This 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E Sportline Limited Edition was sold new in New Jersey in April 1993 and has lived in Texas since the seller's acquisition in July 2018. This 190E is 1 of 700 Sportline Limited Editions which features the 2.6L M103, two-tone Black and Red leather interior, faux-carbon fiber interior trim, and a debadged trunk lid. The transmission has been swapped to a 5-speed transmission and the datacard shows the Sportline code (952) as factory equipped. Finished in Black (040) over Black and Red Leather (279), this 190E is powered by a 2.6-liter M103 straight-six with the odometer currently showing 161,458 miles, approximately 1,500 of which have been added by the seller. Features include Sportline-specific options such as sport-tuned suspension, quick-ratio steering, factory Recaro seats in the front and rear, and a leather-wrapped sport design steering wheel. The factory Sportline gear selector was replaced with a standard 5-speed manual shift knob when the transmission swap was performed by the seller. The car is now being offered by the seller with a clean Carfax report, the factory toolkit, manufacturer’s literature, two keys, and a clean Texas title.
The exterior is finished in Black (040) with all original body panels. The seller notes minor rock chips on the nose of the car and a ding under the rear tail lamp along with a small rust bubble under the rear passenger window (shown in the gallery). As a final year Sportline Limited Edition, this 190E is debadged from the factory. This example retains original head lamps and corner markers while aftermarket tail lamps have been added. Exterior features include a tilting and sliding sunroof, power-adjustable passenger side mirror, and lower body cladding accented in Grey.
This 190E Sportline is equipped with original 15” 8-hole wheels wearing Yokohama S-Drive tires measuring 205/55 on all four corners. According to the seller, the tires are relatively new and have approximately 1k miles driven on them. The Sportline features wider wheels and tires than the standard 190E versions and includes painted center caps. Braking is handled by discs at all four wheels, and Sportline equipment includes a sport-tuned suspension with a lowered ride height featuring shorter, stiffer springs, struts, anti-roll bars, and bushings.
In the cabin, the seats are upholstered in Black and Red Leather (279) with Red piping on the seats and door cards. The steering wheels and shift knob are wrapped in black leather and accented by Limted Edition-specific faux-carbon fiber trim on the center console and dashboard. Features include power windows, automatic climate control, and an aftermarket head unit with Bluetooth capabilities. The speakers have all been replaced with size-specific Morels featuring coaxial wiring up front and component in the rear. Additionally, the car is wired for an amplifier and subwoofer with high quality components to the trunk.
The black leather-wrapped steering wheel frames a 140-mph speedometer, 7k-rpm tachometer, and an analog odometer with trip function showing 161,458 miles. Additional readouts include fuel level, coolant temperature, and oil pressure along with an analog clock set into the tachometer.
The 2.6-liter M103 straight-six is rated at 164 horsepower and 168 lb-ft of torque from the factory. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission which was swapped for the factory automatic by the seller. During the process, the pressure plate and clutch disc were both upgraded to that of a 300E. In addition to the swap, the car received a 3.27 differential and upgraded exhaust system with free-flow resonator and upgraded muffler. The owner has documented records showing new spark plugs, wires, distributor rotor and cap, injectors, over-voltage protection relay, hood pad, fuel filter, air filter, and oil filter for a recent oil change.
The Carfax report shows no accidents or other damage along with linear mileage updates and regular services throughout its life. This 190E Sportline is now being offered by the seller with a clean Carfax report, the factory toolkit, manufacturer’s literature, two keys (one of which is factory and the second aftermarket), and a clean Texas title.
A cold start and driving video are viewable below showing the car shifting through all five gears and reverse. Additionally, a walk around and interior tour of the car can be seen along with a drive away video highlighting the exhaust note and a video showing the operation of the window(s) and sunroof.
As a 190E Sportline, this car already had our attention. Combine the last model year with the 2.6 Limited Edition designation and it’s truly a special example. The coup de grace, however, comes with the proper manual swap on this specific example. For a car that should have been spec’d with three pedals from the beginning, the Sportline was oddly never offered as such from the factory. This 190E has been enthusiast-owned and maintained to a high standard. As many other manual 190E owners can attest, this is a car that you must buy after you drive it. The nimble W201 chassis is only that much better with the stiffer Sportline springs and quick ratio steering. There's a difference of six figures worth of value between the Evo examples and this Sportline Limited Edition, which for us means this is the deal of the year.
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