If you’re wondering how a 26-year-old car can be in such an exceptional condition, the collector who bought it kept it for around a decade at the dealer. It’s an obvious sign the 190E Evo II featured here was purchased purely as an investment, with the odometer showing just 855 miles (1,375 kilometers). It’s the car number 452 out of a total of 502 manufactured and at the same time it is one of the only four that were officially sold as new in U.K. by Mercedes.
It would be futile to talk about its condition since the images give the impression the car has just left the assembly line. Even by today’s standards the 190E Evo II is a respectable machine, with 235 horsepower (173 kilowatts), 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (250 kph). Like all 190E Evo IIs, it comes with a blue black metallic exterior, while this particular car has an almost impeccable leather interior.
It’s certainly a rare opportunity to buy a mint condition, low-mileage Evolution II, so it’s no wonder Silverstone Auctions is estimating the car will fetch £180,000 – £220,000 (about $233,550 – $285,459) at the Salon Prive Sale at Blenheim Palace on September 3rd.
UPDATE: The final sale price was 202,500 pounds.
If you have the means to buy a classic Mercedes in great condition, the Mercedes-Benz Museum has been directly selling restored models since November last year. We checked the alltime-stars.com website to see if there’s anything interesting and found a lovely 1960 190 SL (W121) in Concours Condition with 18 miles (29 km) on the clock, hence the hefty €212,121 (about $235,025) price tag.
Source: Silverstone Auctions