The 26-year-old Benz has driven just 5,000 kilometres
When reminiscing over the venerable BMW M3's that tore up the track from the mid '80s to the early ‘90s, it shouldn’t go without noting another iconic German that successfully competed in DTM around the same time – the Mercedes-Benz 190 E Cosworth.
Introduced to in 1983, the 190 E originally featured a 2.3-litre engine tuned by Cosworth to produce a hearty 185 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. It wasn’t until a few years later in 1988, that the car would get a larger 2.5-litre displacement and offer up 204 horsepower.
But in 1990, the mac daddy of all 190 Es would make its introduction at the Geneva Motor Show. The Evolution II – building on the success of the Evolution I introduced just a year earlier – was limited to just 502 examples per homologation rules, each one retailing for a cool $80,000 (approx. $107,000 CAD). The 2.5-litre Cosworth-tuned engine remained, but this time producing 235 horsepower at full tilt.
Given its limited production and performance credentials, it’s not exactly an easy task to find one of the used market today. Thankfully, RM Sotheby’s has got you covered. As part of the Arizona sale taking place from January 19 to 20, 2017, this beautiful Benz will be crossing the auction block.
Everything on the car is original, and just 5,000 kilometres (3,160 miles) read on the odometer. Wearing the chassis number WDB2010361F734005, it’s the first example of the Evo II offered for sale in the U.S., further enhancing its heritage – and upping its price tag.
Though RM Sotheby’s has yet to give an estimate on the car, one can only assume that something this stunning wouldn’t go for cheap. For reference, similar examples have sold for well over $200,000 (approx. $270,000 CAD) at auction.
Source: RM Sotheby's via Silodrome