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Asking Price:

R 650,000.00

Lot Status:

For Sale

1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Cosworth

The story of the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 and 2.5-16 kicked off when Mercedes decided its new compact saloon, the 190, with its low-drag body and fancy multi-link rear suspension, would be the ideal base for a rally car. But to trump the likes of the BDA-powered Ford Escorts it needed more oomph. So in came Cosworth who designed a new cylinder head, and a few other bits to create a twin-cam 16-valve competition engine. As per the rules of the time, a homologated road-going version would be also need to be built to allow the rally car to be eligible to compete.

Then Audi arrived on the rally scene with the four-wheel-drive, turbocharged Quattro, and the rear-drive 190 Cosworth became obsolete before it got to play in the dirt. Mercedes-Benz persisted with the road car and launched the 190E 2.3-16 in 1983, and turned its competition aspirations to Group A circuit racing.

In 1987 the Cosworth was updated. The engine was enlarged to 2.5 litres (hence the badge 2.5-16) by increasing the stroke, and a new crank, conrods, pistons and reprofiled camshafts saw an extra 22 horsepower and 5Nm of torque. The purpose of the update was to better suit the Cosworth with Mercedes’s luxury and sophistication values.

This Example

Description by seller:
Very tidy right-hand-drive example of the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 that has been tastefully upgraded even further with the addition of a T3 turbo and the required internal modifications. Front brakes, alloy wheels and steering wheel have been replaced with AMG items but the rest remains as per the original Cosworth 190E - including the 'dog-leg' Getrag gearbox and limited-slip differential.

Bodywork and interior are in exceptionally good condition and despite being original, show very little in the way of wear and tear. The solidness and lack of any play in suspension and steering make it feel like a modern car, and while the turbo adds a decent kick at higher RPM, it remains a comfortable and practical ride when trundling through the traffic.

This Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Cosworth is available to view in Johannesburg by appointment.

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Bidding Information - 1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Cosworth

Estimated Price Range:

R 655,000.00 - R 690,000.00

Lot Status:

For Sale

Total Bids:


Time Left:


Start Date:

Monday, 22 March, 2021 - 08:00

End Date:

Friday, 02 April, 2021 - 18:00

Lot Status

For Sale

Special Features

T3 Turbo charger
Spitstronic engine management
AMG brakes
Condition rating: 109/140

Quick Facts

Reference: LOT-000011
Seller: Private
Year: 1989
Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 190E 2.5-16 Cosworth
Derivative: 2.5-16 Cosworth Turbo
Service History: No Service History
Mileage: 0 Km
Engine Size: 2,498
Engine Type: Inline 4-cylinder
Fuel Type: Petrol
Transmission: 5 Manual
Layout: Front engine - rear-wheel drive
Power Output: 191 BHP
Exterior: Astral Silver
Interior: Black/Cloth/Leather

Photo Gallery

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