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Mercedes-Benz 190

2.3 16v Cosworth

£26,994 Deposit Taken

Vehicle Description

Ref: C89JGO

SMC Heritage are proud to present this stunning Mercedes 190E 2.3 16v Cosworth. For me the pinnacle of 80’s homologation specials. This incredible restored example is finished in Blauschwarz (BlueBlack) Metallic (199U) and has covered approx 120k miles from new with just 3 previous owners and one of the most comprehensive history files of any vehicles I have ever seen.


Built in November 1985 UK Specification it was registered new on the 3RD January 1986 by Rose & Young (Caterham) Ltd. The purchaser had specified the vehicle in l Blue-Black metallic paint (199u) with the sport cloth half leather trim (071) and the following optional extras:
Outside Temp Indicator
Electric Sliding Roof
Heated Door Mirrors
Elec Ariel
Rear Speakers
Fire Extinguisher
We have the original order form on file and the total on the road cost including the above was £21,500 – £66,491 adjusted for inflation in today’s money.
This original keeper would go on to keep the car for the next 20 years painstakingly documenting every single penny of expenditure including petrol logs. We also have the original PDI check sheet, original blue V5, datacard, option pricelist and countless other trinkets pointing to an automotive love affair. Fortunately, the next custodians would continue to follow suit with the no expense spared documented maintenance. We have 3 full files full of bills and invoices running into 10’s of thousands over the last 34 years. The last keeper was a collector and over the last 5 years has spent in the region of £25,000 getting this car to the standard it is today including a full engine rebuild and a 150 hour plus body restoration.

Offered with such incredibly provenance, low miles and a recent money no object refresh this really is as good as it gets. The car is supplied with all booklets and instructions in the original book pack and even the original sales persons business card. Both keys are still present along with the original leather key pouch supplying dealer keyring. The first aid kit, warning triangle, full size spare, jack and tool kit are all pleasingly still present. The 190e Cosworth is no ordinary car and this is certainly no ordinary 190e Cosworth

Maintenance History documented by service stamps, invoices and mots on file.

04/01/86 PDI Rose & Young Mercedes
30/01/86 659 Miles Rose & Young Mercedes
23/12/87 16,158 Miles Greenoaks Mercedes
11/01/89 21,840 Miles MOT
16/01/89 21,847 Miles Rose & Young Mercedes
08/01/90 32,028 Miles Greenoaks Mercedes
08/01/90 32,030 Miles MOT
03/09/1990 **Rose & Young Mercedes – Speedo Replaced **
11/12/90 1176 Miles Greenoaks Mercedes
23/01/91 1266 Miles MOT
09/01/92 3334 Miles MOT
17/02/93 7760 Miles Brunswick Mercedes (Formerly Greenoaks)
17/02/93 7762 Miles MOT
16/03/94 10,663 Miles MOT
13/04/95 13,281 Miles Brunswick Mercedes
13/04/95 13,281 Miles MOT
25/06/96 17,776 Miles Brunswick Mercedes
25/06/96 17,776 Miles MOT
14/05/97 21,571 Miles Brunswick Mercedes
09/07/97 22,673 Miles MOT
22/02/99 30,436 Miles Rose & Young Mercedes
26/03/99 30,442 Miles MOT
02/07/01 36,167 Miles MOT
06/03/02 37,039 Miles MOT
02/04/03 43,701 Miles Mercedes Croydon
02/04/03 43,701 Miles MOT
01/04/04 52,789 Miles MOT
01/04/05 59,944 Miles MOT
04/10/05 63,078 Miles ME and MS
29/03/06 65,890 Miles MOT
11/11/06 67,489 Miles H.R.E London
05/04/07 69,069 Miles MOT
29/01/08 70,308 Miles MOT
27/01/09 75,509 Miles MOT
06/02/10 80,489 Miles MOT
04/03/11 83,020 Miles MOT
08/12/11 84,318 Miles Miller Motors
10/10/12 84,738 Miles MOT
28/10/13 86,572 Miles MOT
28/06/14 87,045 Miles Mercedes Brentford
17/12/14 87,351 Miles MOT
18/12/15 87791 Miles MOT
15/01/16 87,836 Miles TJ O Neil MB Specialist
26/09/17 87,906 Miles MOT
21/12/17 87,941 Miles DB Prestige
07/06/18 87,990 Miles MERPARTS MB Specialist
18/09/18 88,201 Miles MOT
05/11/19 88,380 Miles MOT

The vehicle will be fully service and MOT’d by SMC prior to collection for complete peace of mind for the lucky new owner


Having undergone a 150 hour paint and body restoration the Blue Black metallic paint is incredible with a deep glossy shine. The body is totally free from dents and stone chips and the panel gaps are even and totally original. The wheels are totally original and unmarked and fitted with new matching Michelin tyres. The Cosworth specific spoilers and trim are all present and totally immaculate. During the restoration the rubbers where replaced with genuine parts throughout. To preserve the finish the vehicle has been professionally ceramic coated. The engine bay is equally impressive, the cam covers have been professionally refinished in red and its spotlessly clean. If you prefer the original OEM look then I am happy to have it refinished in the correct factory black for you.


The interior is a fabulous place to reside with factory half leather sports seats. The Cosworth is strictly a 4 seater with beautifully bolstered rear sports seats too. Many 190 Cosworth’s where optioned with full leather but today the sport cloth is much more exclusive and totally suits the ethos of the car. The seats, carpets, mats and every piece of trim are all in fantastic order. the carpets are unmarked having been protected by genuine Mercedes ribbed mats. All the switchgear and dials are correct and even the lap timer works! A period look Becker headunit fits the ambiance perfectly. The roof liner is taught and undamaged and unusually the rear door cards are too. The boot area has been protected by a fitted hard liner and the plastics are free from damage or scuffs.

On the road:

Perhaps unsparingly given the incredible level of investment, relatively low mileage and fantastic history it drives with a time warp taught fluidity you that you could only find with a lower mileage perfectly maintained example. The legendary getrag doglog box is still a joy to use. The performance figures may be more closely aligned to a modern hot hatch with 182bhp and 0-60 in 7.8 seconds but at just 1230kg it offers a superb driving experience that many modern and often vastly more powerful cars simply cannot replicate.


In incredible condition and with such fantastic documented history this really is a fabulous example and offers a superb opportunity in modern classic ownership. As either a depreciation proof low mileage daily driver, a weekend toy to polish, show and enjoy or perhaps most likely a solid investment piece to add to your collection.

Whether you are looking for the very best example of a truly limited production run iconic 80’s homologation special with fantastic racing pedigree or just looking for a shrewd future classic investment then you need to see this car.

The vehicle will be MOT’d and receive a full service and health check by SMC prior to collection for complete peace of mind

Open by appointment only please call us on
01244 539760 or 07890 000145 or 07710 096345

We are always looking for high quality, low mileage classic and modern classic cars and bikes with good service history from the early 60s to the mid 00’s. If you are looking to take the hassle out of selling your pride and joy privately please don't hesitate to get in touch