Posts Tagged ‘w201’

No Box Flares – 1987 Mercedes 190E 2.3-16

January 25, 2016

There aren’t many ways into a limited production car, built for homologation purposes, with a genuine motorsports connection, within our self-imposed budget cap. The Cosworth-head version of the W201 190E is a pretty rare car, and it takes quite a bit of luck to find one with a manual transmission that hasn’t been neglected or subjected to questionable modifications. With a couple of thousand made – a quick search shows production of somewhere in the 2-3000 range – and some of those equipped with 4-speed automatic transmissions, and plenty with over 200,000 miles on them, it’s worth a closer look at this Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 for sale for $4500 in Vancouver, WA.

1987 Mercedes 190E right rear


East Coast vs. West Coast – Pair of 1985 Mercedes 190E 2.3 5-speeds

September 21, 2013

With BMW M3s going skywards in value, I’ve been fantasizing about picking up a similar car while they’re still at the bottom of their depreciation curve. Unfortunately a good, sorted BMW M5 or Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth will still set you back $15-20,000, possibly more for a stellar example. Sooo, what to do on a baby budget? Pick up a version of the first baby Benz, that’s what – and it might be a surprise that these little cars were available with 5-speed manual transmissions when they came out. Check out the first choice, a pale yellow 1985 190E 2.3 for $2000 in Durham, NC.

1985 Mercedes 190E 2.3 right front