Only 500 examples produced
Very entertaining to drive
In 1988 Mercedes entered the DTM racing scene again and therefore had to build 500 homologation specials examples called the Evolution.
The car on offer was delivered new in Köln, Germany in May 1989. It had a few German owners before being sold to a British in Dursley, England in 1997. The mileage at the time was 118,606 km according to the English MOT report. It changed hands a few more times in the UK until it was sent to a body shop where it was dismantled and all the corroded parts were protected or replaced. Full paintwork followed this and five CDs are available depicting the work accomplished. In 2013, a mechanical servicing was carried out by the UKs leading W201 specialist which included a full rebuild of the front and rear suspension. A new timing chain, prop shaft and differential were also fitted at the same time using factory spare parts. The interior in black leather is believed to be fully original. The car is also fitted with a desirable sunroof. The odometer today shows 217,736 km. The car was partially restored and is in good mechanical condition and drives well, briskly and tightly. The high revving 4-cylinder engine with the dog-leg Getrag manual gearbox provides a special and unusual driving experience. With only 500 units produced this semi-race car is highly collectible today.