1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16V Evolution II

The Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16V Evolution II is one of those cars that you know exists, but thanks to its rarity of just 502 examples made, don’t pop up all that often in any kind of setting. The majority of these cars are now securely tucked away in private collections thanks to their crazy price tags (more on that later) and very rarely come up for public sale. Today, car number 208 painted in Blauschwarz, is up for sale for anyone who has enough money to sink into a car that you probably can’t justify it costs as much as it does. The best part about this car? It’s for sale in sunny San Diego, California.

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Motorsports Monday: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II

While the regular 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth had originally been intended to be a rally car, by the time the company got to producing the “Evolution” models they were fully embroiled in the DTM war of the late 1980s. Massive wings mounted trunklids, fenders flared, and engines roared to new heights of power. While most probably associate the E30 M3 as being the pinnacle of this period, the wildest road-going warrior was the 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II. Mercedes-Benz made 502 of these cars, replete with AMG-tuned motors and enough wings and flares to make an M3 jealous. It should be no surprise that these cars hold a special place in enthusiast’s hearts and they’ve led the market in value because of their very limited nature:

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II

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The 1980s and early 1990s rare DTM inspired car market is hot right now. The Audi Ur-Quattro now costs more than a loaded up Honda Accord and a BMW E30 M3 in nice shape is about as much as a starter home. The next car that’s on the rise is the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16. For years this was a $5,000-8,500 car. Not anymore. Prices have more than doubled. But this post isn’t about that the lowly 2.3-16. This is about the 2.5-16 Evolution II.  The king W201. About a month ago Paul featured a 1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II that was listed for $279,000. If you missed out on that one, don’t worry, this 2.5-16 Evolution II for sale outside of London is your second chance at DTM glory — if you have $333,352.

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1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II

A few months ago, I happened to stop by Keenan Mercedes in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. For those not aware, the owner of the dealership has acquired a car similar to the one we see here for sale in California, a 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II. Those not familiar with this winged beast might mistake it for a gussied up 190E 2.3-16, but it was so much more. While 235 horsepower might not seem like much in this day and age, getting that much grunt from a four-cylinder engine 25 years ago was no mean feat. Add into this mix self-leveling suspension, adjustable rear wing and those tasty Evo alloy wheels and you had a limited production car which would sell out before it went on sale. Expensive when new, prices for these rare Evo IIs are heading through the roof. This one for sale in California has just 10,000 mies on the clock and is surely amongst a handful that have found their way to these shores.

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1988 BMW M3 Evolution II – REVISIT

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In an effort to capitalize on the market, we’ve seen increasing numbers of E30 M3s come to market – and the most highly sought models are the specials like this 1988 Evolution II model. We saw this car come to market in March with a $100,000 Buy It Now price. Some details were wrong and it failed to sell. It’s back 6 months later, and at least one detail – the exhaust – has been reverted to a more stock looking system; a nod to the greater demand (and value) of originality. But fitting that exhaust, along with a few other minor changes, will cost you $5,000 apparently as the Buy It Now has been increased to $105,000 now. We’ve yet to see a really clean E30 M3 break into the 6-digit price range, but they’ve been close. Is this the one?

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The below post originally appeared on our site March 22, 2015:

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II

Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way: this 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E’s asking price is $700,000. No, I’m not joking. For that amount, you could purchase many things; planes, sailboats, vacation homes – all on top of your normal home. You could send many disadvantaged youth through secondary education, or you could feed most of Darfur through the rest of the year. But you’re not into those things, you’re into cars – so what makes this Batmobile-inspired W201 so special? Like the M3 and V8 quattro, it was a DTM star, and like all of the Evolution models they were not imported to the United States. That makes them covetous for marque fans, cars that adorned true racing fan’s walls and imaginations in the late 80s and early 90s, and gives you instant credibility at any European event you turn up to. Well before “Evo” became synonymous with Mitsubishi’s physics-defying Lancer, Evo meant that BMW, Audi or Mercedes-Benz were attempting to homologate some aero tweaks and a hotter motor to win in the DTM race series. Along with the M3 and Quattro, these were the cars that spawned an entire generation of go-faster flares, vents and wings that can still be seen evolving on the WRX and, aptly named, Lancer Evolution. But while the M3 is a known quantity and the market star of the three big DTM cars from the early 1990s, to me the Mercedes-Benz was the one that really nailed the look with their road going version. The Evolution II looked the business; more aero and extreme than the M3, more special looking than the V8 quattro’s Evo kit, it stood apart from the crowd. All of them were special, but somehow the Evolution II was a bit more special:

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Apocalypse Now: 1988 BMW M3 Evolution II

We’re an odd group, enthusiasts. Normally you’d assume that we’d be excited to see each and every example of rare cars that pop up. Sometimes, even semi-rare cars excite us. Occasionally, it’s just a plain-jane base model that’s not often seen that will peak the interest of the masses. Yet the excitement usually isn’t there; instead, what results is a form of cyber-bullying as every keyboard warrior attempts to find each and every wrong detail with a particular example. It could be something from small details – paint chips, a scratch, a rust bubble to things that are downright esoteric; my complaint, for example, that the RS2 color “RS Blue” appear correctly on B4s instead of the more commonly associated Nogaro Blue. It could be omission of mechanical details, incorrect listing information, a slip of the fingers in typing in a VIN. Seriously, does it matter? Well, it does when it comes to top-dollar collector cars. In the case of today’s car, the second E30 M3 Evolution II in as many weeks here on the site, my microscope attention focuses on the wheels:

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1988 BMW M3 Evolution II

While as of late I have not been a huge fan of the early M3 market or the resulting insanity involving all-things E30, I have to admit a very soft spot for the box-flared high-revving wonder. I’ve loved the E30 M3 since I first learned of their existence; trips to the track in the early 1990s with my father only heightened my respect for what was really one of the few track-ready cars out of the box. Back then, it wouldn’t be uncommon for half or more of the instructor group to be zipping around the track in one of the many M3s that would turn up to hot lap. I even remember one of the first times I got to lap around Lime Rock was in a M3. On the back straight (No Name, which ironically is named and isn’t a straight) I looked over at the first kink in horror as the driver, a soft spoken friend of my father’s, whipped the M3’s engine into a frenzy above the indicated redline. Surely, pistons would emerge from the hood in just a moment – but they didn’t, and with reckless abandon he flung the car into the uphill, barely lifting off the throttle for turn-in, then cresting the hill with a touch of opposite lock and the wheels spinning. That’s what the M3 did – it turned otherwise normal, law abiding individuals into hooligans. But it was because of the natural balance, the race-bred motor and the success on the track that this car encouraged you to drive it at 10/10ths. Or even, occasionally, 11/10ths – plenty have encountered hard objects in their lifetime. But now, these cars are no longer the go-to track rat they once were; they’ve become collector royalty – and few are as collectable as the special editions like this Evolution II:

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II

1990 Mercedes 190E Evolution 2

It isn’t often that an Evolution model 190E comes up for sale. We usually notice when one does. With only 502 of these produced, to meet DTM homologation requirements, you are not going to see one on the street except for special occasions.

These cars show how Mercedes 190s can compete in the collector car market with BMW E30 M3s, just as they competed in the marketplace and track when new. While the E30 seems to have the marketplace edge right now, prices of the Cosworth engined 16 valved 190s continues to rise. The Evolution models being the absolute top dog.

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E Evolution 2

Year: 1990
Model: 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II
Engine: 2.5 liter 16 valve inline four
Transmission: dog leg 5-speed manual
Mileage: 35,000 miles
Price: Bid to $61,290, reserve not met

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1990 Mercedes 190E Evolution 2

About this car: 1990 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II.

This is a factory Evolution II. The VIN #: WDB2010361F743573 The car is fully loaded: leather seats, a/c, suspension level, etc. Everything is looks like brand-new. The body is straight and rust free, the car was never ever in any accident. The four tires are new. On the car have a fresh major service including, oil service on the engine, Trans, and rear axle. The break fluid is also new. All filters were changed, new spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, and rotor, etc. The car runs very strong, and straight. The a/c is ice cold. No noise or oil leek. Everything is original, and in working condition: like the radio, a/c, the leather, floor and trunk mat, wheels, etc. The car comes with full service history. All books, the four keys, tools, original window sticker are in my hand. This is a matching numbers car, 1 of the 500 units Evolution II were made.

Now the car is in Europe, but I can help to shipping the car to the anywere, or you could pick-up your self. Here is a choice to take a piece of history from the 90’s when the Mercedes was built the legend. This car has no warranty and selling AS-IS. If you have any question call: 805-300-9763 Joe

1990 Mercedes 190E Evolution 2

The sporty car is pushing 235 horsepower out through the race setup 5 speed for plenty of fun. Any car that has an engined designed by Cosworth and that, while not an AMG model, has been breathed on slightly by them to boost output is a good thing. The difficulty with an Evo 2 is that those not in the know may think you have boy racered your Mercedes due to the wild factory body kit. The massive fender flares might get overlooked, though not likely, but the absolutely nuts rear wing will not get missed. This piece is not for looks, but gives the car its low coefficient of drag.

This particular car is located in Hungary and looks to be near factory fresh. The seller doesn’t provide a whole lot of description or particularly high resolution photos. It looks to be well taken care of as it comes with the original window sticker and service history.

These are basically collector cars in any condition, but this one appears to be a high grade example. It isn’t clear what the seller is looking to get for the list. The first time it was listed bidding ended at $62,000 so it must be somewhere north of that. They don’t come much rarer than this for factory Mercedes from this era so certainly an investment opportunity.

~Evan

1986 Mercedes 190E 16v with 2.6 & Evo II Kit

It will be interesting to see what this car will bring. You have a high mileage 190E 2.3 16v that hasn’t seen a lot of use of late, but does have some where north of 189,000 on the clock. The seller says that is when the odometer stopped working. At around 140k the car received the Bekker Imports stroker kit bumping things out to 2.6 liters. The car also added the Evolution II body kit. The massive rear wing has been removed due to owner taste, but he says it is available.
The seller is asking $5,000, which is a fraction of what this would bring if it was a genuine Evo car.
The car needs some work, seller says the paint needs a refresh, that the engine has some “hesitation”, and that the suspension could use some work.
Like I said I’ll be curious to see if anyone bites on this. With the stroker kit, the body kit, and the 19″ AMG wheels with only 4k on the tires, the MSRP on the mods alone would send you well over $5k.

 

~Evan