Mercedes-Benz went head to head with BMW when it launched the compact 190 Series in December 1982, expanding its market to include motorists hitherto unable to afford the Stuttgart manufacturer’s high-quality products. A sports model was not long in coming, the Cosworth-developed 185bhp 2.3-16 joining the expanding 190 range in the autumn of 1983, to be followed in 1985 by the 2.5-16, which was both more powerful and faster, boasting 204bhp in non-catalyst form and a top speed of 146mph. Produced with touring car racing in mind, limited edition Evolution and Evolution II versions had arrived by the decade’s end.
This example of one of the most exciting touring cars of recent years currently displays a total of 124,000 km on the odometer and comes with a good service history and only two owners from new. Finished in the unusual and sort after dubonnet metallic red with black interior this collectable future classic is a remarkable example of the finest German engineering.