1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 Limited Edition

They weren’t produced in big numbers, but we’ve seen a couple 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E Limited Editions appear on GCFSB as of late, both in 2.3 and 2.6 form. This 190E 2.6 Limited Edition for sale in Florida has extremely low mileage and certainly appears as such. These 2.6 Limited Editions came equipped in black over black and red leather with carbon fibre trim, tighter suspension settings and sport seats. The carbon fibre trim has been replaced by wood trim in this example, which, in my opinion doesn’t really complement the more sporting look of the interior. It’s not terrible, mind you, but I would have preferred the stock look in this case. Given the small number of these 190Es built and the smaller number that still exist in good shape, you’ll want to look this example over a bit more closely.

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Year: 1993
Model: 190E 2.6 Limited Edition
Engine: 2.6 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 48,750 mi
Price: $11,950 Buy It Now

Extremely Rare 1993 Mercedes Limited Edition Sportline 190e 2.6 with 48,750 miles. 1/700 Made.
Features FACTORY Cosworth steering gear, suspension bushings, sway bars, sport shocks, smaller diameter steering wheel, 15″ 8 hole Factory rims, Headlight Wiper system, 4 Recaro Bucket Seat Configuration. One previous registered owner. If you ever wanted a Cosworth but were afraid of the British engine/electronics then this may be for you: 0-60 mph times and horsepower nearly the same.

VERY Extensive mechanical and cosmetic restoration well beyond asking price.
Recharged A/C r134 – Blows ice cold
New brakes and rotors
Major tuneup
New belts and hoses
New Climate Control Temp Wheel Decal
New Center Console Storage Bin (fits iPhone 6plus)
Cooling System Flush/ New Antifreeze
New Air Filter
New Dash lighting
New Zebrano Wood Dash, Door & Console Inserts
Electric Seats & Headrests Working
Cruise Control working
2 Position Sunroof Working
All Gauges and Switches Working
Central Locking Working
Electric Passenger Mirror Working
New MBZ Window Regulators (4)
New Ventilation Blower Motor
New Dash Blower Switch Unit
Auto Climate Control Working
New Chrome Grille
New Lower Front Tow Eye Cover
New Headlight Lenses
New Headlight Rubber
New Headlight Door Surrounds ($750) – No Longer Made.
New Hood Insulation Pad
New Italian Hand Stitched Leather Steering Wheel Cover
New Italian Hand Stitched Leather Emergency Brake Boot
New MBZ Mfgr Windshield Decal
New Rubber Door Deals
New Halogen Headlight/Foglight Bulbs
New Dash Courtesy Light/Defroster Switches
Perfect Headliner and Dash
New (4) Michelin Defender 80,000 Mile Tires
No Rust
Includes Original Factory Jack Kit, spare, Owners Manuals

This car drives like it looks with no creaks or rattles. The Cosworth Handling Setup is extraordinary and is a blast to experience. Paint believed original and shows patina of age with a few minor door dings and scratches; original MBZ radio/cassette not working; 2 seams separating at top of rear seat due to sun exposure…otherwise the car presents and drives beautifully. This is my sixth 190e restoration – they’re fantastic – and this one is exceptional.

Vehicle is being offered ” as is where is with all its faults and charms ” on several sites and subject to prior sale. Serious buyers please call or text Rick at 862-251-1518. Vehicle is registered and driven daily so mileage may increase marginally; located in Sarasota FL – will assist in transport details as necessary.

While the seller makes reference to the Cosworth engined 190Es in the description, it’s really unfair to compare these two W201s, as they are vastly different machines. That’s not to say the 2.6 is a lesser vehicle. Quite the contrary. The smooth inline-6 engine in this car had just enough power and was perfectly mated to the 4-speed automatic gearbox. It was also entertaining with the 5-speed manual, if you could find one. Values for those Cosworth engined W201s have been climbing but standard 190E prices have held steady, even for rare editions like this one. Last summer, we saw a 1993 190E 2.6 Sportline equipped with the 5-speed manual gearbox sell for $8,300. That car had more than double the mileage on the odometer and was not a Limited Edition. However, for my tastes, I would have rather had the Sportline spec. Will the low mileage and rarity of the Limited Edition status bring the extra money asked here? I tend to doubt it, but the ask is not too far off the mark, in my opinion. If you have owned or driven one of these W201s, you instantly appreciate how such a small car can bring such a comfortable, big car feel to the table without compromising good handling and performance. This really was a do it all car in my opinion and one that I would love to get reacquainted with again in the near future.

-Paul

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5 Comments

  1. Pretty neat looking car.
    I even like the red highlights in the interior.
    Too bad about auto-box.
    Bet this would be a fun ride with a stick.

  2. As the owner of this vehicle, I would like to first thank GCFSB for taking the time too spotlight it.
    As noted in my listing, this is the 6th 190e I have restored as a hobby- not a business. I undertake each as if I am never going to sell them, so I usually loose money come resale.

    I wanted to make two points: First: Mercedes parts and labor are very expensive. Replacement of all four window regulators on this car alone exceeded $2000; Installation of a new Blower motor and switch over $1000. Add another $2000 for full brakes and major tuneup and you see how quickly things add up which very few reviewers consider.

    Second: The so-called MBZ carbon Fiber trim turns out to be black painted plywood with a silver dot stencil. Impossible to restore cracks in the gloss lacquer without damaging the stencil underneath. For those who like the CF look it is easily swapped out or you can cover it in 3M’s low-gloss 1080 wrap.

  3. …and yes these would be fun with a stick – but they were all came from the factory as automatics.

  4. Thanks for taking the time to comment Rick, and good luck with the sale!

  5. Fake carbon fiber from the factory?! Cheap cheap! That makes it doubly bad — it is singly bad in the sense that since the S4 did it it has been co-opted and overplayed to the Nth degree, even down to today. That Hyundai is not rad because it has real or fake carbon fiber in it. The Audi was rad because it did almost 25 years ago, and had the (for the time) specialness and performance to go with the cosmetics.

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