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1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 Evolution II Saloon For Sale

Lot No: 522

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 Evolution II Saloon

Chassis no. WDB2010361F737861

Engine no. 10299210000260

Estimate: £36,000 – 40,000


Mercedes-Benz went head to head with BMW when it launched the compact 190 Series in December 1982, expanding its market to include motorists hitherto unable to afford the Stuttgart manufacturer’s high-quality products. This policy proved an outstanding success, with sales of the 190 totalling almost two million over the course of its ten-year production life.

A conventional front-engine, rear-drive, four-door saloon, the 190 was available with a variety of engines ranging from a 1.8-litre four to a 2.6-litre six, plus 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre diesels. Mercedes-Benz’s engineers contrived to offer generous interior accommodation, rivalling that of the firm’s larger models despite the 190’s compact overall dimensions, while an ingenious new computer-designed five-link rear suspension system was combined with conventional McPherson struts at the front to ensure excellent roadholding without compromising ride comfort.

A sports model was not long in coming, the 185bhp 2.3-16 joining the expanding 190 range in the autumn of 1983, to be followed by the more powerful 2.5-16 in 1985. Produced with touring car racing in mind, limited edition Evolution and Evolution II versions had arrived by the decade’s end.

Premiered at the 1990 Geneva Motor Show, the ‘Evo II’ featured a dramatic looking body kit, complete with huge rear wing. The latter had been necessitated by Group A rules that did not permit any non-production aerodynamic devices to be fitted for racing, and was mounted so that it did not interfere with rearward vision, another requirement. Although its exterior appearance suggested the racetrack, the Evolution II’s interior remained strictly ‘business class’, with opulent leather upholstery and wood veneer embellishment in the best Mercedes-Benz tradition.

Under the bonnet, the 2.5-litre 16-valve four had been mildly tweaked, producing 231bhp, some 36 horsepower more than the stock version. A top speed of 250km/h (155mph) and a 0-100km/h (62mph) time of 8.1 seconds were claimed. The running gear was suitably upgraded to cope with the increased performance, incorporating larger brakes, stiffer springing and 17 diameter wheels, while the self-levelling suspension’s adjustable ride height feature was retained.

Mercedes 190

Within a few months of its launch, the 502 cars required for Group A homologation had been completed. On the racetrack the ‘Evo II’ performed as well as its competition-inspired looks suggested it should, Klaus Ludwig duly clinching the DTM Championship for Mercedes-Benz in 1992.

Its history unknown prior to 1999, this left-hand drive ‘Evo II’ remained in France in the hands of only one owner from that date until 2007, since when it has been stored as part of a private collection in Spain. Finished in the model’s characteristic black with matching full leather interior, the car is described by the vendor as in generally good original condition: accident/rust free and with its standard engine running well. Still French registered, this highly desirable and rare Mercedes-Benz super-saloon is offered with Carte Grise, post-1998 service history and manufacturer’s Declaration of Conformity confirming that it is a genuine Evolution II model.

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