Up for auction is this 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 5-speed finished in Black Pearl Metallic over Anthracite leather. Equipped with a sought-after 2.3 L 16-valve inline 4-cylinder Cosworth engine, this U.S.-spec 1986 example is essentially a road-going version of the legendary 190E rally cars used in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM) touring car series. Having spent the last 8 years being carefully looked after in a prominent east-coast sports car collection, this increasingly sought-after 190E is now being offered by its seller Massachusetts accompanied by the original manuals, service book, and a clean title.
The Black Pearl Metallic (199) finish is said to in excellent overall condition with only minor cosmetic imperfections. The driver’s side door is reported to have been professionally refinished and detailed images are provided in the photo gallery along with recent paint meter readings. Carfax also shows a minor front-end incident in 2011 and the seller indicates there are no signs of persisting damage. This 16-valve 190E can be identified by its painted front valence, side skirts, fender flares, revised rear bumper, trunk spoiler with integrated brake light, and 15” Gullideckel wheels.
Inside, the Anthracite (271) leather interior features adjustable 4-position sport seats, bolstered rear seats, and decorative Zebrano wood veneers on the center console. Other details include a small-diameter steering wheel, additional gauges in the center stack, air conditioning, a sunroof, and a factory Becker Grand Prix radio. The cabin is reported to be in excellent original condition with all gauges and accessories remaining fully functional.
Based on a preexisting Mercedes’ engine block, the Cosworth-designed 2.3 L 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine features alloy cylinder heads, a specially tuned intake and exhaust, modified Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and electronic ignition. 167 HP is sent to the rear wheels by way of a 5-speed Getrag manual transmission with a limited-slip differential. Other performance features include a stiffer and lower suspension, larger brakes, and improved aerodynamics. All service is reported to be up to date with some records dating back to 2010 including a Mercedes-Benz VMI report and associated invoices.
This sale will include the original manuals and service book, a set of 2 keys, and a clean title. Having once dominated the compact premium sport sedan market, this 190E 2.3-16 now represents the essence of the “youngtimer” automotive sensation.