Lot 298

Driving into Summer

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II


$231,000 USD | Sold

Canada Flag | Richmond, British Columbia



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  • Highly desirable Evo II model; one of 502 produced
  • Originally delivered to Japan
  • Getrag five-speed manual gearbox
  • Includes data card, service records, and import documentation
  • Accompanied by manuals and tool roll
Addendum: Please note that an import duty of 2.5% of the purchase price is payable on this lot if the buyer is a resident of the United States.

Born from intense competition with BMW’s superb M3, the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 was the result of a partnership with famed engineering firm Cosworth. The W201 chassis was beefed up with larger anti-roll bars, harder bushings, limited-slip differential, quicker dampers, and a faster steering ratio. Getrag provided the five-speed dogleg gearbox to ensure fast and easy gear selection. Cosworth took the standard 2.3-liter 8-valve engine and fitted a light alloy cylinder head, dual-overhead cams, and four valves per cylinder. Continued development resulted in an increase in engine displacement to 2.5-liters in 1988 and the Evolution variants of the 190 Cosworth.

The initial Evo model overhauled the platform into a thoroughbred racer by installing a tuned version of the 2.5-liter motor. A higher rev limit, larger brakes, and improved tires meant the Evolution accelerated and stopped better than ever before. Further enhancements included wider a front and rear track, stiffer adjustable suspension, and revised bodywork. For the Evo II model, the engineers squeezed out more potential to an impressive 235 hp. Brembo four-piston calipers were quick to bring the car to a halt. The true highlight of the Evo II is the aero kit that features a towering rear spoiler, imposing fender flairs, and an even more aggressive front splitter.

This rare Evo II was delivered new from Germany directly to a customer in Japan, where it resided until 2015. Its Japanese owner carefully maintained this very special high-performance Mercedes-Benz and kept the service records that still accompany the car. A Canadian collector acquired the Evo II, importing it to British Columbia. The original export certificate, dated 2015, is included with the car, as are receipts that illustrate the loving attention this Mercedes-Benz has received since its arrival in North America.

Today the car has logged some 42,000 kilometers (~26,100 miles) on the odometer. This example is a later version that features an airbag steering wheel as well as cloth pepita seat inserts that are rarely seen in the model. The red leather bag containing the factory books and manuals, all printed in Japanese, as well as the factory tool roll issued to the car when new are included.

With a unique Japanese provenance and captivating character, this very rare 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II is highly coveted by Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts the world over.