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1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3

Back in “the day” if you knew about what AMG was and the cool things they produced, you could have a little taste. If you purchased a Mercedes-Benz product and took your new car to AMG West in Beverly Hills, California or AMG of Missouri, you had your choice of the catalogue. Truth be told, most of the products were bolt-ons, although there were some power upgrades in terms camshafts and exhaust systems. Today’s car, a 1986 190E 2.3 up for sale in California, is one of those bolt-on cars.

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Year: 1986
Model: 190E
VIN: WDBDA24D3GF173234
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 107,703 mi
Location: Los Angeles, California
Price: $15,000

Selling my completely original 1986 Pre merger AMG Mercedes 190E 2.3.

All of the genuine AMG parts were fitted by the Mercedes Dealer when the car was sold new.
Being a 1986 makes this a very early 190E and so the AMG parts are all Generation 1 (GEN 1) which is extremely rare.

The car drives fantastically and has an amazing road presence.
1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E
107,700 miles
2.3ltr 8v 4 cylinder M102 engine
White paint seems to be original
AMG Gen 1 full body kit (front bumper, side skirts and rear bumper) All original with correct AMG stamping
AMG Gen 1 rear trunk spoiler with correct AMG stamping
AMG Gen 1 steering wheel made by Italvolanti (made in italy)
AMG floor mats
AMG Penta 16″ wheels (original with stamping)

AC Air conditioning – just fully serviced and blows icey cold
Fuel system completely gone through including: Stripped and cleaned fuel tank, new fuel pump, new fuel filter, new in tank fuel filter screen, new fuel lines, rebuilt distributor, refurbished fuel injectors.
Car runs amazing.

Interior – it is black MB tex and near perfect condition 9.5/10 (no rips or damage)
Transmission shifts great
Clean title
Current May 2023 California registration

Very rare and collectable pre merger AMG car.

This is very much “all bark and no bite” but power really isn’t the point here. These things are very much 1980s cool and hip, and well past the time of being just a used car. This one has the full body kit, wheels, steering wheel, and giant logo floor mats. But like I mentioned, the 2.3-liter M102 inline-four pumped out just 130 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque – not many will feel “Hammer”ed by this.

So how much for all this show? A cool $15,000. Yes, that seems like a lot for a base 190E 2.3, but you are buying the sum of the parts here. If this one is as in the condition the seller says it is, then maybe not such a bad price. You just have to be a giant AMG nerd to justify it.

– Andrew


  1. Ricky
    Ricky October 18, 2022

    15k for a car that almost looks like a 200k one isn’t a bad deal in my eyes. 95 percent of people wouldn’t know the difference. Also looks pretty mint.

  2. Ricky
    Ricky October 19, 2022

    Edit to comment: a similar 2.3-16 wouldn’t cost that much more for an extra 55hp. Probably would go for that instead of this, but the styling is still nice on this one.

  3. Mark Jawdoszyn
    Mark Jawdoszyn October 21, 2022

    The real deal would be much better however considering this is available at a fraction of what a real one would sell for and considering how one would driver either these days this may be the better value and option.

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