Legend goes to auction: Mercedes Benz 190 E 2.5-16 EVO II

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Back in 1990 Daimler built only 502 copies of the Mercedes Benz 190 E 2.5-16 EVO II. Two years later the beastly W 201 Evo II was already dominating the DTM championship, securing the legend status. A pristine example is now heading to the auction block and it is expected to fetch no less than EUR 210,000.

The wide jaws. The huge rear spoiler. It’s 1992 again and the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evo II is at the top of the touring car arena. Klaus Ludwig, Kurt Thiim and Bernd Schneider won with the race derivative of the road Evo II a triple victory in the German Touring Car Championship. Those were the days. Production-based cars in touring car racing never looked better after.

The Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evo II matured earlier than 1992. Two years before, the premium manufacturer presented the brave sedan at the Geneva Motor Show. Succeeding the first Evo, it featured a performance-enhanced 2.5-liter short stroke 4-cylinder engine with 16-valve, 235 instead of 195 hp and 245 Nm of torque from 5,000 rpm. Top speed was 250 km/h, the acceleration from nil to 100 took was completed in 7,1 seconds sharp.


All of the 502 copies built by Mercedes were finished in Blue Black Metallic. One of these rare birds is now being auctioned by Silverstone Auctions early September, at the Salon Privé 2016 – hosted by the Blenheim Palace. The auction house expects a sale price of 210,000-257,000 euros. The original price was DM 115,259.70 andwith air conditioning, 119,717.10 DM.

The Evo II heading to the auction block is number 452 of 502. Its tag number is also engraved on the five-speed manual gearbox lever. Externally the Evo II seems to be in tip top shape, showing little more than 1,400 kilometers on its odometer. The four-cylinder menu definitely tastes excellent.


Photo credits: Silverstone Auctions