When Mercedes-Benz saw BMW’s success with the 3-series in the 1970s it decided to follow suit into the compact saloon market. Typically, it took its own path there, one that took eight years and £600m. The result was the handsome Bruno Sacco-penned W201 190, a car that even the firm acknowledged was wildly over-engineered.
That, of course, was good news for buyers who got a sort of shrunken version of the firm’s much bigger models, with all the quality and careful engineering that implies. 190s focussed on safety with cutting edge innovations like airbags, ABS and seatbelts pretensioners as standard.
The staple of the range was the fuel injected 190E, which offered a calmer and more relaxing alternative to BMW’s ‘ultimate driving machine.’
This very low mileage Arctic White 190E has been tastefully enhanced with a Cosworth body kit and smart OZ five-spoke alloys. A thick history file verifies the low mileage and a long MOT provides reassurance of its condition. Reliable and very usable, it could be used as an unusual daily or saved for shows. Whichever you choose, it looks very tempting.
The History and Paperwork
First registered on 31st December 1989
Current owner since 6th May 2023
VIN records show it was built in June 1989
Thick history file showing Mercedes-Benz main dealer servicing to 12,593 miles in 1998
Original factory book set in good condition
Very sparing use between 1998 and 17th July 2007 when it was serviced at 16,685 miles
Acquired from first owner by dealer in Wigan in 2008 on 20,000 miles
Subsequent owner 2012 to 2023
Acquired by the seller, a car dealer, to use as his personal transport
Registered in his name
History file includes lots of old invoices and tax discs
MOT history verifies the low mileage and sparing use
Cosworth body kit appears to be a later addition and not factory fitted
High factory specification includes electric sunroof, rear headrests and four electric windows
MOT to 12th June 2024 with minor advisories for exhaust mounting and rear coil springs
Has covered less than 200 miles since last MOT
2 keys, one with main dealer keyring
Notable recent maintenance work:
New exhaust fitted in 2017 at cost of £442
Brakes overhauled and water pump and belts replaced in 2017 at cost of £774
New brake pads and brakes serviced in 2020 at cost of £213
Serviced in July 2021
Serviced by vendor in May 2023 covering oils and other fluids
Headlights replaced with OEM units
Ignition module replaced by seller
Blue fabric (code 062) interior in very well preserved condition
The interior is in remarkable condition with few signs of wear
Door trims very well kept with only a very minor scuff on the offside rear to note
Seats show well with barely any wear
Optional rear headrests and centre armrest fitted
Four electric windows and central locking
All electrics work with the exception of the rear windows
Four spoke factory plastic-rimmed wheel showing only light sheen of wear
Switchgear appears virtually new with good, clear decals and no scuffs
Clear dials with clean, unscratched protective plastic shroud
Dashboard in blue and with no marks, cracks or scuffs visible
Even the fillet of veneer around the gear selector is undamaged
Headlining is unmarked, unstained and with no visible sag
Electric tilt and slide sunroof with no visible deterioration to fabric trim
Sunroof shows clear drainage channels
Blaupunkt Sevilla face-off stereo
Arctic White (code 147U) paintwork well presented with clean, straight panels
Fitted post-factory with a Cosworth bodykit and lowered on OZ five spoke alloys
Headlamps replaced by seller since May 2023 with OEM units
Overall condition is very good for year and mileage
Debadged and grille slates converted to black
Wheels refurbished and in unmarked condition
Some early signs of bubbling visible on wheel arches under body kit
Clean drainage channels and screen surrounds
Underside presents very well with no visible issues
No structural advisories on current or recent MOTs
Appears to have had paintwork rectification work on nearside rear door
Small scuff on offside front and rear arch trims but minor
Light scuff on nearside front corner of bumper black rubber trim
Otherwise we could not spot any marks or scuffs across the paintwork
Sunroof surround presents no issues and mechanism looks fresh and clean
Lights and glasswork are clear, unmisted with no visible cracks or damage
Smart and tidy engine bay indicates fastidious ownership
Thick history file covering servicing by Mercedes-Benz and specialists
Rear wheel drive
Sophisticated five link rear suspension shared with E-Class
Ignition module replaced by seller since May 2023
Health check undertaken at the same time
Last serviced in May 2023 with few miles covered since
Seller advises that the coolant light occasionally flickers
He tells us the car does not use coolant and does not overheat
The 190 combined crisp Bruno Sacco styling with the firm’s renowned approach to engineer. Buyers flocked to showrooms and nearly 2million found homes.
The sheer usability of these cars makes ultra low mileage examples like this particularly rare. Well specified from the factory, augmented by a Cosworth body kit and OZ wheels, this is a great chance to discover the multifold delights of these superb saloons.
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1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) Cosworth Bodykit
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