This 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E was originally ordered via the Coblenz, Germany branch and was imported as a "grey market" example by F.R. Kassler on August 5, 1985. Showing just under 90k miles, this 190E is powered by a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine mated with a replacement 5-speed manual transmission driving the rear wheels. Finished in Diamond Blue Metallic (355) over Blue Velour (972), this car features an era-correct body kit from tuner MTS, 15” Rial mesh wheels, upgraded bilstein suspension, power windows, air conditioning and a power operated driver seat. Recent maintenance includes a refreshing the suspension and new EHA valve. Now showing 90,350 miles, this 190E is now offered for sale by the current owner with the original tool kit, manufacturer's book and literature, Mercedes-Benz sales brochures, original MTS installation instructions, OEM hang tags, first aid kit, spare tire, a clean Carfax report and a clean Oregon title.
The exterior of this 190E is finished in Diamond Blue Metallic (355) and features an MTS body kit including sculpted front and rear bumpers, fender flares and side skirts, as well as a period correct FOHA rear spoiler fitted by the current owner. The car is believed to have been previously repainted under previous ownership. The seller notes peeling paint on the C pillars as well as scratches and paint chips on the bumpers.
This W201 wears a set of color-matched 15” Rial mesh wheels wearing Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires measuring 205/50 all around with 2019 date codes. The wheel centers are painted in a matching blue color and show only minimal signs of wear and curb rash. A suspension refresh included new Bilstein B8 shock absorbers, bump stops, top mounts and new ball joints.
The cabin is finished in Blue Velour (972) which lines the seats, door cards and arm rest with matching Blue MB Tex on the dash and door panels. Features included a power operated sliding sunroof, central locking, power adjustable driver seat, power adjustable passenger side door mirror, air conditioning, power windows, heated rear window and a Philips stereo. Some wear on the driver seat bottom is noted as well as a tear on the side bolster.
The gauge cluster features a 140-mph speedometer with a mechanical odometer which currently reads 90,350 miles, 2,500 of which were added by the current owner in the past two and a half years. Other gauges include a tachometer, fuel level, fuel economy, oil pressure, coolant temperature and an analogue clock. The seller notes that the tachometer and cruise control are currently not functional.
The 2.0-liter inline-four is factory rated at 120 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque. Under the current ownership, the automatic transmission was replaced with a 5-speed manual transmission using all OEM parts. The engine is said to have received a tune up within the past 500 miles.
Recent service under current ownership included an EHA valve replacement and full suspension refresh. This 190E is offered with the original tool kit, manufacturer's book and literature, Mercedes-Benz sales brochures, original MTS installation instructions, OEM hang tags, first aid kit, spare tire, a clean Carfax report and a clean Oregon title.
The seller has included a video showing a cold start and walk around.
In the mid 1980s, tuning culture centered around European cars was at its peak with big names such as AMG, Brabus, Gemballa and many others tuning, styling and otherwise modifying anything they could get their hands on. Given the release of the new compact offering from Mercedes-Benz, the W201 was the perfect car for body kits, suspension modifications and the like. Today, surviving examples from this era are not all too common, but this 190E with a period MTS body kit, Rial wheels and FOHA rear spoiler is a classic example of just what this era of tuning culture represented. Paired with its fresh Bilstein suspension and completed manual swap, this 190E now has both the sporty styling and driving experience to match.
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