When there’s a rash of cars on the market – and right now, there are several 190E 2.3-16 Valves – it would behoove buyers to find the model that’s a touch rarer, or stands out for the right reasons. This 1986 Cossie W201 is just that car, being the rare European variety with more power than its U.S.-market counterparts and a color that’s a refreshing alternative to the commonplace Smoke Silver. This car also already has the much-needed European headlights as standard equipment, and coupled with its impressive cosmetic condition, creates a very powerful argument to seeking an alternative to the skyrocketing garage queen E30 M3. Although this car may need some fine-tuning to be perfect, it has survived amazingly well for being laid up the last few years.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 European model on eBay
Model: 190E 2.3-16
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: No reserve auction
This is one of the Very rare and highly collectable Mercedes Benz 190 2.3-16 valve Cosworth cars built by Mercedes to homologate the race version of this car to compete in the European Touring car races. Mercedes was building a BMW M3 Competitor and turned to the British race car tuner Cosworth to build it. The result was this car which shared the 190 body but little else. The engine was highly modified with a new head and completely new internals and put out 185hp in Euro Spec (THIS IS A EURO SPEC CAR). It has the exact same dogleg Getrag transmission as the BMW M3 as well. The body has an improved body kit from the factory which lowers the drag coefficient to .32. And the interior is highly modified with 4 bolstered leather seats. This car also has Euro headlights since it was originally delivered overseas, and also wears some later AMG Monoblock wheels.
While all 2.3-16 Cosworth cars are very rare to begin with, this car is even more rare. It’s the Euro version which is quite a bit different than the US version. It has the higher compression, higher horsepower engine, manual transmission (Most US cars were Automatic) the better bumpers, Headlights, and is pearl black where most US cars were smoke silver, a champagne color. Very few of this spec car come up for sale. and even fewer in this condition.
This car is in excellent cosmetic condition, and runs and drives well. However be advised, it just was pulled out of storage after laying dormant for several years in a garage, and may need some fine tuning and TLC before it is used regularly again. We’ve not had the car serviced since it was traded in, but have driven the car, and have not noted any signifigant problems. It runs well, drives well, shifts well and stops well. Some small items are not working such as the aftermarket stereo system, and the A/C will need a recharge.
Although I found the mileage to be high for a car that’s seen limited use, it’s hard to argue with the condition of the interior and paint, not to mention the period-perfect AMG chromeys. The price right now seems downright cheap for a Cossie in this condition, but time will tell if it goes for a price that is something more than a “steal.”