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1985 Mercedes 190E 2.3-16V | 588K HKD

The Mercedes-Benz W201 was the company's first compact class model known as the 190 series and was sold between 1982 and 1993. At the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show Mercedes launched a performance variant originally developed for a world rally program but switched to Germany’s DTM series instead. With rules requiring DTM racecars to be based on production models, the 190E 2.3-16 was born.

British engine development gurus Cosworth was brought in to tweak the engine, the heart of the new model in every way, and with it came a Getrag ‘dog leg’ five-speed gearbox, alloy wheels, a larger fuel tank, faster steering ratio, an enhanced braking package, tweaked, lower suspension and a limited-slip differential.

The Mercedes Benz 190E 2.3-16 also got a subtle bodykit to enhance aerodynamics, while sports seats and extra instrumentation completed the package. Three examples set world records at the Nardo testing facility in Italy, recording a combined average speed of 247.94 km/h over the 50,000km endurance test and establishing no less than 12 international endurance records.

In 1984, Mercedes-Benz staged the 'Race of Champions' at the Nürburgring, with 20 identical 190E 2.3 16Vs on the starting grid. Among the drivers competing were Sir Jack Brabham, Phil Hill, John Surtees, Carlos Reutemann, Denny Hulme, Niki Lauda, Alan Jones, Alain Prost, Elio de Angelis, Keke Rosberg, Jacques Laffite, James Hunt, Jody Scheckter and Stirling Moss. The race was won by a then little-known driver just starting out in F1 – his name was Ayrton Senna.

Year: 1985

Body: Sedan

Exterior: Silver

Interior: Black/ Tartan

Driver's Side: RHD

Transmission: 5 Speed "Dog-Leg" Manual

Indicated Mileage: 82,228 Miles

First Delivery Location: Hong Kong

Registration: Hong Kong Registered in 2010, 1 Previous Owner, Road tax valid till July 2024


This 190E 2.3-16V, originally finished in Metallic Blue Black "DB199" with Black cloth/leather upholstery was first delivered in the UK in November 1985. It comes with a stack of UK service and MOT records with mileage documented during its life before arriving in Hong Kong in 2010. Today, it is presented in an excellent condition and refinished in Silver with original interior. It has 1 previous owner (self transfer) on the HK VRD and 82,228 miles showing on its odometer. The car comes with all the books, manual as well as Mercedes Data Card. The car has been exceptionally well cared for with full dealer restore and service records since 2010. With a total investment of over 650K HKD spent on this car, it is without a doubt "no expense spared" pride and joy long term project for the seller.

In 2016, this car has won the Best Saloon Award at the annual Classic Car Club Concourse of Elegance. The car was also invited several times by the Mercedes dealer to be used as show display. This stunning example is ready to enter a new stable. Available for viewing by appointment for serious interest only.


  • A tidy modern classic sports saloon, offering brisk performance and legendary W201-series build quality.

  • Rear wheel drive with ‘dog-leg’ five speed manual transmission and a Bespoke 2.3 litre 16-valve Cosworth tuned engine producing 169bhp and 162lb-ft of torque.

  • Classic Car Club Best Saloon Award Winner and often used as show display for Mercedes

Classic Insider condition score: 90 points out of 100


Original. Exceptionally well maintained with UK service records since new and detailed Mercedes Service Records in Hong Kong from 2010 to 2022. The silver paint isn't the original color but it is very well done and in an excellent condition with nice gloss. Minor stone chips can be found on the lower front bumper and one of the headlight has a crack (been there a long time). The alloy wheels are in curb free condition shod with fresh tires. The Interior is fully original, apart from the upgraded radio. Very minimal wear-and-tear given its age. Air Condition is in a good working order. Engine bay and front hood area is tidy. Battery is healthy. All the books, tools are presented with the car.

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2010 @ 70146 Miles Repainted to Silver (744) 160K

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** All available Service records available upon request


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