Is the 190E EVO II the most desirable Mercedes sedan ever?
This Mercedes 190E Evo II is pretty much perfect
The Mercedes-Benz 190E EVO II was unveiled at the 1990 Geneva Motor Show and, just like its predecessor the 190E EVO I, Mercedes only built 502 for homologation reasons as per DTM rules. 500 examples were painted "blauschwarz" blue/black metallic except for the last two, chassis no. 501 and 502, which were painted in Astral Silver.
The Evo II is powered by a 2.5-litre inline-four engine, which develops 232 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. It also comes with a rather conspicuous body kit, with an adjustable rear wing, a rear spoiler and 17-inch wheels, to increase downforce. It is a rare car, and highly coveted in the pre-owned market. In fact, prices for the 190E have been going up consistently over the last few years and it's entirely possible that the car will continue to appreciate in value in the foreseeable future.
This particular version has just fetched $258,000 at a Gooding & Company live auction and you can see why. This 190E EVO II, chassis number 105, came with a little over 6,200 miles on the clock, that's around 200 miles per year since 1990, when it was introduced. It was originally delivered to a customer in Japan before making its way to Irvine, California where it was thoroughly inspected and checked and then checked again.
The classic car scene is looking more and more like a bubble that's ready to burst. Prices have been going up like mad and anything even remotely rare or interesting will set you back a pretty penny. A quarter of a million dollars sounds like a lot for a 30-year old sedan but then again the 190E is a special vehicle that ticks all the boxes. Heritage, style and rarity, and then there's the oversize rear spoiler for a touch of much needed madness. So what do you say?