The Mercedes-Benz 190 (W201) marked the luxury brand’s entry into the compact executive car segment when it launched in 1982.
At the time it was considered a risky move, but the “baby Benz” turned out to be a success, giving the brand a much wider audience. More than 1.8 million Mercedes 190s were sold worldwide from 1982 to April 1993.
Many of them are still functional to this day, a testimony of the fact that the 190 was a massively over-engineered car, as Mercedes-Benz itself acknowledged. For this reason, finding a low-mileage 190 is not easy. With a bit of luck, however, one can still discover gems like this 1986 Mercedes 190E 2.3 Automatic.
It’s not a particularly special 190 variant, as the 134hp 2.3-liter four-cylinder is the “wrong” 2.3-liter motor. Still, it’s essentially a brand new car, having covered only 310 miles (499 kilometers) from the day it left the factory. We don’t know why it didn’t get driven as the listing does not provide many details in this respect.
However, the seller does say that the metallic red 190E has been kept in a climate controlled facility and has never been registered. Buying this car could be the closest thing to going back in time to 1986 and picking it up from a dealership — it’s still in brand new condition and the photos clearly show it.
It’s nicely specced as well with 15-inch alloys, beige leather seats, four-speed automatic transmission, cruise control, climate control, power sunroof, power windows, Becker radio, driver airbag and more. The car comes with all the paperwork that identifies it as a US-spec model. By now, those of you with a keen eye for detail have already noticed the US market-specific headlights and the odometer that shows miles instead of kilometers.
It would be interesting to learn how this car ended up in Germany again where it is now up for sale for €49,900 (about $55,500). Still, it makes you wonder why anyone hasn’t driven it in 33 years, doesn’t it?