• Well kept interior • Fresh MOT valid until November 2022
The baby Benz hit the market in 1982, offering a premium solution to family motoring. Able to deal with the commute around town, the car also inherited the brand's long-established ability to tackle long-distance cruising.
Engineered to a high standard, the long-lived and mechanically simple W201 series was the perfect car for day to day running, an attribute that has not diminished with age. Smooth and agile to drive, these comfortable cars were kitted out with an advanced level of safety considerations and in 2.0-litre form, a sprightly performer.
This 1993 car is one of the last editions, characterised by its two-tone paintwork and deeper bumpers. As a run-out model, they were well spec’d with ABS, a drivers airbag, front armrest, veneer facia, power windows and electric sunroof. The car has full-service history and has seen only two previous owners over its lifetime.
With just two previous owners under its belt, this London registered 190 E spent much of its life in the Wolverhampton area, where it was bought as a secondhand car in 1994 from Gerard Mann, a long-established Mercedes Benz main dealer in Birmingham. It's believed that the car remained with that owner for around 21 years until it was passed on.
The current owner originally bought the car for his daughter, thanks to its solid condition and excellent servicing history. He recognised the potential in the Mercedes' build quality and its ability for the car to tackle the rigours of modern motoring, and to introduce her into the world of classic cars. However, she had a change of heart and went for a modern car instead. Stored under cover over the year of his ownership, it’s only seen around 1000 miles over that time, acting as a reliable runaround.
It comes with a full-service history, much of it carried out by a Mercedes specialist. Also included are its original handbooks, factory data card and its 2nd sales invoice.
Sold with a current V5 and MOT to November 2022, other than minor servicing and the refurbishment of the alloys, the car has simply not needed anything doing to it over the year of ownership.
There were signs of moisture on the inside of the rear and front glass but a casual inspection did not reveal damps carpets or a leak from the sunroof. Other than that, the interior is in very good condition and has been well preserved.
The seats are in good clean condition, still firm with no signs of wear or damage. The carpets and mats too are very clean and suggest a decent level of upkeep from its owners. The boot has light wear on the plastics, but is overall in good order, with no suggestions of water ingress.
The dashboard is in great shape, with no damage to the plastics or veneer finish. All of the dials, controls and switches are in good condition and all are said to be functional. The car is fitted with its original Blaupunkt tape player, with a functioning FM/AM radio.
The steering wheel and gear lever really do betray the age of the car, with the positive condition of the door cards and headlining demonstrating Mercedes' exceptional build quality. The car has also been fitted with aftermarket rear parking sensors, which do a reasonable job of warning the occupants of obstructions when reversing.
The car has seen some metal fabrication work in the past to address suspension mounting and floor pan issues, but have been carried out to a good standard. The engine and boot wells are clean with no damage or signs of trouble.
The panel fit is good throughout, with flush and even gaps on the doors. All doors open and close with a reassuring solidity, with no problems with the hinges or struts. The off-side rear passenger door cannot be opened from the outside, suggesting a DIY task to investigate the outer door handle operation.
The car has a handful of minor blemishes on the body, but these are limited to minor scrapes rather than significant corrosion issues. This includes a handful of touch-ups mostly around the tops of the bumpers, lower trim and front spoiler. A few light scuffs remain on the sides of lower plastic trim and bumpers too, all indicating light traffic parking wear rather than anything significant. The metalwork is in very good condition, with just a minor dent noted under the off-side rear lamp.
The metallic rosewood paint has lasted well, with a good finish and evidence that it has been well maintained. The nearside front wing captures the light in a slightly different hue, suggesting a repaint or repair at some point in its life. There is also a light coat of surface rust emerging from the front end of the lip of the wheel arch on that wing. Other than that, the car external finish is remarkably rust free. The metal has a few age related scuffs, light scratches and paint chips too, but nothing too distracting.
The glass condition is decent, with no cracks or chips with healthy rubber seals. The lights and lenses are all solid with no damage or wear. The electrical sunroof is fully functional and appears to be leak-free. The wheels are in excellent condition, with no suggestions of kerb damage or ageing. The rear tyres are around 10 years old, with the front item being older. All have legal tread.
Mechanically the car is in good shape, with the owner happy to declare that there are no issues with the way the car drives. It starts instantly after a particularly frosty morning. The engine was left to run for 15 minutes, resulting in no ill effects to the engine cooling reading, oil pressure or the general running of the 2.0-litre block.
The expected condensation soon cleared up as the engine ran and the car idled with no issues, with no unwanted noises. No leaks were evidence, although some oil seep was detected on the top of the block. The car is said to ride well, with no reported issues with the braking or steering. The gear change is slick and precise, with no issues with selecting gears.
The nature of the brand’s values, with a long-established reputation for robust engineering and reliability, presents the W201 as an obvious candidate for a modern classic. Heavily relying on components from the larger models, the car is more than capable of dealing with modern driving conditions.
The end result is an over-engineered modern classic, with a healthy survival rate. Despite this, the 190E has to reach the values (or indeed appreciation) of its closest Bavarian rival and for that reason alone is worthy of consideration.
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