fare well when put side by side with Porsches or Ferraris. The Mercedes Benz 190SL can't run quite as fast as the other sports cars in its price range (including the 300SL), which was of coursed considered a downside by some critics. Nonetheless, the 190SL became a basis for the development of the brand's future sports cars and helped Mercedes Benz survive the post-war era.
FAQs—Mercedes Benz 190SL
It's really difficult for me to drive my Mercedes Benz 190SL at night because of low beam headlights. I know that this is a huge safety hazard. How should I fix it?
Your Mercedes Benz 190SL should have a diagram that shows what each fuse covers. If you do not have this kind of diagram because it's missing or unlabeled, then you have to check your owner's manual. A broken fuse is usually the reason for having low beam headlights, so you have to check if your fuses have been melted due to excessive current that run through them. If all of the fuses are working properly and in good condition, then you have to find out where the problem is really located.
Try swapping the left and right bulb with a new one so you can check if the problem is due to dead bulbs. If the new bulb works better than the old one, then replace both of the old bulbs right away. But then if the bulbs are not the reason for this problem, you may opt to use a voltmeter to check your voltage. You can do this by turning on the ignition, and then turn the headlight switch. No voltage reading only means that either your wiring or switch that is connected to the headlights has a problem. Try replacing the headlight switch first, and if it doesn't solve the problem, then try replacing your wirings.
Is the Mercedes Benz prone to rust? What areas are really prone to rust?
Rust is one of the biggest enemies of any vehicle, including your Mercedes Benz 190SL. You cannot totally prevent rust to appear on your car, but you can at least lessen the possibility of spreading the rust to a larger portion. There are parts where rust can appear but won't easily be noticed, and these include the trunk floors, spare tire wells, floors, jack points, bumper mounting area, rear frame sections, and the underside of the frame sections. Aside from those parts, there are also areas of your Mercedes Benz that need regular rust inspection, given the fact that they are more visible to the eyes. Those areas include the headlight buckets, eyebrow areas, the area behind the front wheel, the rocker panel, the front of rear quarter panel, the inner fenders, the trunk seal lip, the panel that attaches the trunk floor to the rear fenders, and the inside of the soft op storage compartment.
What will happen if the carburetor of my Mercedes Benz is faulty?
One of the common dilemmas of a faulty carburetor is the difficulty in starting the engine. If your carburetor is worn out, your engine might experience lots of problems. Your engine might hunt at idle or high speed driving or might have a difficulty in acceleration after a stop. You must also watch out for leaks, excessive idle speed, and fuel starvation during high speed. You should also check the power, choke, secondary linkage, acceleration, idle, gaskets, and fuel inlet filters if you experience surging and stalling.