1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II

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Sold for: $240,000.00 to onsite
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  • The ultimate super-saloon and road-going DTM car.
  • Number 18 of 500 built, this lovely example is showing just 97,003km
  • Short-stroke,16v, 2.5-litre, 4-cyl with an AMG Power Pack producing 235bhp at 7,200rpm
  • Presented in gleaming 'Blauschwarz' with an array of spoilers, splitters, skirts and air dams
  • Whilst aesthetically pleasing, these dramatic aerodynamic aids are strictly functional
  • Classic nineties black leather cockpit, Teutonically efficient yet immensely comfortable
  • Rare opportunity to acquire an example of Mercedes’ most radical road car since the Gullwing

25 years ago, the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II thrilled professionals and the general public alike when it was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show and legend has it that the entire limited run of 502 cars was sold pre-launch, possibly being squirrelled away by international car collectors. The bitter rivalry between BMW and Mercedes-Benz in saloon car racing throughout Europe helped hone the greatest 'touring cars' of the era and the Evo II was pitted against one of the best touring cars of all time, the E30 M3. A compromise was out of the question and the full-race car, developed for Group 'A' using this sports saloon as a basis, went on to acquire legendary status. Mercedes-Benz took the first three places in the DTM championship in the 1992 season with this remarkable vehicle, which henceforth is referred to, in revelation, as the 'Evo II'.

The engine's output had been raised once again in comparison to the first Evolution model from the previous year, the Evo II now generating 235 horsepower. Top speed was 250 km/h, and the Evo II accelerated from a standing start to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds. The body had also undergone further refinement on an aesthetic and aerodynamic level and the car's sporting pedigree was emphasised by its muscular stance. In this form, the 190E finally had the match of the M3, and while it was never as naturally gifted as its rival, the brutal and unrelenting way it delivered its performance, and its devotion to technological supremacy, set a precedent for Mercedes performance models that can be traced right the way through to today.

The Evo II's body kit is perhaps the most outrageous ever applied to a production car, and the fact it was a product of the ultra-conservative world of early ninety's Mercedes-Benz is even more incredible. The ostentatious, fully adjustable rear spoiler was aerodynamically perfect and its front splitter would make a decent job of cutting the grass, however, despite outward appearances, the Evo II is a comfortable and tractable daily driver.

Only 500 Evo II Homologation special edition were built and this particular example, Number 18, is showing just over 97,000km. Looking stunning in 'Blauschwarz' (blue/black metallic) this particular example is now coming to market looking for its next owner.

With growing interest in historic motorsport, has come renewed interest from collectors in the cars that were homologated in order to allow some of the greatest saloon cars of all time to go racing in the first place. The Evo II ranks among the most visually striking of all the homologation specials and warrants pride of place in any collection. A piece of modern art, Form and Function in perfect harmony.

Number 18 of 500 built, this lovely example is showing just 97,003km.

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II
1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II
Lot number: 213
Seller: Silverstone Auctions
Ends: Thursday, November 25 | 5:00 PM  GMT

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