Lot 330 - 1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5 16V Cosworth
|Odometer reading||145,200 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
Supposedly, Mercedes-Benz spent over £600M researching and developing the 190 and subsequently deemed 'over-engineered'. Mercedes-Benz approached British engineering company Cosworth to develop a competitive engine for the rally car. However, cars racing in the championship had to be based on a road-going model, a minimum number of which had been sold to the public, so the 190 was fitted with a detuned version of the Cosworth engine. This high-performance model was known as the 190E 2.3-16, and debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1983. In road-going trim, the 2.3 Ltr. 16-valve engine produced 185bhp with acceleration from 0-62 mph in less than eight seconds and a top speed of 143mph. The engine is considered to be remarkably flexible with a very flat torque curve and a wide power band. The Getrag five-speed manual gearbox was unique to the 16-valve and featured a 'racing' gear pattern with a 'dog-leg' first gear. An oil cooler was fitted to ensure sufficient oil cooling for the inevitable track use for which many of these cars were destined.
The strictly four-seater interior had Recaro sports seats with strong side bolsters for front and rear passengers. Three extra dials, an oil temperature gauge, stopwatch and voltmeter were included in the centre console. The 190E 2.3-16 was only available in two colours, Blue-Black metallic or Smoke Silver. The suspension on 16-valve models is very different from the standard 190, as well as being lower and stiffer - it has quicker dampers, larger anti-roll bars, harder bushes, a limited slip differential and hydraulic self-levelling suspension on the rear. This allows the rear ride height to remain constant even when the car is fully loaded.
This stunning example represents one of the later series 2.5-16V Cosworth cars and is fitted with the most desirable option of full Recaro leather interior. Complete with a comprehensive service history alongside a detailed restoration program and a full one year MoT test certificate, good examples of these epic cars now regularly make up the cornerstone of modern classic collections.