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1990 Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Stunning One Off Example SOLD

Not for sale - it has been sold via a Car and Classic Free Ad
Welcome to my ad for my much loved and cherished Mercedes Benz 190E 2.5-16v finished in its original Blue/Black metallic. This has to be the best example of the 2.5-16 in the UK, perhaps Europe. I doubt very very much that you will ever find a better cared for example than this one. I have owned the car for over 12 years now.

It currently stands on 120,000 miles. Has an MOT until November 2019.

This is a non cat version with 204bhp and a top speed of 151mph.
Fuel economy is quite superb, and I get around 31mpg combined.

I have the original sales/specification brochure, all three keys and 95% of all the invoices bills etc, and 100% of the bills invoices etc since I have owned the car. I have the original manual, instruction book, service books etc. I have other literature including some Car magazine reviews, Bosch KE-Jetronic literature, and the Mercedes gazette magazines. I am a member of the official Mercedes Benz club of Great Britain.

I also have all the articles from practical classic and Mercedes Enthusiast, including the superb article im MB classic magazine that was published 10 years ago.
I have four six inch folder’s of receipts, articles etc…In addition I have 2 centurion file boxes that have all the other information in them pertaining to this car.

The history is extensive, accurate, and superbly documented. In fact I document everything that is ever done to the car.

I have extremely high standards and this is wholly reflected in the way I have cared for the car.

Under my stewardship the oil and filter has been changed on or before every 3,000 miles. This has included oil filter (Mercedes), air filter (Mercedes) and x4 spark plugs (non resistor).

The car was due to have the timing chain changed and the valve clearances done, the top end was a tad noisy for my liking. I instead opted for a full engine overhaul from the world renowned Team Stadler Motorsport in Germany. This included new pistons, bearings, all 16 valves, all gaskets and seals, timing chain, tensioner etc. The engine and its core units were machined back to Mercedes Benz specifications. As always I have all the receipts to prove the work was carried out.

The engine runs superbly and if cared for (In other words regular oil changes with a good fully synthetic oil) will last a lifetime. The engineer who worked on the engine said he had not seen a 2.5-16 in better condition than this one. He has been there over 16 years.
The engine is quiet and not tappety at all. The oil and coolant temperature gauges sit rock steady all the time. Fuel consumption has drastically improved also, which is always a big bonus!
Since I have had the car I have only ever used Shell optimax or BP ultimate fuels.

The car has no rust what so ever. I have fanatically taken care of everything that has ever needed to be done.

The car was registered on the 26th January 1990 at Bradshaw Webb Chelsea.
It has 26 stamps in the maintenance booklet, and I am the seventh owner, from my understanding it changed hand four times within the same company in the first few years of its life. The car has excellent provenance.


Factory fitted options:

1. 4 Speed switchable automatic gearbox (Converted to 5 Speed Getrag by Team Stadler Motorsport)
2. Full black leather interior
3. Cruise control (Tempomat)
4. Air Conditioning
5. Heated seats
6. Illuminated sun visors
7. Electric drivers seat with two position memory
8. Rear headrests
9. Outside temperature gauge
10. Fire extinguisher
11. No model designation (I have since re-fitted the badges)

Standard options:

1. x4 electric windows
2. Electric sunroof – slide/tilt
3. Self levelling suspension
4. Central locking
5. Heated mirrors
6. Headlamp wash/wipe
7. ABS
8. ASD
9. Power steering
10. Leather steering wheel and gear knob

Additional Items:

1. Becker Mexico 2000 cassette system with fader switch in centre console (special edition: Zebrano)
2. Becker Silverstone BE0980 CD changer in boot with cover
3. X4 original Mercedes Benz speakers
4. Fischer Zebrano cassette storage centre console
5. Rear sun blind (Original Mercedes)
6. Front driver’s seat storage compartment (Original Mercedes)
7. Mercedes Benz fuel can in wheel well
8. Unopened original tool kit specific for 16v
9. Original Mercedes Benz tyre compressor
10. Original Mercedes Benz detailing kit from 1990 (for shows only)
11. Drivers orthopaedic seat cushion – Pneumatic controlled (Hand made in black Mercedes leather.


Absolutely straight, no dings, no dents, no rust…more importantly 99% swirl free and 100% rust free.
Boot has no rust at all especially the weak areas which are either side of the boot area.

The car was detailed by Jim White at White Details at huge expense. Do a search on YouTube and you will find it.


As new condition. The leather seats are in perfect condition, no sagging, rips, lines etc… The carpets and mats are in stunning condition.
The dash is perfect, the glove box is perfect…It’s not loose or lopsided. The wood surround is perfect. The doorcards are 100% perfectThe headliner is immaculate, all the trim, handbrake, steering wheel etc

The rear seat bench has hardly been sat In…Infact I don’t think it ever has. Rear parcel shelf is perfect…It houses the original, unused fist aid kit. The passenger seat has the original halon fire extinguisher with good charge!
The carpets are like new. The boot is stunning also. The jack has never been used the toolkit is new and unopened and is the correct toolkit for the 190E 2.5-16 and even includes the MB spare parts kit which includes spare fuses and bulbs.


Everything is kept secure courtesy of a Auto Watch car alarm. This includes an immobiliser. It is Thatcham category 1 approved. I have all the certificates, including the manual etc. I have two alarm keys for it.


Everything works as it should. All windows, sunroof, factory aerial, electric seat, air conditioning blows ice cold. Heated seats work as they should, cruise control works as it should. Illuminated sun visors work. The lap timer is brand new so is the outside temperature gauge. Both were replaced at great expense. These are not the common LCD replacements you can find cheaply elsewhere. You cannot buy a new lap timer any longer from Mercedes Benz. Again, I have all the receipts.

Engine/Engine bay/Mechanics:

The engine bay is spotless and immaculate. No rust, no dirt, no grime.




The wheels are in their original finish. Never been refurbished are in perfect condition.

The tyres are Continental Premium contact 2. All have 8mm thread including spare.

A full geometry set up was done by wheels in motion (the best in the business).


As you can see this is not your usual run of the mill Cosworth. I won’t bore you with the details of what makes this car so very special. If you’re reading this, then you know what this car is all about.
Quite amazing that a car designed by an Italian, Bruno Sacco almost 30 years ago still stands the test of time 30 years later. A true testament to the car’s longevity, timeless builds quality, and solid German engineering.

Recent Work:

In the last few weeks the following has been done:

1. Brand new original Mercedes water pump (NOS)
2. Brand new Mercedes alternator
3. All coolant hoses changed
4. All KE Jetronic hoses changed
5. Original Mercedes belt tensioner
6. Original Mercedes engine damper
7. Mercedes coolant added

Examples in this condition are very very few and far between. But they come at a premium. Everything that has needed to be done to get this car up to MY standards has been done. I know it’s one of the very best around, If not the best.

This is a car for the true collector, I will only sell to whom I think will look after and maintain the car as I have.

I am only selling because I just do not drive the car enough.

Private plate not included.

Price on application.

Full HD pictures here:

- details above

Only serious enquiries please.

Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Mercedes
Model 190E 2.5-16 Cosworth
Year 1990
Mileage 120,000 miles
Country UK
Region London
Town London
Status Private
Ref C1083841

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