This 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16v was originally sold and registered in Arlington, Virginia where it remained through 1995 with the first owner before being sold and moved to Oregon. In 2019, the current owner purchased the 190E in Tennessee where it’s currently registered. The car is finished in Black Pearl Metallic (199) over an Anthracite Leather (271) interior and powered by a Cosworth-tuned 2.3-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder paired with a dogleg 5-speed manual transmission. Features include original paint matched body work, a painted power sunroof, headlamp-integrated fog lamps, rear self-leveling suspension, OEM power-adjustable front Recaro seats, rear Recaro bucket seats, and Calico front and rear Coco Mats. A binder will accompany the sale displaying service and maintenance records dating back to 2007 through the present in addition to a stamped service booklet since new. Maintenance is reportedly up to date with most recent records coming from Blue Ridge MB, outside of Atlanta, Georgia. This 190E 2.3-16v shows 110k miles and is offered with complete factory literature, two keys, a complete original tool kit, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Tennessee title.
Finished in Black Pearl Metallic (199), this 190E recently received a complete detail and service from Blue Ridge MB. Included written and photo records indicate minor body work in 2007 to repair a dent in the driver’s side front window frame, repaint the driver’s side rear view mirror, and refinish the paint-matched driver door side molding. The original US-spec headlamps have been replaced with glass-housing European-spec units and feature integrated fog lamps. The windshield is a replacement unit showing no cracks or pitting. All other glass remains original and in good condition. Light scratches can be seen towards the bottom of the rear passenger door near the painted body work along with light rock chips across the nose of the car. A dent is also visible under the right rear tail lamp. The seller notes the front tow cover as missing but has included a rigid piece that can be affixed in place. The attached Carfax shows a clean history.
This example wears professionally refinished 15” Gullideckel wheels wrapped in Yokohama S-Drive tires with 2018 date codes. The wheels were refinished in 2019 along with a full suspension refresh. No curb rash, scuffs, or bends are present in the wheels and painted center caps are installed.
The cabin is trimmed in Anthracite Leather (271) across the OEM Recaro seats, door cards, head rests, shift knob, steering wheel, armrest, and dashboard. In 2007 the leather underwent a restoration for fading and light wear with notes in the included history binder. Zebrano wood trim, refinished by Madera Concepts in 2019, accents the cabin on the shifter surround and center console. Calico Coco Mats have been added to all four footwells over factory black carpet. Additional interior features include a new shift knob and boot, factory auxiliary gauges in the center console, R134 converted air conditioning, cruise control, a power antenna, and power sunroof. The factory front and rear Recaro seats show well with minimum wear along the bolsters and edges. All functions are operational including front seat motors, gauge readouts and backlighting, OEM Becker head unit, and the power antenna.
An Anthracite leather steering wheel frames the original gauge cluster with an analog odometer showing 110k miles. Instrumentation includes a 160-mph speedometer, a 7k-rpm tachometer with a 6k-rpm redline, and a clock embedded in the tachometer. Additional gauges include fuel level, coolant temperature, oil level, and a vacuum-actuated gauge for fuel economy. All backlighting functions as it should and the digital thermometer displays accurately.
The 2.3-liter M102 16-valve inline-four was developed in collaboration with Cosworth and was factory rated at 167 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a dogleg 5-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. Various records show thorough services in the binder including consistent fluid flushes and oil changes, a new fuel pump and filter, rebuilt shifter w/German linkages, replacement clutch, new exhaust, new suspension, new steering system, new brakes, new cooling system, new valve cover gasket, and other various services since 2007.
The Carfax report indicates no accidents or other damage along with linear mileage updates since new. This 190E 2.3-16v shows 110k miles and is offered with a stamped service booklet since new, complete factory literature, two keys, a complete original tool kit, a clean Carfax report, a binder showing 15 years of service history with receipts, and a clean Tennessee title.
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