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1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6

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A few weeks ago, I popped this 190E 2.6 up on our Facebook Fanpage; while it looked quite nice at the time, there weren’t many photos and the pricing seemed a bit high. But the big question was “Why?”; why would someone choose to convert the less desirable 2.6 inline-6 automatic model into a fast Benz when you already have a solid starting point in the 2.3 and 2.5 16V models? In part, the seller answers that in their description below; but to me, it doesn’t necessarily matter what the base model is – after all, there are plenty of people modifying Porsche 912s and 944s, there are countless E30, E36s and E46s that aren’t M3s that people choose, and even plenty of Audi A4s that get turned up in favor of the S4. Why not the 190E 2.6, then?

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Year: 1989
Model: 190E 2.6
Engine: 2.6 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 104,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction


One of a kind, very unique, RESTORED 1989 Mercedes 190E 2.6L


People asked me why I chose the 2.6L automatic as the base for this project and not the 2.3L 16V model – the answer is simple – I wanted a reliable, easy to maintain, easy to drive, great handling car with plenty of torgue for city driving, good power and awesome looks! Although the 2.3L 16V has a racing history behind it and is a great car for the track, it lacks torgue for everyday driving and is expensive to maintain with it’s costly cosworth engine.


Many-Many man hours went into the labor on this Mercedes to make this one of a kind custom AMG kit fit right and to make this car as you see it today! It’s absolutely beautiful !
Fully repainted in OEM Mercedes White color, all dings, scratches, imperfections removed – the color looks amazing !
Custom AMG Body kit (front bumper with custom fog lights, side skirts, rear bumper, 3 piece spoiler and custom wheel flares), shaved antenna
European head lights with HID Xenon Low Beam, HID Xenon High Beam, HID Xenon Fog lights
European Very Rare MHW all red tail lights
Euro Front Grill, custom Tri color pin stripe (German Flag with gold matching the color of the rims)


Excellent condition Black Interior, custom carbon fiber accents on doors, front console and dash board (rare!)
Excellent condition Grey carpet, full set of OEM mats, Excellent Headliner!
Custom RennTech instrument cluster with white faces and red needles
Rare Hella by MOMO steering wheel, real wood shift knob!
Sony AM/FM/CD/Ipod/Iphone compatible stereo system
Updated 6×9 top of the line Pioneer speakers!
Everything works, all electricals, windows, regulators, switches, sunroof, heat, switches, knobs etc… !!!


Brand New Bilstein sport shocks and Lowering springs! New Bushings !

This Mercedes will be sold with stock OEM wheels w/good tires

For $1000 extra – Restored Original Lorinzer D90 Mercedes wheels, painted nogaro silver with new Kumho 16″ tires are available!
For $2500 extra – Custom 17×9 w/2.5″ lips front 205/45/17 tires and 17×9.5 w/3″ lips rear 245/35/17 tires are available (as pictured here)

This mercedes looks and drives like a dream !


104,000 original miles, major tune-up included: New Water Pump, new Radiator, New Belts, New Ignition wires, New Valve cover gasket, New timing cover gasket, New Cam Seal, New acc pulley, New Transmission and Engine oil flush with new Oil and filters, New Transmission lines, New Hoses, New Clamps, New A/C Fan, New Fan clutch, etc..etc…etc.. over $2k in receipts !!!
Factory Bosal exhaust was recently replaced.

Anti theft alarm is installed with remote controlled key-less door opening


From the perspective of the amount of work completed, this was obviously a labor of love. Minus a bit of the graphics and perhaps with less gold BBSs, I really like the look overall. I think if the RS center sections were silver and perhaps offset a tad less, the car would sit a little better in my mind – maybe even swapping in some 16″ versions. I’m not a fan of the Lorinser wheels personally, so it’s okay to me that they’re not included; and frankly, for $2,500 extra I wouldn’t opt for the BBSs either. But the car appears to be in great condition with a full respray, recent mechanical work and a clean interior. I’d de-sticker the sides, but otherwise I really like the look of this car. And frankly, I’m not sure that it bothers me hugely that it’s an automatic or not a Cosworth. It’s a neat looking car that overall is well executed, though I think the reserve price is likely a little high for what the car is. Bidding is flat and as it sits the reserve hasn’t been met at $5,000. I’d guess that reserve is set precariously close to $10,000 or more, and this car won’t likely get there soon. It’s lost the originality market, and doesn’t gain the performance market of the 16V crowd. It’s great looking, but unfortunately if you’re going to build one of these cars for yourself and go a way few others do, usually few others will be interested in what you paid to get it there.



  1. Ricky
    Ricky April 17, 2014

    Great let’s take an underpowered sedan and stick a RENNtech badge on it. That adds at least 100 horsepower, right? Oh. Dear. God.

  2. John
    John April 17, 2014

    If anyone on here is familiar with the infamous Vald, this here is a car he built. He tends to focus on e30s, but branched out into another german model with this one.

    I would be extremely careful about buying anything from the guy. That’s not to say there is anything wrong with this car, but consider yourself warned!

  3. Carter
    Carter April 17, 2014

    John, thanks for the Vlad link. I’m familiar with stories of him. Personally, I think his projects mostly look good, but the quality of the work and business dealings with him are somewhat suspect.

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