Lot 289 - 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II
|Odometer reading||14,002 km|
|Estimate||£180,000 - £220,000|
With the debut of the BMW M3 Sport Evolution, Mercedes-Benz' direct competitor, it became obvious that the 2.5-16 needed a boost for the circuit. In March 1989, the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution debuted at the Geneva Auto Show. The Evo I, as it came to be called, had a new spoiler and wider wheel arches. Many changes were made to under-the-skin components such as brakes and suspension. There was a full SLS suspension allowing vehicle ride height to be adjusted from an interior switch. Only 502 units of the Evolution model were produced for homologation in compliance with DTM rules. For those customers desiring even more performance, a Powerpack option, engineered by AMG, was available for DM18,000 with a net result of an additional 30bhp. In March 1990, at the Geneva Auto Show, the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II was shown. With the success of the first Evolution model, this model's 502-unit production was already sold before it was unveiled. The 'Evo II' included the AMG Powerpack fitted to the same short-stroke 2.5 litre engine as the Evolution, as well as a full SLS suspension allowing vehicle ride height to be adjusted from an interior switch. An obvious modification to the Evolution II is a radical body kit with a large adjustable rear wing, rear window spoiler and Evolution II 17" wheels. Few cars have the homologated visual impact of the 2.5-16 Evolution II. At a time, when the German Touring car series had peaked in popularity and was arguably at its most competitive, the whole of Europe and particularly BMW would soon notice the effect of this wild styling exercise.
This particular example has been carefully owned by fastidious collectors and has covered only 8,663 miles from new and, as one would expect, presents in truly magnificent condition. This Evo II was originally a German delivered car which was imported by a Japanese collector in 2005 with 2,800km on the clock; prior to the export, the car was serviced with a main dealer in Deggendorf in June of 2005. The first Japanese owner would service the car at 3,284km with a second Japanese collector purchasing the car on the 10th of June 2009 with 8,100km recorded and it received a further service with Mercedes-Benz at 9,244km. The original import and Japanese registration documents are present in the history file as well as a checklist on the car conducted by Mercedes-Benz in Kyoto. The full book pack is also present and correct. The vendor reports the paintwork retains a deep, consistent lustre throughout with plastics and shadow line trim pleasingly free of any marks or wear; a definitive time warp example. Highly specified with full black leather interior, the deeply bolstered front seats are near new with a matte finish. There is very little wear to report in the cabin, with gearbox tunnel, sills and carpets all mark free. The wooden inlays and surrounds retain good lacquer and the fit and finish are pleasingly free of cracks or distortion. Some period additions from new, an oil temperature gauge, stopwatch and voltmeter, are key to assuring the driver of the homologation bloodline. The self-levelling suspension can be adjusted from inside the car. The vendor confirms that the engine has been well serviced, pulls very well and is on-cam when the car comes alive; really a very eager engine with a beautifully balanced chassis. The dogleg gearbox is a joy to use; 1st gear engages with minimum of fuss from cold and moves away cleanly and smoothly. The Evolution six spoke wheels still present in excellent order having never been refurbished and the braking system provides excellent stopping power with no adverse pitch or pull. A wonderful example of the legendary model, this car is UK registered with a V5 document and MoT certificate valid until June 2017. With all taxes paid this represents a fantastic low mileage example of one of the rarest and most desirable motor cars from Mercedes-Benz.
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