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Economy With A Touch Of Class: The Four Cylinder 190E


When it first arrived on the scene, the Mercedes 190 ruffled a few feathers, as traditional Mercedes buyers were fearful that a small Benz might cheapen the brand image. Fast forward 30 years since its arrival on the scene, and it’s hard to imagine this conservatively styled, if compact sedan, offending anyone who is a fan of the marque, such has been the proliferation of new models in the lineup. Having grown up with a 190E 2.6 in our family, I’m a big fan of this car’s competent performance and classic build quality. It’s a car that did everything well yet didn’t shout about it. This 190E for sale in Germany isn’t a 2.6, but comes with a decent amount of kit and a 5-speed manual gearbox to get the most out of the powerplant.

Today, we’re featuring two four cylinder 190Es, one here in the US and another for sale in Germany. First, let’s take a look at a 190E 2.3 for sale in Kentucky.

Click for more details: 1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 on AutoTrader

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Year: 1991
Model: 190E 2.3
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 72,316 mi
Price: $5,875

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Collectors welcome. 72,000 original miles. This is a locally owned and serviced ONE owner. Wife quit driving, so it’s time to sell. Never smoked in- It is immaculate inside and out. The paint is crisp and clean. You won’t believe the interior condition- Wow! The condition would remind you of a much newer Mercedes- it’s that nice!! The trunk looks like nothing has been placed in it. Be proud to drive this all original classic. Serious inquires only- Please. Call or text 502-718-8263 Visit Louisville Fine Motorcars online at to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 502-718-8263 today to schedule your test drive.

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Certainly a nice 190E but nearing $6,000 is a big ask for a four cylinder version of this car. If we were dealing with the 2.6, we might be in the ballpark, but otherwise, this is probably around a $4,500 to $5,000 car at most, as it sits.

Next, let’s take a look at a model not offered in the US, a 190E 1.8 with a 5-speed manual gearbox for sale west of Stuttgart, Germany near the French border.

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Click for more details: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 1.8 on

Year: 1992
Model: 190E 1.8
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 17,920 km (~ 11,135 mi)
Price: 11,900 (~ $16,235 USD)

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This 190E 1.8 is in sensational condition! One can’t even speak of the new state here. The vehicle was delivered to Italy in 1992 and was continuously registered to the same owner (born in 1930). It was always dry stored. Over the years, three maintenance services were performed and confirmed in the service booklet, despite the low mileage. The 190 is in perfect original condition. There are numerous control color markings and stickers from production one can no longer find in a 20 year old vehicle. Even the tires are still the first set from 1992! On request, the car gets a comprehensive maintenance service with change of all fluids and of course the tires. The perfect Christmas gift without loss of value. Delivery possible.

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This is surely one minter of a 190E, but this car is two years away from being legal on US roads. If you must have the cleanest four cylinder 190E out there, however, one could always pick this car up and store it until it is time to register. But it will be a pricey proposition. If the 190E 2.3 above was a big ask, this 1.8 model is priced in the stratosphere. There are a few items lacking that one would usually find on US market 190Es such as alloy wheels and an airbag, but for me, that adds to the charm of this sedan.