Bonhams : 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon Chassis no. WDB201034-1F-161733
1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. WDB201034-1F-161733

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Lot 10
1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon

Sold for € 25,300 (US$ 27,847) inc. premium
1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon
Chassis no. WDB201034-1F-161733
•Iconic Mercedes model from the pre-Formula 1 GP race series

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. This policy proved an outstanding success, with sales of the 190 totalling almost two million over the course of its ten-year production life.

A conventional front-engine, rear-drive, four-door saloon, the 190 was available with a variety of engines ranging from a 1.8-litre four to a 2.6-litre six, plus 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre diesels. Mercedes-Benz's engineers contrived to offer generous interior accommodation, rivalling that of the firm's larger models despite the 190's compact overall dimensions, while an ingenious new computer-designed five-link rear suspension system was combined with conventional McPherson struts at the front to ensure excellent roadholding without compromising ride comfort. A sports model was not long in coming, the Cosworth-developed 2.3-16 joining the expanding 190 range in the autumn of 1983. Although the model made its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, it had already grabbed the headlines by setting numerous world records at the Nardo circuit in Italy in August, including 24 hours at an average speed of 153.3mph!

This Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 was delivered new in Switzerland to its first owner, Mr Antonio Amatucci in Safenwil on 20th November 1985. The car was regularly serviced at the local dealer Autoschmid in U'Entfelden, as can be seen from the nine stamps between 1985 and 1989 (date of delivery to 80,000 kilometres). Still in Switzerland, the car was serviced twice more (at 90,000 and 100,000 kilometres) by Garage Engeli in Kappelen, although it is not known if it had changed hands by this time.

The car later moved to the Netherlands, as evidenced by stamps and/or invoices for servicing for a Mr Van Kuik and a Mrs Snijders at 110,000, 120,000 and finally 140,000 kilometres. In 2014 the car was sold in Belgium to Jan Bisschop and has been only driven occasionally since then, the current odometer reading being only 142,500 kilometres. Still in excellent condition, both cosmetically and mechanically, this collectible modern Mercedes comes with its original service manual, a dealers list, and instructions for the adjustable suspension, all three in the original M-B pouch. A reproduction user's manual (in Dutch) is included in the sale.

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1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. WDB201034-1F-161733
1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. WDB201034-1F-161733
1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. WDB201034-1F-161733
1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. WDB201034-1F-161733
1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. WDB201034-1F-161733
1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. WDB201034-1F-161733
1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. WDB201034-1F-161733
1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. WDB201034-1F-161733
1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. WDB201034-1F-161733
1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. WDB201034-1F-161733
1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. WDB201034-1F-161733
1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. WDB201034-1F-161733
1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. WDB201034-1F-161733
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