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1989 Mercedes-Benz 190e Cosworth 2.5 Heads To Auction

Giancarlo Perlas July 22, 2023

As automotive enthusiasts eagerly await the next remarkable find, an iconic 1989 Mercedes-Benz 190e Cosworth 2.5 takes center stage at an exclusive auction. Hailing from an era when Mercedes-Benz was pioneering the compact executive segment, this particular 190e boasts a remarkable transformation courtesy of the renowned British engineering experts at Cosworth.

Rally Dreams Dashed, DTM Awaits

Originally intended for rallying glory at the World Rally Championship, fate intervened when the groundbreaking Audi Quattro burst onto the scene with its four-wheel-drive prowess. Mercedes-Benz swiftly altered its course, setting its sights on the German Touring Car Championship (DTM).

Under DTM regulations, the Cosworth engine was detuned from 320 hp to less than 200 hp and nestled within the showroom-spec 190e, becoming the formidable Stuttgart ‘Cossie.’

A Spirited Legacy

Despite the detuning, the 190e Cosworth still packs a punch, offering a power output that, by today’s standards, might seem modest. Nevertheless, it gracefully reaches a top speed of 143mph, providing an exhilarating drive enriched with the rich heritage of motorsport prowess.

A Well-Preserved Time Capsule

As this timeless automobile prepares to change hands, it carries with it an intriguing history of ownership. Cherished by a devoted Mercedes-Benz enthusiast since 1995, the car boasts a comprehensive service record and remains in remarkably original condition, bearing the marks of careful use throughout its nearly 170,000-mile journey.

An Auction of Prestige

Enthusiasts and collectors alike have set their sights on the 1989 Mercedes-Benz 190e Cosworth 2.5, showcased in an eagerly anticipated auction, held in partnership between Car & Classic and Retro Motor. As the bidding concludes on Thursday, July 27, 2023, this iconic piece of automotive history is projected to fetch an impressive sale price, ranging between £20,000 and £25,000.

Final Thoughts

The 1989 Mercedes-Benz 190e Cosworth 2.5 stands as a testament to the fusion of engineering brilliance and motorsport heritage. It’s a callback to the pre-Mercedes-AMG days when Benz owners had to turn to Cosworth for high-performance versions of their autos.

Likewise, this 190e’s journey from rally dreams to the prestigious DTM championship showcases the adaptability and prowess of this iconic vehicle. Now, as it heads to the auction floor, anticipation builds for the fortunate collector who will become the custodian of this automotive treasure.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/benzinsider, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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