1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 with 63,000 miles

Clean, low mileage Mercedes 190E sedans are getting harder to find these days. Even more rare are well looked after examples of the hot version, the 190E 2.3-16 with an engine developed jointly with Cosworth and an available 5 speed manual transmission with dog leg first gear. Before AMG became the in-house tuning arm of Mercedes-Benz, there were several performance sedans to emerge from the manufacturer, most notably the W109 300SEL 6.3, W116 450SEL 6.9 and the legendary Porsche assembled W124 500E/E500. The 190E 2.3-16 and 2.5-16 were part of this high performance history.

This is the holy grail of 190E 2.3-16V cars; all original paint and body panels, no accidents or paintwork EVER. Only 63K documented original miles. Fantastic original cosmetic condition inside and out. Flawless mechanically with everything working including the VDO computer. A 5-speed manual with a smooth and perfect clutch and transmission. She runs strong, looks great, and is in SUCH great shape cosmetically and mechanically; this car needs NOTHING but a new owner.

The 190E 2.3-16 has begun to garner recognition amongst collectors and values have crept up as of late. Still, no matter how clean, $17,900 seems optimistic, given that mint C43 AMG models with a V8 can be had for similar, if not less money. True, the C43 is a different animal, but when NADA is listing a high retail shy of $12,000 for this car, one would think this kind of vehicle would maybe pull $14-15k max. Still, there is no denying that this is an exceptional example of an important piece of Mercedes-Benz history.

-Paul

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5 Comments

  1. Paul, thanks for the listing. I am the seller, and I do a lot of older Benzes, probably close to 200 in the last 5 years. I try to find special ones; limited production, super mint condition, very low miles, etc. Eventually I’ll even sell my 1990 560SEL 6.0 AMG DOHC built by AMg with 83K miles. This 2/3-16 is a gem; just fantastic cosmetic and mechanical condition. $17.9K is a stretch, granted, but when someone clicks on the BIN with one of my cars I tend to return the favor and spend a lot of prep money; new tires just for the hell of it, wet sand, etc etc. The reserve is $15,950, and I think (I’m biased of course) that it’s truly worth that. Thanks! Bruce

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  3. Where did this car sell to Ill buy it.

  4. mercedes tan or gold 190e 2.3 or 2.6 low miles late year no rust -clean, no red/ mercedes 300 e
    6 cylynder late year low miles gold or tan- square
    headlights NO round headlights. Gold BMW’s older models black bumpers low mile- need to ship to maui- so western state finds are half the shipping
    ps i am also looking for used hondamatic up to 1984 civics or o00’s or civic wagon-white-gold-silvver blue yellow clean all around low miles

  5. Mark, I can put you in touch with the current owner if you are truly interested. Email me at brucem105@comcast.net. Thanks. Bruce

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