Lot 212 - 1989 Mercedes-Benz 2.5-16 Evolution I
|Odometer reading||170,846 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £14,000|
In 1983, Mercedes introduced the Cosworth 2.3-16 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 from 55 to 70 litres. The Getrag 5-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. Mercedes 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 particular example is the Evolution 1 model and is presented in metallic black with black leather interior. It’s bodykit has been upgraded with the Evolution II kit being fitted, giving it a somewhat brutish appearance, much admired by many around the globe and instantly recognisable. These are highly sought after models with examples of the Evolution II fetching in the region of £200,000. A great opportunity to acquire a part of Mercedes-Benz and Cosworth history which turns heads today just as it did in 1989. The car also comes with a V5 document and an MoT certificate which expires in April 2018.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.