1989 Mercedes-Benz 190 E

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1989
  • Mileage 
    88 000 mi / 141 623 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    169
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Automatic

Description

"In 1983, Mercedes-Benz introduced the Cosworth 2.3 16V into their range and the new 16 valve cars were substantially different from the other 190 models. The body kit reduced the drag coefficient and the steering wheel was smaller than that on other 190s, whilst the fuel tank was enlarged to 70 litres. The Getrag five-speed, manual gearbox was unique to the 16 valve and featured a 'dog-leg' first gear. An enlarged 2.5 litre engine replaced the 2.3 in 1988 and offered double-row timing chains to fix the unreliable single chains on the early 2.3s. The power output was up by 17bhp with a slight increase in torque. It is debated whether the 2.5 engine was developed and built by Mercedes-Benz or by Cosworth! Interestingly, they were not keen to broadcast the fact that their most sporting saloon car had an engine developed by a British company. The suspension on the 16 valve models is very different from the standard 190 and as well as being lower and stiffer, it has larger anti-roll bars, harder bushes and hydraulic self-levelling suspension on the rear allowing the rear ride-height to remain constant even when the car is fully loaded.
This lovely example is presented in Smoke Silver with black half Houndstooth cloth interior. It comes with electric windows, electric seats, cruise control and air conditioning. This desirable Mercedes-Benz has been in storage for about nine years and was recommissioned in 2018 by the present owner who installed new injectors, rotor arm and distributor. These models were great to drive quickly, providing lively performance with subtle brutish looks and the addition of that usual German quality of engineering."