Classic Auto Imports


1985 Mercedes Benz 190E 2.3-16

This is the one! Anthracite gray with black leather interior, 5-speed manual with the higher horsepower, higher compression european spec engine. 75k miles and very tight. Very good to excellent condition throughout.

Yes, this is a 1985 model and that means it was produced for the European market and imported here. In the case of the Cosworth 190E, this means that this car has higher horsepower (185hp vs 167hp), torque and compression ratio.

This is a really nice example of a very desirable and collectable car. This is not a show car, but it certainly is in much better than average condition and has a relatively low 75,000 miles on it. It is probably too nice to take racing — even though it is a race car — but could make a great base for a project street car. Or do like me and just drive it! I have driven a lot of Mercedes in my life and this is the only one that really feels like a sports car. It's nimble handling, high revving Cosworth engine and great exhaust note make this car a blast to drive. Please come buy it before I get into trouble!

All questions should be directed to or call 603-359-5836


• 75,000 Miles
• Five-speed transmission
• 4-cylinder 2.3 liter engine

This car is registered and inspected in New Hampshire and ready to drive away.

The car has zero rust and a new professional paint job in Anthracite Gray. There are two dings on the bodywork: one on the right front fender where the previous owner dropped his surf board on it and the second on the left rear quarter that looks like it came from something pushing out from the trunk(?). Both dings are relatively minor and can easily be repaired if desired — I wouldn't bother if this is going to be anything other than a show car. This car has never seen snow or salt.

The interior of the car is in excellent condition save for a pulled seam along the top of the rear seats and some typical minor scuffing on the driver's side outside seat bolster.

The engine bay is very clean and the motor is stock with the exception of a K+N air filter.

There are lots of great resources on the internet for the 190E 2.3-16; as with other collectable cars, there is a core group of enthusiasts that are extremely knowledgeable about them. One of the best places to start is Look around this site and then go to their Links page and on from there. Good stuff! (no affiliation).

"The heart of the 2.3-16 was its engine. Mercedes collaborated with engine building masters Cosworth Technology Ltd. They helped to develop the 16 valve cylinder head with mechanical valve lifters. They came up with 185 hp from only 2.3 liters displacement. It had a light alloy cylinder head with dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder (16 valves total), giving the performance version its name. The engine had a mechanically/ electronically controlled gasoline injection system. The 190 E 2.3-16 consequently produced 72 bhp and 55 Nm of torque more than the basic single overhead cam engine with only 2 valves per cylinder. The 2.3L engine (designated the M102) produced 185 bhp (137 kW) at 6.000 rpm and 235 Nm at 4.500 rpm. The rev limiter was set at 7.000 rpm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h was 7,5 seconds, and the top speed was 230 km/h. This engine was called the ECE engine and it used 98 RON. In 1986 a catalytic converter became an option, in that case the engine had 170 bhp. Because unleaded fuel was not available at all places there was also a so-called RÜF engine with 177 bhp. This engine was prepared for an easy assembly of a catalytic converter as soon as unleaded fuel was enough avaliable. These both engines run on RON 95. The cars destined for the US had a slightly reduced compression ratio (9.7:1 instead of 10.5:1), and had 167 bhp at 5800 rpm and 220 Nm at 4750 rpm. The engine was also fitted with an oil cooler to ensure efficient oil cooling."