Always love that Mini SL, the 190SL. The R121 was presented as an attractive, more affordable alternative to the exclusive Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, sharing its basic styling, engineering, detailing, and fully independent suspension.

But instead of the 300 SL’s overly expensive and purpose-built W198 Gullwing tubular spaceframe the 190 SL rode on a shortened monocoque R121 platform modified from the W121 small saloon. Looking glorious and pretty.

For an engine they actually took the 300SL engine and cut off two cylinders. Well, maybe not exactly that but it definitely was based on that famous engine. With two twin-choke Solex carburetors it put out 120 hp, not making it a dragster but definitely capable.


Later, in de-tuned form, that M121 BII engine would end up in the 180 and 190 saloons. After 8 years of production the W113 230SL (or would that be R113?) came to replace the 190SL, after over 25k were built.


I don’t have a lot of vintage stuff but I do have some reproduction Dinky Toys (1/43 re-release) of which I showed some before. Like the BMW 1500 I showed during Shark week quite some time ago. And the 300 SE.


And that’s it for this week. Enjoy your work week!