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1984 Mercedes W201 190E 2.0 Auto - 32K - Very Early High Spec190E SOLD

1984 B Mercedes-Benz (W201) 190E 2.0 Auto

Just 32,000 Miles - 3 Owners - Last Owner 16 Years

Very Rare Early, High Specification W201 190E

Thistle Green Metallic (881) - Ultra Rare Beige Velour Interior

Pre-Panoramic Wiper - Single Washer Jet - MB 14" Alloy Wheels


Date of Registration: 20th August 1984 (B Prefix)
MOT Expiry: 10th October 2018 (No advisory notices)
Mileage: 32,180 Miles
Service History: Part service history (Mercedes duplicate service book)
Keys: Full host of keys + 2 Remote Fobs
Previous Keepers on V5: 3 (two elderly owners last owner 16 years, I believe first was Riverdale, Brighton)
HPI Status: 100% Clear (report included)


Optional (and expensive) Velour Interior
Air conditioning (untested)
Original Analogue Car Phone (still powers up!)
Front & Rear Armrests
Front & Rear Headrests
Electric Windows x 4
MB Alarm System
Central Locking
MB Alarm System (with remote locking)
Electric Sliding Sunroof
Power Steering
Electric/Heated Mirrors
Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Height Adjustable Front Seats
Headlamp Wash/Wipe
Load Adjustable Headlamps
Front Fog Lamps
Original Blaupunkt Toronto SQR 32 Tape/Tuner
Original Blaupunkt 4-Speaker System
Electric Aerial
Factory Tinted Glass with Gradient Band Windscreen
Original(very rare) 14" MB 15-Hole Alloys with New Tyres


This is a real rarity, and a true piece of MB history. Supplied by Riverdale, Brighton, this is probably one of the earliest surviving high specification W201 190E's in the country; most early W201's were quite basic, because of their relatively high purchase price, but were at the same time, were the lowest cost route into ownership of a brand new Mercedes-Benz. By time aspiring owners had stumped up the money for their new 190, there was usually very little left over for expensive optional extra, and buyers with deeper pockets would have probably bought the larger, more established W123. That's what I think makes this car so rare, and the fact that it's such an early model, with the pre-panoramic wiper and single bonnet washer jet, among other early specification "anomalies", making it a real piece of history for us MB & W201 anoraks alike.

This 190E has only covered a mere 32,000 miles and had just two long term previous owners, I also suspect the first owner was the supplying dealer, as a demonstrator. The low mileage is a result of the car hardly being used, then being stored for almost 12 years between 2003-2015 as the elderly owner had fallen into ill heath and subsequently passed away. It was then re-commissioned by (and for) a lecturer in automotive engineering as a project for his students. This included all the fluids being changed, new tyres, fuel pump, brakes, drive belts and ignition parts. The car is now running and driving superbly.

I can go two ways with this car, in that I could go the full hog and totally restore her to show standard, or I can sell her as she is, and let the new owner decide how far they want to go with it. It's one of those choices where, for me, there is no grey, and its only a black and white choice; if I do go the restoration route, then it will have be the "Full Monty". However, as you can see from the pictures, the car is perfectly presentable as it is, and could well be used straight away. The underside of the car is superb, and looks like that of a much younger vehicle, so it wouldn't be a case of any fabrication. There has only been one recent MOT fail through corrosion, and that was localised to just one jacking point (the n/s rear), which has been repaired properly. I rather suspect the drain hole was blocked when the car went into storage and water was held in there, hence the localised nature of the repair; the rest of the car is superb, and original and NOT covered in "sin hiders" like Scultz (I'm always suspicious when I see that!)

So there you have it, probably the earliest, best specified W201 190E in the country, with a super low mileage, and massive potential. If she's still with me by the end of November, I'll do the work over the winter, and re offer her for sale, in all her glory next year, but she'll be top money by then, probably in the order of £8-10k, given the mileage and rarity of the car!. In my heart of hearts, that's what I'd really like to do, but I have so much on at the moment, I'd be prepared to sell her as is, let someone else realise that potential of this car.

I've been over the outstanding mechanicals issues the car had, which have now been addressed. These were:

New Spring.
New Genuine MB Power Steering Pump (old one was leaking).
Gearbox Sump Gasket.
New OSR Electric Window Motor.
Replaced Ignition Control Unit.
Rear Caliper Stripped & Freed off.

The car also now has a full 12 months MOT (with no advisory notices) so it can be driven away. I'll probably regret letting this piece of Mercedes W201 history slip through my hands, but I have so much work at the moment, and I need to free up some space too.


Unlike some, I don’t just simply go out, buy any old car, give it a good clean, then advertise it for more than the purchase price, disregarding any issues the car may have in the hope the new buyer won’t notice…I just couldn’t do that. The cars I source are carefully selected and I work very hard so that when my cars leave me, I have the satisfaction of knowing they are as good as they possibly can be within the constraints I have. As such I have many repeat customers and new customers that have been recommended via word of mouth…the ultimate accolade for anyone in business. To read more, see my website at - details above

Any other questions, please feel free to contact me at using the button below or on the details below. I'm a firstly and foremostly a true Mercedes enthusiast of many, many years, and a Mercedes Club Member, so it's a pleasure to meet and speak to like-minded people.

Finally, I'm situated in Keighley, West Yorkshire (Postal Code Area BD21) which is approximately 11 miles from Skipton, and 20 miles West of Leeds.

All major debit/credit cards accepted.

Thanks for reading my advert!

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Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Mercedes
Model 190
  W201 190E
Year 1984
Country UK
Region Yorkshire
Status Trade
Ref C928928

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