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Now Legal for Import Double Take: Mercedes-Benz 190E Sportlines

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Look closely and you might mistake these two Mercedes-Benz 190Es and you might mistake them for any other run of the mill W201. Dig a little deeper and you’ll notice they are sitting just a little bit lower on their haunches and a small badge on the lower front fender: Sportline. This was an option that added a tauter suspension and differing interior trim to the usual baby Benz package. While the 190E 2.3-16, 2.5-16 and Evo models carried the performance torch for the W201 lineup, the Sportline option gave buyers the ability to have something just a bit different than your run of the mill Mercedes sedan. First up, we have a 1990 190E 2.6 Sportline for sale south of Munich, Germany with just 53,000 miles on the clock.

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Year: 1990
Model: 190E 2.6 Sportline
Engine: 2.6 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 86,258 km (~ 53,598 mi)
Price: €10,500 (~ $11,284 USD)

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Beautiful Mercedes-Benz 190 2.6 for sale in elegant Blue Black Metallic in the Sportline equipment.
Very rare 5-speed manual transmission
Interior in black with gray and black patterned sports seats factory code 071A
Electric steel sliding-lifting roof
Front and rear power windows
Heat-insulating green glass
Sports suspension
15-hole alloy wheels and spare wheel
Cruise control
Automatic Locking Differential ASD
HJS air systems retrofitted, therefore EUR 2 m. lower tax rate (~ €192.00)
2011 Retrofitting a BRC LPG system (registered) with Radmuldentank (67 ltr.) And Gasfüllanschluß behind the fuel filler flap
The car is accident free, but scratches have been touched up at various spots
No rust, jacking points ok
Professional paint polish
Mileage verifiable
Various accessories available for the refinement of this attractive baby Benz available:
17″ original Mercedes-Benz 2.5 16V Evolution aluminum wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tires like new
3-spoke leather steering wheel Nardi wood
Original Mercedes-Benz leather steering wheel 390 mm
2x Recaro sport seats leather, electrically adjustable and heated seats with (new)
Special, powerful headlights with turn signals and taillights in smoked glass optics

Every time I see a 190E 2.6, I have really fond memories of driving around in the one my family owned during my college years. At that time, the car was about a decade old, but with the quality issues surrounding new Mercedes models at the time, people were looking back at the early 1990s as a sort of golden era for quality. Everyone who came across that Diamond Blue sedan loved it. This 190E 2.6 Sportline has a bit meaner presence and the patterned cloth sport seats are a nice diversion from the usual MBTex and leather we see in these cars. The price is about on par with what you’d expect to pay for one of these 5-speed equipped models in the US in this condition with low mileage, but you’ll of course pay a little bit of a premium when it comes to importation and shipping costs.

Want something a bit more fuel efficient but that retains that sporty edge? How about this 190E 1.8 Sportline for sale in Düsseldorf, Germany? This one is also equipped with the 5-speed manual gearbox and has even less miles on it than the 2.6 Sportline above, as it is just approaching 40,000 miles.

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Year: 1990
Model: 190E 1.8 Sportline
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 63,900 km (~ 39,705 mi)
Price: €5,900 (~ $6,343 USD)

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Mercedes Benz 190 E 1.8 Sportline
Sport seats front and rear
5-speed manual transmission
Alloy wheels
Electric steel slide/tilt sunroof
Tinted glass
Foglight package
Leather steering wheel
Power steering
Radio-Cass Becker Grand Prix
Electric antenna
Electric Auißenspiegel right
height-adjustable driver seat
Trade-in their vehicle possible.
TÜV at extra charge NEW.
Errors in price, description and amenities possible.
Changes and prior sale possible.

Of these two 190E Sportlines, I would have to choose the 2.6. Having grown up with a 190E 2.6, I was always impressed how smooth this motor was. With the 5-speed manual and the tighter suspension, it certainly has to increase the fun factor. However, those blue leather sport seats in the 1.8 are quite tempting, perfectly matched with the silver paintwork. The wheels might not be stock, but at least they are sized proportionally to the car. Good 190Es are getting harder to find in the US, so if you’re determined to have one and maybe want a little bit of a sporting edge without going the whole 190E 2.3-16 or Evo route, check out one of these late model Sportline models.



  1. Brad
    Brad January 7, 2016

    Friend had a new 6 cylinder in college, red with wood and black leather, gorgeous. MB is totally incapable of making that car today.

  2. Scott
    Scott January 8, 2016

    Not sure if I care for the “cheap suit” interior cloth but the overall package is interesting. Totally agree – M-B has lost their way judging by the new offerings here in the US.

  3. Tony. K
    Tony. K January 8, 2016

    It appears the 6 cylinder black car is retrofitted for propane fuel!…

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