Rare collector’s car: Mercedes 190 E 2.3-16 on eBay

The Mercedes 190 (W 201) is one of the most popular and well-known classics today. And the 190 E 2.3-16 can not only look good, but also drive fast thanks to 185 hp and a maximum of 235 Nm torque. It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing, just like the Mercedes 500 E/E 500. The manual 16-valve engine dates from 1985 and is therefore almost 40 years old – which is why it has an H license plate.

Mercedes 190 E 2.3-16 in very good condition on eBay

Of course, after four decades, the car also has a few kilometers under its belt: 229,800 km, to be precise. However, this is not a problem for a Mercedes engine. But what else does the year of manufacture tell us? That’s right, it belongs to the first series and is even more popular than its younger relatives.

Condition: The 190 E 2.3-16 has only minor defects

The current owners had a Classic Data report drawn up in April 2021. Only minimal defects emerged: slight signs of wear on chassis parts, in the engine compartment and on the underbody and seals. No wonder, then, that the 190 E got through the TÜV without any problems and will not be examined again until June 2023.
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No rust, no damage: the underside shows only slight signs of wear.

Repairs: Many parts were renewed in 2021

But the good condition of such an old car is no coincidence. In 2021, a large chunk of money was spent to make the oldie shine again! Among other things, the bump stops and cuffs, the engine mount, the thermostat cover, the insulating mat on the bonnet, the starter battery, the spark plugs and the air filter were renewed.
But that’s not all! Because the brake calipers were renewed or overhauled both at the front and at the front, as were the brake discs, the pads and the hoses. The tires (Bridgestone Potenza) and the rims are also new. These are contemporary LM wheels in AMG design, which are of course not new, but have been newly installed. In addition, the Baby Benz 2021 got an oil change.
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The paintwork of the 190 E was completely renewed six years ago. Of course in the original color.

It is evident in every detail that this is a lovingly maintained garage car. The paintwork was also completely renewed in 2016 — in the same color as when it was first delivered.

Interior: The Baby Benz shines here too

And the interior also looks very neat in the pictures. The dashboard area and the rear seats have no scratches or blemishes. Only unavoidable seat creases can be seen in the leather of the seats. Unfortunately, the offer does not tell us what the front seats are like.

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The leather seats are in very good condition – only a few seat creases can be seen.

Equipment: This 190 E 2.3-16 comes with many extras

Either way, the 190 E 2.3-16 is a very sought-after and popular classic car. The Benz from this range also has a wide range of special equipment to offer: It comes with an electric sunroof, central locking, metallic paint, tinted glass, leather interior and a Becker radio with automatic antenna.
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The same applies here: As you can see, you see nothing. The interior shows no defects.

Engine: The 2.3-16 is the second most powerful 190

The 2.3-16 comes – below the 190 E Evo – as the most powerful of its kind. A four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 2299 ccm slumbers under its hood. The Mercedes is driven via the rear axle and reaches country road speed in 8.2 seconds. It takes 38.7 seconds to go from 100 to 200 km/h, and the limit is reached at 228 km/h. The curb weight of the classic is 1465 kg.

Rarity: Only 1000 pieces are officially reported

The 190 E 16-valves are rare and very popular. There are currently just under 1,000 of these vehicles officially listed. So this offer is the ticket to a rather exclusive club. The highest bid for this rare vehicle is currently 20,049 euros (as of May 30, 2022). However, it can be seen that the minimum price has not yet been reached — exactly how high it is is not known.

Mercedes 190 E 2.3-16 in very good condition on eBay

The owners had the car appraised twice. The Classic Data rating gives the car a grade of 2 and estimates the value at 29,600 euros. According to Classic Analytics, the car is even worth 32,000 euros. Comparable models from the same series and in a similarly good condition cost around 20,000 euros.

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