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1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3

I’m a fan of basic modes of transport. Oftentimes the lower run models in a lineup get overlooked, only for their good qualities to be ignored. Such is the case with this Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3. An early W201, this car was far from basic, but could be considered such as compared to the rest of the Mercedes lineup at the time. With it’s four-cylinder engine, you won’t be getting anywhere fast, but then again, it’s not as slow as some of the diesels of that era, either. This Nautical Blue 190E 2.3 is approaching just 50,000 miles and looks quite stately in a pleasing hue of Nautical Blue over Gray MB Tex.

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Year: 1985
Model: 190E 2.3
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 49,622 mi
Price: Reserve auction


1985 Mercedes Benz 190E 2.3

Nautical Blue (Code 929)

Gray MB Tex Interior

49,622 Actual Miles.

Pristine vehicle with documentation of ownership and mileage.

Extensive documentation of services over the past 15 years.

This 1985 Mercedes Benz 190E 2.3 exemplified the commonly used term “rare find”.

The vehicle was purchased new in 1985 by a highly decorated researcher and physician who was also the health editor for an well known international news publication and the former President of the American Red Cross. The original owner used this vehicle for commuting 6 miles a day to work from 1985-2000, and then transported the car to Naples Florida as it was used as her winter use car at her summer residence. The vehicle was maintained by Mercedes Benz of Naples and Schellers Foreign Car Service from 2000-2012 and years of service receipts have been maintained with the vehicle. The second owner of this fine vehicle is an active MBCA member and collector who took ownership of the vehicle in 2014. He had a ceremonious unveiling of his “like new ” 1985 Mercedes Benz 190E at a MBCA Event and the vehicle was featured on the cover of the Sunshine Star Magazine in 7/2014 and an accompanying 2 page article written on this remarkable find. In 2014 the vehicle had a major service completed at Benztech Corp of Bonita Florida which included:

Tune up
Fuel filter
Transmission service
Motor and transmission mounts
Complete AC service
New BF Goodrich ties

Needless to say the car is in exceptional mechanical condition and runs and drives like new. All of the vehicle power options function 100% and the AC blows ice cold.

Nautical Blue is in my honest opinion the most stunning color ever produced by Mercedes Benz.

The gorgeous gray MB Tex interior with near flawless Zebrano wood inlays make for an absolutely stunning color combination.

The interior is amazingly well preserved.

The vehicles engine bay and undercarriage is exceptionally clean and still wears its original decals and factory markings.

The OEM wheels benefited from dust shield and still show beautifully with no brake dust etching inside of the vents.

The original spare tire has never touched the ground, and the vehicle comes with a beautiful set of period correct cocoa mats.

Original unused first aid kit is also present.

Original Becker Stereo sounds great and power antenna functions 100%.

This is a very rare car to find in this condition.

Located in Central New Jersey 07753.

Contact Dean at 848-459-7776


I still have very fond memories of the 190E 2.6 that was in our family when I was in college. These were really stout machines and even though diminutive, was as surefooted as the W126 S-class sedan of the time. The provenance of this car is impressive and its coming from a seller with a history of finding mint examples of the Mercedes classics we know and love. We saw a 1987 190E 2.3 with 36k miles sell for $6,225 back in February of this year. This car isn’t much older and doesn’t have that much more miles, so I’d suspect this one will fetch somewhere in the $6,000 to $7,000 range.



  1. Carter
    Carter August 31, 2015

    Fixed the link, thanks Rene!

  2. LenS
    LenS August 31, 2015

    My low-mileage (at the time) ’85 sheared a valve spring. $20 part lead to $$$ to repair a gouged piston and bent valve. Traded that car in as soon as it was repaired. And totally undriveable in the snow. Still, I loved the Teutonic styling…

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