Lot 259 - 1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5 V16 Cosworth

Lot 259 - 1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5 V16 Cosworth

Lot 259 - 1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5 V16 Cosworth

Lot Number 259
Registration TAZ 3681
Chassis Number WDB2010352F65559
Engine Number 09215081L
Odometer reading 160,233 miles
Estimate £17,000 - £22,000
Result Sold - £15,680

Allegedly 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 Litre 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 sport dampers, larger anti-roll bars, harder bushes, 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 very good example represents one of the later series 2.5-16V Cosworth cars and is fitted with full Recaro leather interior. This original, standard car has been owned by a Mercedes-Benz specialist for the last four years; in this time, he has carried out a full body restoration, a major service to the engine and gearbox, new clutch and new rear self-levelling shock absorbers. The car comes with a comprehensive service history with 23 service stamps in the book and nearly all of the MoT test certificates that have been issued. Finished in the original colour of Smoke Silver with black interior, this 2.5 16 Cosworth is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in January 2019 and the original book pack. Good examples of these epic cars now regularly make up the cornerstone of modern classic collections.

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.

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