This 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E is powered by a 2.3-liter inline-four mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and shows just 66k miles from new. Finished in Anthracite Gray Metallic (172) over Gray MB-Tex (178), equipment includes a power sliding sunroof, central locking, cruise control, automatic climate control and a Becker Mexico Grand Prix radio. Recent maintenance included a new fuel accumulator, an engine oil change and a new ignition tumbler. Included with the car is the original service booklet, stamped and filled out, along with original documentation and literature. This manual W201 is now offered for sale by the selling dealer in Stratford, Connecticut with the original keys, tool kit, first aid kit, a clean Carfax report and a clean Indiana title.
The exterior is finished in Anthracite Gray Metallic (172) and features black rocker panels, bumpers and side mirrors. Exterior features include a power sliding sunroof, an automatic antenna, a heated rear window and heated door mirrors with a power-adjustable passenger side. The exterior shows minor imperfections including scratches in the bumpers as well as minor paint chips with no signs of damage or rust present on the vehicle. The hood emblem has been replaced with a Mercedes badge.
The factory 15” Gullideckel wheels come wrapped in a set of Goodyear Assurance tires measuring 185/65 on all four corners and wear date codes from 2012. The finish on the wheels is damage-free and shows no signs of oxidation. A full-size spare can be found mounted below the trunk floor along with the factory tool kit and jack.
The manually-adjustable seats are trimmed in Gray MB-Tex (178) with matching gray carpets and floor mats while Zebrano wood trim lines the center console. The wood trim shows no signs of cracking or fading. Interior features include automatic climate control, central locking, cruise control, a folding center armrest and the original Becker Mexico Grand Prix radio. The seller reports that the passenger-side window switches occasionally fail to function on the first press and that the luggage-net plastic frames have cracked. The floor mats were replaced in July 2022 along with the ignition tumbler and the AC is reported as functional.
The four-spoke steering wheel frames VDO instrumentation including a 120-mph speedometer, a 7k-rpm tachometer and gauges for fuel level, economy, coolant temperature and oil pressure. The six-digit odometer currently reads just below 66k miles from new. A row of warning lights sits below the cluster and shows a digital outside temperature sensor mounted in the center.
This W201 is powered by an inline four-cylinder engine which is factory rated at 121 horsepower and 136 lb-ft of torque which is sent to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission. The fuel accumulator was replaced in March 2023 while an engine oil and oil filter change was performed in July 2022 along with new hood insulation. The original stamped service booklet is included with the car and documented in the photo gallery below. Underbody photos have been provided by the seller in the gallery.
The Carfax report shows the car being sold in January 1986 with linear mileage updates and New Hampshire registration from new. Regular service visits are reported with no accidents or damage reports shown. This 190E is now offered with three keys, original documentation, manufacturer’s literature, the original tool kit, first aid kit, a clean Carfax report and a clean Indiana title.
A walk-around and driving video has been provided by the seller below.
In an effort to capture more of the growing luxury market and appeal to a younger audience, Mercedes-Benz made the decision to develop their first compact car, dubbed the 190E. In classic Mercedes fashion, a healthy dose of over-engineering was applied, developing advanced features such as a multi-link rear suspension and optimized bodywork with a low coefficient of drag. The high level of build quality paired with the Sacco styling ensured that the W201 was well received and was affectionately named, “The Baby-Benz”. This example sports a rare 5-speed manual transmission and comes finished in rare Anthracite Gray Metallic which compliments the three-box design. With just 66k original miles, this 190E is certainly on the cleaner end of the spectrum and includes a litany of original equipment and documentation. Given the W201’s significance in the history of the brand, 190E’s have begun to receive much more attention from collectors and this example sure wouldn’t be a bad place to start!
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