This as-new Mercedes-Benz 190E Evo II has covered just 885 miles in its 26-year lifespan – and it’s set to break records when it goes under the hammer at Salon Privé next month.
The Evo II is one of just 502 ever sold by Mercedes worldwide, and believed to be one of a mere four cars officially sold in the UK.
Launched at the 1989 Geneva Motor Show, the Evo I was a competitor for the BMW M3 Sport Evolution, allowing entry into the Deutche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM).
The Evo II arrived a year later, boasting a distinctive body kit, an adjustable rear wing and 17-inch bespoke alloys. Its 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine was also fitted with an AMG PowerPack as standard, producing an extra 30hp from revised camshafts, a larger diameter throttle body, more aggressive ignition and fuel management as well as tweaked intake and exhaust systems.
It also featured fully-adjustable suspension, operated by the driver from a switch in the cabin.
The model going under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ yearly Salon Privé sale in September was bought new by a collector and stored at the supplying main dealer for 10 years, covering no road miles in this time.
Silverstone Auctions managing director, Nick Whale, said: “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.”
The 190E’s bodywork is finished in black with its paint described as ‘excellent’ by the auctioneers – with all panels fitting perfectly.
The black interior is as new with ‘little or no wear’ to the leather seats, dash, door cards or headlining.
When it goes through the Salon Privé sale at Blenheim Palace on Saturday 3rd September, the rare Evo II is estimated to make between £180,000 and £220,000.
Whale added: “The fact that the Evo II was a product of the ultra-conservative world of early nineties Mercedes-Benz is even more incredible. Its ostentatious body kit and impressive performance figures make it a showpiece of any serious classic car collection.”