1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16v

There isn’t a whole lot more to be said about the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16v. We’ve featured them here from time to time and the general consensus is that is a real winner in terms of actual driving experience vs. the price you pay. The prices have sure shot up over the past decade on them, but there aren’t a lot of cars from this era that are worth a damn that didn’t. I think every one realized that the these cars are from an era that is never coming back and thus, making them collectible. I’m sure everyone regrets not buying one of these went they were $7,500 thinking they’d stay around this price for a while and they’d get one when they made a little more money or when the kids were grown, but at least it isn’t like the Porsche 964 where an average car with over 100,000 miles is now $50,000.

Today’s car, a 1986 up for sale in California, is an interesting example. Is isn’t a garage queen, having just over 100,000 miles, but looking at the condition, you’d swear it had around half that. Naturally, you’d expect a giant price tag trying to catch lightning in a bottle from someone who falls in love with it on a whim, but believe it or not, it really isn’t all that bad compared to the current market for them.

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Motorsports Monday: Niki Lauda’s 1984 Mercedes-Benz 190e 2.3-16v

To celebrate the opening of the newly revised Nürburgring in 1984, Mercedes-Benz organized a friendly, yet still fiercely competitive race between some of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time. That means names like Sir Stirling Moss, James Hunt, Alain Prost  , Phil Hill, and upstart Ayrton Senna were among the drives in the field. What were they all driving? None other than the then-new 190E 2.3-16V. All of these cars were slightly modified for the race with bolt-in roll cages and some racing seats but other than that, they ran the cars as-is. The winner of the race was the 24 year-old Senna, which isn’t much of a surprise when looking back now, but the driver who finished 2nd? Nikki Lauda. This is his car he raced and yes, it is now for sale.

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1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16

The Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16V is quickly becoming one of those ”snatch one up while you can” cars. Much like it’s rival E30 BMW M3, these are becoming hot buys in terms of driving enjoyment and collectibility. They aren’t quite at the level of the E30 M3 where people are pulling them out of the bottoms of lakes and selling them as-is for $12,000 yet, but probably in the next few years we’ll get to that point. That’s probably why this 1986 is still for sale in San Diego. Well that, and a few other areas of this car certainly need some attention.

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1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16V

Just the other day, Paul looked at a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16V in Germany, commenting on how in spite of a long race history in the DTM, prices on even very clean examples of these venerable W201 sport sedans have not increased anywhere as close as the BMW M3 or even the Audi Quattro. For enthusiasts, that’s a good thing since it’s one of the few affordable super-sedans of the 1980s that’s left. Performance from the 190E fell in between the Audi and BMW in most conditions, but today a pretty clean example can be had for only a fraction of the others:

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1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16V Cosworth

If you’ve been watching in dismay as E30 M3 prices have gone through the roof, there’s still two ways to get your 1980s German touring car fix. If you’re unconventional, you do what Audi did and choose the V8 quattro, the dark horse (and two time champion, don’t forget) of the DTM. People that complained that Audi “cheated” to create the winning force obviously aren’t familiar with the creative race constructions of Porsche, BMW or Mercedes-Benz. The latter, in fact, employed Formula 1 in the last of the barely-recognizable 190E racers. But the legend that was Mercedes-Benz created a lesser-known and generally lesser appreciated legend in those 190E racers; powered by Cosworth Technology-designed twin-cam 16 valve engines and originally intended to replace the 450SLC 5.0 in the World Rally Championship, the 190E 2.3 and 2.5-16 Valves found themselves at home on the track, and consequently with an enthusiastic fan base. Today, the 190E 2.3 16V can generally be had for significantly less than their more famous counterpart, the E30 M3. Take a look at this example:

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1987 Mercedes 190E 2.3 16v Cosworth

Originally developed for rally racing, the Cosworth developed 190E was the right car at the wrong time. Set to compete against the dominant Audi Quattros, Cosworth switched its sights to DTM (German Touring Car) racing. This was probably the best outcome for Cosworth, Mercedes-Benz and car enthusiasts the world over, as Mercedes-Benz now had to build road going versions of the 190E Cosworth to meet the requirements for competing in the DTM championship.

With help from Cosworth, the 190 went from an economy sedan to a rocket ship for the streets. The M102 2.3-liter 8-valve, received the Cosworth treatment resulting 167 hp and 162 lb·ft. The power was put to the rear wheels by a Getrag 5-speed that featured a ‘dog-leg’ first gear, and a limited slip differential.

This low mileage Cossie for sale in Fort Lee, New Jersey is a well preserved example of ’80s motorsport history.

1987 Mercedes 190E 2.3 16v Cosworth on eBay.com

Classic 1987 Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth
Up for sale is a special 1987 Mercedes Benz 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth with low mileage and vivid history. The car belonged to the Automobile Magazine editor Jason Camissa featuring in 2008 Feb. issued article “Second Hand Thrills”.
The motor is strong and the 5 speed dog-leg shifts well. The interior is very clean and no wear on the leather. All original paint except the grill and hood resprayed to the body color code 199 and mirrors painted to BMW Imola Red color code 405. The Evo II wheels condition is 9/10.  I will include the 4 Pilot Sport all season’s 235/40/ZR17s and 500E front pads and rotors with the asking price.

Hella European headlights, Evo II wheels, Bilstein HD shocks and Vogtland springs in the front. The original front struts and springs are included in the sale. Rear Self Leveling System retained and lowered 1 inch by adjusting the linkage/ arms.

The factory Evo I front bumper/lip/splitter sold separately.
The rear wheels starting to squeak noise; the rear wheel bearings may need to be replaced. The small cover on the front bumper is missing A/C need to be served.

Contact me if you have any questions.

This is a car that I’ve always wanted to own. After driving one a few years back, I fell in love. With 45,000 miles this is the ideal condition to buy one of these in, not so pristine that you’re afraid to drive it, but not so many miles that it needs too much. In my eyes, this is the perfect compromise for a car to add to a collection. While the car has a few great upgrades, like the Evo II wheels and upgraded suspension, the painted mirrors, grill, and other bits simply need to go.

Seeing this car listed at $8,950 is refreshing. It seems as though many Cossie owners are trying to ride the wave of E30 M3 pricing and price these cars in the stratosphere when they’re just not there yet. This car with the mileage and the condition is a bargain at this price and a good opportunity to get in to one of these on the ground floor, as they will only appreciate in the years to come.