1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth 2.5-16

*** Interested parties should note, this vehicle was subject to a CAT S insurance loss in 10/2023 ***


  • Desirable right-hand drive, UK-supplied example
  • Commendably original throughout
  • Presented in very good overall condition
  • Offered with a valid MOT
  • Numerous invoices accompany the car

The Appeal

While today it’s remembered for its legendary DTM exploits, the 190 Cosworth was never originally intended for touring car competition. Mercedes-Benz believed that their compact 190 saloon, with its multi-link rear suspension, would be well-suited to take on the the BDA Ford Escorts and the Talbot Sunbeam Lotus. Cosworth was therefore tasked with developing a 16-valve cylinder head and Mercedes began the development of its roadgoing homologation cars. 
It was all going swimmingly. But then the Quattro arrived and changed everything.
Now that four-wheel drive had changed the face of rallying more or less overnight, Mercedes-Benz abandoned hopes of winning with a rear-wheel drive 190 and instead turned to Group A touring car. This last-ditch attempt not to waste the efforts an expensive racing programme proved a masterstroke, and the 190 Cosworth would go on to be one of the most successful competition cars of its era. 
A young Ayrton Senna piloted his Cosworth to a glorious DTM victory in 1984, while roadgoing homologation specials were sported by Stirling Moss, John Surtees, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Keke Rosberg, Jacques Laffite, Alain Prost and many more…
This 190E 2.5-16 is one of these homologation cars, supplied new to the UK in August 1989. It’s commendably original throughout and while there’s room for improvement in a few areas, this car represents an awesome opportunity for DTM enthusiasts.

The History and Paperwork

  • Right-hand drive UK-supplied example
  • Seventeen former registered keepers
  • Numerous recent invoices for parts and services
  • V5C present
  • MOT valid until 25th July 2024

The Condition

  • Blue-Black 19UU metallic paintwork
  • Anthracite 271 leather upholstery
  • Straight and solid original bodywork with smart black paintwork
  • The doors appear to fit well and the panels align nicely
  • There are some small scratches and paint imperfections visible upon close inspection, but nothing especially noteworthy
  • 16” Monoblock alloy wheels with light signs of wear
  • The badging, glass, light lenses and trims present well
  • All appears in reasonable condition underneath
  • Slight surface corrosion to the inside of the spare wheel well
  • Commendably original black interior
  • Light patina is evident to the upholstery, but nothing that appears excessive
  • Some deterioration to the Zebrano veneers
  • Optioned with an electrically adjustable driver’s seat

The Mechanics 

  • 2,497 cc 16-valve twin-came l4 developed by Cosworth
  • Four-speed automatic gearbox
  • Stainless steel exhaust system
  • Limited-slip differential
  • All looks original and presents nicely under the bonnet
  • We’re not informed of any apparent mechanical issues or untoward noises
  • Offered with a valid MOT

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1989
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 190 E
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 180,999 Miles
  • Engine size 2497
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Romford
  • Location Essex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
18 bids
  • co•••• £8,500 18/06/24
  • da•••• £8,200 18/06/24
  • co•••• £8,000 18/06/24
  • da•••• £7,700 18/06/24
  • co•••• £7,500 18/06/24
  • da•••• £7,300 18/06/24
  • co•••• £7,100 18/06/24
  • da•••• £6,700 18/06/24
  • co•••• £6,500 18/06/24
  • h1•••• £6,200 18/06/24
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