I've actually gone and advertised it on carandclassic.co.uk after a friend of a friend said he was interested, so I got it out of storage and cleaned it up a bit, only for him to go and buy something else, the ungrateful scrote. So anyway, here's the ad:
Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth, 1985 C Registration, manual dogleg gearbox, sought after combination of Blue Black paintwork with black full leather Recaro interior.
The odometer shows 166k miles. The car comes with a folder full of receipts and MoT certificates and a good dealer and specialist service record. Current MoT expires 5th June 2018.
I bought the car from Ben (Shark Performance) in May 2014, who bought it in 2012 after a long search for a good, useable example. During Ben’s ownership (2012 to 2014), the car benefitted from:
New brake discs and pads, callipers greased etc
Fuel pump and metering unit, Ignition module
1 major service (all filters/spark plugs), 3 minor services (oil/filter etc)
2 rear springs, 2 front shock absorbers
Cooling fan switch
4 new tyres
Dashboard repaired and flocked
Electric window switch
New heater matrix
New speakers installed (original Blaupunkt radio/cassette retained)
In November 2014, I had the following bodywork restoration carried out by Cheshire Classic Benz:
Welding to floor and rear
Replace and paint bonnet
Prepare and paint bootlid and OSR quarter
Remove/refit bodykit parts
Treat rust to NSR door shut
Machine polish whole car
I had the car serviced by Cheshire Classic Benz in April 2015, incl. renew engine oil/filter, renew brake fluid, coolant level switch and 100 degree switch. Prior to its most recent MoT in June 2017, Cheshire Classic Benz replaced a sticky NSF brake calliper, fitted new front brake pads and wear sensors, and replaced the grille with a good condition secondhand grille and new grille star.
Hopefully this shows that Ben and I have sought to spend money in the right places to restore at least some of the car’s original glory. The car appears mechanically strong, pulling smoothly with just a little transmission whine in lower gears when cold, underneath the chassis is solid and bodywork is good with relatively few blemishes. The interior is beginning to show its age and mileage in terms of general wear and degrading plastics.
The V5 shows 20 (twenty) former keepers, which is an admittedly high number. It’s possible the car may have changed hands within the same family/business a few times in its earlier life, and it was at one point registered in Belgium and then re-registered in the UK. This also accounts for the car having a different ‘C’ registration number now than at first registration.
This car will never be a concourse showroom queen, however with only 38 190E 2.3-16s on the road in the UK (according to howmanyleft.co.uk), as a well used but honest and roadworthy example it is arguably rarer than the low mileage, low owner cars you can find at classic dealers. It’s also priced accordingly at £7950 or very nearest offer.