Coys Auction - Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars and Collectors' Items
National Exhibition Centre
B40 1NT UK
Saturday 10th January 2009
Back in the late 1970s, Mercedes competed in rallying with the big V8-powered Coupés of the R107 Series, mainly the lightweight Mercedes 450 SLC 5.0. Mercedes wished to take the 190E rallying, and asked British race car engineering company Cosworth to develop an engine with 320bhp for the rally car. This project was known as project "WAA” by Cosworth”. With a continued desire to compete in high-profi le motorsport with the 190, and also now an engine to do it with, Mercedes turned to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM) (German Touring Car Championship) motorsport series instead.
Cars racing in this championship, however, had to be based on a road going model. Mercedes therefore had to put into series production a 190 fitted with a detuned version of the Cos