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garcon magnifique

Mercedes 190E 2.3 16

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The time has come to let the Merscabies find a better home. Someone who can hopefully keep her on the road a while longer, maybe give her interior a bit of a spruce up, but most of all actually use and abuse her. She loves that and I have to confess I've been rather negligent of her needs over the past year or so.

For those on facebook, pics and info are here: https://www.facebook.com/mike.shaw.146/posts/10207540885071693

In brief, it's a 190E 2.3 16 manual, 1985, 166,000 miles in Blue Black with black Recaro leather. MoT expired late November (new MoT can be arranged). Bodywork and mechanics both good. A worthwhile investment at a very reasonable £7950. No great rush to sell but I'm not using it as I should and will probably go to auction in the spring if unsold.

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Not too shabby.

What's the market like for those in the UK?  I'd have thought they'd be getting as rare as rocking horse poo.

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You could have bloody cleaned it :P

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There seems to be quite a bit of interest, which is pushing prices of good ones up quite a bit. According to howmanyleft.co.uk there's 43 still on the road in the UK.

It'll get a proper clean and some better photos at some point. Probably. It was partly intentional to show someone I know who's interested an honest view of the condition of the interior.

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To be fair it's looking better than I thought it would. 

Good pics need a bright sunny day rather than a miserable, dull, dank, cold one. 

Like today instead of yesterday! D'oh! :blink:

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Nah. Would be nice if increasing estimates on the good ones dragged mine into 5 figures though...

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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.

£7,950

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)
  • New battery

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.  

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P.S. It's almost certainly gone up in value since January, so either I was asking too much then or (more likely I reckon) it's a bargain now...

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Well bugger me!  Deposit taken from first caller!  Definitely a bargain... although I defy anyone to put an accurate value on it and I'm happy enough with the price I got. New owner sounds like a proper enthusiast who will hopefully use it and spend a little more to improve the interior.  All subject to him transferring the balance and picking it up, of course. Sounds like it'll be joining quite a family collection, including two classic Range Rovers and three (yes three) E39 M5s! 

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Fantastic news, fingers crossed it all goes through and by the sounds of it to a good home. +++ 

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Sold! The Merscabies has a new owner! Sounds like he's going to be doing a fair bit of work to bring it a bit further up to scratch, particularly to the interior, which is, not to put too fine a point on it, fücked. It's going to a (wealthy going by the cars they turned up in) family of classic enthusiasts.

I didn't tell him about the Merscabies name, or the oven, or that it features in a book...!

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