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Lot 165: Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth

Annual Yuletide Classic+Collectors and Sports-Cars, Barons (12 December 2011)

Mercedes Benz spent around 600, 000,000 on research and development for the W210 190 and subsequently said it was 'massively over-engineered. The W201-based 190 was introduced in November 1982 as the "entry level" Mercedes. Local difficulties in Bremen (which produced commercial vehicles at the time) prevented Mercedes-Benz from building the 190 at that facility, so production was started in Sindelfingen at a capacity of just 140,000 units per year. Eventually after just the first year, Bremen was cleared for production of the 190, replacing its commercial vehicle lines, and there the 190 was built with the first running modifications since release. The 190E has a super-efficient distributor pump injection system. This uses the air entering the throttle body to adjust the air fuel mixture accordingly, eliminating the need for complex computers. As a result, the 190E is well known for lasting well over 300,000 miles. Mercedes had hoped to go rallying with the 190 but this desire coincided with the dominance of the Audi Quattro, so this project was quietly dropped. With a continued desire to compete in high-profile motor sport with the 190, and also now an engine to do it with, Mercedes turned to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM) (German Touring Car Championship) motor sport series instead. Cars racing in this championship, however, had to be based on a road-going model. Mercedes therefore had build an homolgation production version of the 190 fitted with a detuned version of a Cosworth engine. This high performance model was known as the 190 E 2.3-16, and debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 1983, after its reputation had already been established. Three cars, only slightly cosmetically altered, had set three world records in August at the Nardo testing facility in Italy, recording a combined average speed of 154.06 mph (247.94 km/h) over the 50,000 km endurance test, and establishing twelve international endurance records. Offered here is a 1987 example of the 190 Cosworth, which is said to have benefited from much expenditure on a rebuild of the 16 valve engine, a new clutch and a full repaint around 3 to 4 years ago. Finished in black with black/grey half leather interior, the car has an MoT through to Nov 2012 and is described as a future classic. The vendor also states that the original grill is with the car.

Lot Details
Auction Annual Yuletide Classic+Collectors and Sports-Cars
Barons, Surrey
TypeCar
Lot Number165
Estimate£3000-£4000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£2750
Year1987
Condition rating
Registration numberD864 XVV
Mileage-
Chassis numberWDB2010342F161115
Engine number10298320009816
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4