One of the four 190E Evo 2 models sold new in the UK is being offered at Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Prive auction, with an estimate of £180,000-£220,000.
Silverstone Auctions is readying its lineup of cars for its next auction at Salon Prive on 3 September, with a Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo 2 entering the spotlight as an early highlight.
As one of the four Evolution 2 cars officially sold new in the UK, this example is number 452 of the 502 built by the company. The car was sold by Lancaster Mercedes-Benz in 1990 to a collector, and for the first ten years it was stored at the supplying dealer, racking up virtually zero road miles.
Today, the 190E has covered a mere 885 miles from new, and the condition of the car reflects this. It is estimated at £180,000-£220,000.
Wondering why this Mercedes saloon is so valuable? The Evolution 2 version of the 190E 2.5-16 is the ultimate incarnation of Mercedes’ road-going touring cars, used to homologate the full-fat Group A touring cars. Power was up to 235bhp, but the real differences are instantly apparent, in the form of a seriously aggressive aero package, featuring a fully adjustable rear wing.
It’s fair to say that Silverstone Auctions raised a few eyebrows earlier in the year when a very similar Evo 2, with slightly more KMs on the clock, sold for a world record price of £292,500 at its Race Retro auction.
> Read more about the £292k Mercedes 190E Evo 2 here
Managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, commented on the car: ‘Any fan of the legendary ‘Group A' Touring Car era needs to see this car to truly appreciate both its originality and splendid collector status. Without question, one of the lowest mileage examples one could ever find on the market today. We welcome any pre-sale inspections on this unique vehicle and are certain you’ll agree that this incredible homologation special would be a welcome contender at any Concours event around the world.’