This 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E Sportline Limited Edition was first registered in West Virginia in October 1993 and shows registration history in California since 1996. The current owner acquired the car approximately two years ago in Oakland, California and has added 4,000 miles. 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 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 mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Features include Sportline-specific options such as sport-tuned suspension, quick-ratio steering, factory Recaro seats in the front and rear, a leather-wrapped sport design steering wheel, and the factory Sportline shift knob. The car is now being offered by the seller with 56k original miles on the odometer, a Carfax report showing linear mileage updates, the factory toolkit, manufacturer’s literature, two keys, and a clean California title.
The exterior is finished in Black (040) with all original body panels. As a final year Sportline Limited Edition, this 190E is debadged from the factory. This example retains original headlamps, corner markers, and taillamps. Exterior features include a tilting and sliding sunroof, power-adjustable passenger side mirror, and lower body cladding accented in Grey. The front tow hook cover is missing on the front bumper and a grille slat is shown with minor damage near the top of the grille. An original new-old-stock grille will be included in the sale. Minor damage is shown on the carfax in 2019 to the front left side of the car and not much information is known about the damage, however, minor damage is generally cosmetic only according to Carfax.
This 190E Sportline is equipped with original 15” 8-hole wheels wearing Yokohama Advan tires measuring 205/55 on all four corners and 2019 date codes shown. 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 Limited Edition-specific faux-carbon fiber trim on the center console and dashboard. The Sportline-Exclusive shift knob displays the Sportline logo and original carpet mats are shown in the cabin. Light creasing can be seen on the driver's seat bolster and all original equipment appears to be intact.
The black leather-wrapped Sport Design steering wheel frames a 140-mph speedometer, 7k-rpm tachometer, and an analog odometer with trip function showing 56k 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 4-speed automatic transmission. The seller has provided service documentation along with notable sales and press documents in the gallery below.
This 1993 190E Sportline is now being offered by the seller with 56k original miles on the odometer, a Carfax report showing linear mileage updates, the factory toolkit, manufacturer’s literature, two keys, and a clean California title.
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 for any collector or enthusiast. Notably the W201 chassis cars have been remembered for their longevity, affordability, and solid build quality but more recently, the W201's catching enthusiasts attention have been Cosworth-powered examples with three pedals or Evolution body kits. The Sportline, a slightly lesser remembered car, is arguably equally as special for all the tweaks and modifications made to the 190E's drivability. Spend 15 minutes behind the wheel of a Sportline and the difference will be instantly recognizable. We're confident this example will find a good home looking forward to thousands more miles in those two-tone Recaros.
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