Asking Price:

R 300,000.00

Lot Status:

For Sale

1983 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth

The early '80s saw Mercedes-Benz launch an all-new compact sports saloon – the 190E. With its low-drag body and clever multi-link rear suspension, the German manufacturer decided the best way to market it was to take it rallying. But to beat the dominant BDA-powered Ford Escorts and the Talbot Lotus Sunbeams, it called on the legendary engine development operation, Cosworth. The 2.3-litre four-cylinder block remained, but the English firm designed a twin-cam 16-valve head to replace the standard 8-valve. A Getrag five-speed gearbox, limited-slip differential and revised aerodynamic appendages were added, and enough road-going production units were built to homologate Cossie-Merc for competition.

And then Audi arrived on the rally scene with its Quattro…

Just like that, without really turning a wheel, the rear-wheel-drive Merc rally car was dead in the water. Nonetheless, Mercedes-Benz followed through with the launch of the production 190E 2.3-16V in 1983 and kept dreaming of it as a competition vehicle. This dream took a step toward this reality when a fleet of identical road cars (fitted with a rudimentary roll cage, bucket seat, and harness and shortened springs) took part in a one-make race to celebrate the opening of the new Grand Prix circuit at the Nürburgring in 1984. Behind the wheels were grand prix greats like James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Jacques Laffite, Alain Prost, Carlos Reutemann, Elio de Angelis, Stirling Moss, Jody Scheckter, Keke Rosberg and John Surtees – as well as F1 newcomer Ayrton Senna (da Silva).

Senna wasn’t originally down for the drive but took over fellow Brazilian Emerson Fitipaldi’s seat at the last moment. The 12-lap race took place under damp conditions and Senna immediately took to the front and drifted the twitchy Merc into first, ahead of Lauda and Reutemann. Having beaten the best of the best, he was quoted after the race as saying: “Now I know I can do it”.

This Example

Description by seller:
Original 2.3-16V Cosworth built to replicate the car used by Ayrton Senna in the 1984 Nürburgring launch race. Freshly rebuilt engine, original five-speed Getrag "dog-leg" gearbox, limited-slip differential and standard suspension. Glass front and rear windscreens with polycarbonate side windows. Set of Cobra race seats and 3-inch safety harnesses. Bolt-in roll cage built around the original dash and door panels. Built to comply with the Historic Racing South Africa Pursuit Challenge rules while remaining road-registered.

This Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth is available to view in Johannesburg by appointment.

Reminders to bidders:

  • A buyer's premium of 5% (which includes VAT) for cars and bikes applies.
  • The minimum buyer's premium is R5 000 incl. VAT for cars and bikes (eg. if R50 000 is bid, buyer's premium = R5 000 and total cost = R55 000).
  • The maximum buyer's premium is capped at R100 000 incl. VAT for cars and bikes (eg. if R3 000 000 is bid, buyer's premium = R100 000 and total cost = R3 100 000).

Classic Car Africa aims to present each lot as accurately as possible but it is the responsibility of the bidder to be 100% satisfied with the condition of the lot before placing a bid.

Lot Status

For Sale

Special Features

Condition rating: 102/140

Quick Facts

Reference: LOT-000013
Seller: Private
Year: 1983
Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth
Derivative: Senna replica track car
Service History: No Service History
Mileage: 0 Km
Engine Size: 2,300cc
Engine Type: Inline 4-cylinder
Fuel Type: Petrol
Transmission: 5 Manual
Layout: Front engine - rear-wheel drive
Power Output: 185 BHP
Exterior: Impala
Interior: Black/Cloth

Photo Gallery



Bidding Information - 1983 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth

Estimated Price Range:

R 300,000.00 - R 340,000.00

Lot Status:

For Sale

Total Bids:


Time Left:


Start Date:

Thursday, 01 April, 2021 - 08:00

End Date:

Thursday, 08 April, 2021 - 18:00

Add a Comment

Login or register to start a conversation.
Click to Log In