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Racers rejoice! There’s a restomodded Mercedes-Benz 190E EVO II coming

We’ve seen countless restomodded Porsches, an abundance of Alfas given some modern touches, and now, it’s time for arguably one of Mercedes-Benz’s finest creations to be given a sprinkle of modernity. Welcome to the HWA EVO.

If you were to daydream of the perfect restomod, you’d often take a car that, in period, was already fantastic, and give it the necessary modernity for it to be useable and even more visceral. Cars like the BMW E30 M3, Audi Quattro, or perhaps, the Mercedes-Benz 190E EVO II? Now there’s an idea…

Well, it seems the perfect person for the job has beaten us all to it and is set to transform the automotive world once again. Hans Werner Aufrecht knows a thing or two about modifying Mercs, being one half of AMG, where he was the creator of some of the brand’s most exciting and timeless icons, captivating generations of enthusiasts and collectors. 

His company, called HWA, is something of a hidden champion within the automotive industry, having been the power behind some of today’s leading drivers, teams and manufacturers, but their new era is set to start soon, with a restomod based on the legendary 190E EVO II. 

Limited to just 100 examples, details on this DTM-dominating machine for the new era are pretty sparce, but it’s one everyone at Classic Driver cannot wait to see more of. Releasing the first taste of the design philosophy of the HWA EVO just hours ago, where the team are dead-set on revolutionising 1990s classics as street-legal supercars through the synthesis of nostalgia from the past and state-of-the-art advancements. Are you as excited as we are?