Lot 260 - 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5 16V Cosworth
|Odometer reading||112,077 miles|
|Estimate||£23,000 - £28,000|
In 1983, Mercedes-Benz introduced the Cosworth 2.3 16V into their range and the new cars were substantially different from the other 190 models. The bodykit reduced the drag coefficient and the steering wheel was smaller than that on other 190s, whilst the fuel tank was enlarged to 70 litres. The Getrag five-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 … interestingly, they 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 lovely example of this highly sought after model is especially rare being right hand drive and is presented in black metallic with black leather interior. It comes with an electric sunroof, electric windows, electric front seats and cruise control. The present vendor replaced all the door panels and the bonnet as well as replacing the spoiler with a new one and then had the car resprayed in 2018. The car looks superb! The history file contains various invoices from past work including the latest expenditure of £1622 with Steve Redfearn Mercedes-Benz Specialist in Wimbledon. This car has been very well looked after and it is refreshing to see such an example in such wonderful condition throughout.
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