Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II for sale

A US dealer currently has a perfect Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II for sale. However, its asking price is outrageously high.

When the Corona lockdown phase in Germany was at its peak about a year ago, there was a lot of talk about modesty. Whether society, industry or even professional sport: all areas of life should be approached with more humility and the greatest possible sustainability concept, financial and environmental resources should be used with a sense of proportion. What's left of it? Billionaires are now flying to the edge of space for a lot of money and a few minutes, sports professionals are changing clubs for hundreds of millions of euros and cars are changing hands for more than 20 million dollars .

Humility, sustainability and a sense of proportion do not seem to be terms that are used all too often in the Speedart Motorsports showrooms. Or how else can it be explained that the Miami-based dealer of exclusive automobiles (mostly from Europe, especially from Germany) is currently offering a Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II for a whopping $ 475,000? This currently corresponds to around 406,000 euros and around double what a copy of the legendary homologation model is currently worth .

Perfect condition and few kilometers

Admittedly: The condition of the wildly inspired sports Mercedes with the chassis number WDB2010361F738813 seems to be perfect, the odometer reading is manageable at 11,339 miles (almost 18,250 kilometers). But already with the - at least well documented - history it gets complicated: The Evo II, which was produced in Sindelfingen in the last week of May 1990, was first delivered to a customer in Lower Saxony and sold to Portugal in 1993 after almost 10,000 kilometers had been covered. On the north-west coast there, he reeled off another 8,000 kilometers before coming to a Dutch dealer in 2015. A Greek businessman bought number 473 of only 502 produced copies of the small series, whereby the Sch├╝rzen-Benz in his hands was serviced more than driven (143 kilometers). In 2020, the Swabian came to the current provider, who since then only claims to have moved him a good 100 kilometers - and that only as part of maintenance.

Although the Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II is considered the epitome of a homologation model, the road model lacked the last sportiness even in the DTM heyday. Despite fine-tuning by AMG and Cosworth, the 235 hp and a maximum of 245 Nm strong 2.5-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine lacks the last bite. The lowered sports suspension, the manual five-speed Getrag transmission and the Brembo brake system are considered anything but uncompromising. At least the fat-cheeked look with the adjustable mega rear spoiler makes one expect more dynamic consistency than the Evo II is actually able to deliver.

Safety and comfort instead of sportiness

And then the first owner also equipped his car with the popular comfort package. Means: The king of all 190s has, among other things, air conditioning, heated front seats, loudspeakers in the rear and a steel sliding/lifting roof. The selected equipment options "rear headrests" and "Radio Becker Grand Prix Cassette" also show that the initial configuration was more focused on safety and comfort than on sportiness. The four individual Recaro seats typical of the Evo are clad in black perforated leather.

Like all 499 other examples in customer hands (the only two cars in astral silver remained in factory ownership at Mercedes and AMG), this Evo II proudly wears the color blue-black metallic. According to the seller, this is the first coat. The original rust prevention should still be visible on the underbody, the engine and interior carry the title "like on the day of the first delivery" and all technical systems should work perfectly. It goes without saying that all manuals including the service booklet, the spare keys and the original and complete on-board tools are included.

Conclusion

In 1990, the Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II cost 136,620 marks new. Anyone who exchanged this amount when the new currency was introduced in 2002 received 69,904 euros. Now Speedart Motorsports wants to see almost six times as much for the DTM homologation model. The question arises: does anyone want to make a quick buck here? Or maybe just test the market a bit? In any case, it would be surprising if someone would spend so much money on this car at this point in time. But even in times of a pandemic, financial craziness is inevitable. By the way, German dealers also have them: This Evo II offered in autumn was even more expensive .

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