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1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E

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£7,000 to £8,000

  • Mileage~80,000 calculated
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine2.0L
  • LocationNewport


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Matthew Nolan
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The car that offers class, comfort, and mechanical robustness, the revolutionary W201 190E.

The Mercedes-Benz W201 is the internal designation for the 190 series saloons, the car features a front-engine rear-drive, five-door body and was produced for 11 years between 1982 and 1993. The W201 was a triumph in technology, engineering, and comfort. Mercedes spent £600 million developing the 190 and intended it to take the world by storm, it certainly did.

Almost 2 million units were built, and over the car's production, it was only ever available in one shape - the elegant saloon. Mercedes admitted the car was 'massively over-engineered' which was not a bad thing, and the build quality even by today's standards is outstanding. It offered the driver handling, performance, and safety, wrapped up in a very attractive package.

This example is coming to market from the same owners since new, finished in iconic two-tone Signal Red which was the Mercedes-Benz styling at the time, a well cared for example and more recently the car has had a major overhaul of the fuel injector and ignition systems.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Matthew after meeting Kieron the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I've owned this 190E since new, a gift for my wife, although I've had the most fun in it!

Kieron has owned this 190E since new, purchasing it from the main dealer 32 years ago for his wife. He had the perfect car pictured, it had to be red and it had to have the sports look in the shape of the spoiler.

A lack of use more recently has meant that Kieron and his wife have decided to sell the car. It's been given a major service in February, where AutoServices in Pontypool changed the spark plugs, rotor arm, ignition coil, injection to manifold gasket, servo to manifold pipe, fuel meter distributor, fuel pump relay, manifold seals, and housing. Kieron will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments below.

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Form follows function with the 190E, the car offered cutting edge aerodynamics for its time.

Wheels and Tyres

Finished with silver hub caps with the large and distinctive three pointed stars, it's a very 80s look. Each hubcap appears in excellent condition with no wear worth noting, a very well-kept set of wheels.

The wheels are wrapped in premium Pirelli P6's all around, Kieron reports he changed the tyres 4 and a half years ago, on our visit we found the wheels to have a good amount of tread left for the new owner to drive away on.


The bodywork looks to have been well kept over the years by Kieron, and so the panel gaps and shut lines look excellent and even across the entire car.

The underside looks solid and as if it's been given the attention it deserves. If we are being really picky. Please take a look at the photos and videos for a detailed review of the exterior to assess the condition for yourselves.


Finished in a vibrant Signal Red with the two-tone lower half. Both shades of red appear even in colour and finish throughout. The standard of the paint is very high for the age and mileage of the car.

Thanks to a professional machine polish two weeks ago, it has really helped bring out the colour and give it a deep lustre. The only thing we could pick out worth noting is some stone chips to the lower front of the car, in line with the mileage and use. Please take a look at the photos and video for a detailed view of the 190E paintwork.

Glass and Trim

The glass appears in great condition with no area of concern to report, the door and glass rubbers are in line with the rest of the car.

The black trim bumpers appear also in very good condition maintaining their colour and pairing nicely with the two-tone red paint.


An elegant, hardwearing, and very usable cabin from a bygone era, finished with wood veneer touches.

Seats and Carpets

Along with the exterior, this is one very well cared for car. The interior looks in great condition and as if always been cleaned/maintained to a very high standard over the previous 32 years. The seats appear in great condition throughout, they are very comfortable and perfect for long drives.

The door cards and roof lining all appear in similar condition with no evidence of sagging or major wear worth noting. Please take a look at the photos and videos for a detailed tour of the interior.


As you would expect from Mercedes, clean and luxurious, the dashboard looks in great condition with its wood veneer and hard-wearing black dash.

The dials and gauges are presented nicely, with very legible numbers and no signs of fogging or notable wear. Kieron reports that the speedo was changed at ~57,000 miles as documented in the service book - and now the true mileage is ~ 80,000. Please take a look at the history and paperwork to see the mileage in line with the new replacement speedo.

The switches and controls are also fully functional and are in good condition with minimal signs of wear.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

A classic 4-spoke Mercedes-Benz steering wheel that throws you back to the late 80s.

Both the steering wheel and gearstick are in a condition you would expect from this car - we didn't observe and excessive signs of wear and tear and both items present in smart condition. We have captured high-resolution photos for you to review and appreciate the condition of the interior.


Fitted with the renowned bulletproof M102, these units were over-engineered tanks and will go for miles when maintained correctly.

Engine and Gearbox

Mercedes-Benz engines from this era are renowned for being bulletproof and setting multiple world records. This car is a great choice if you're looking for a very usable and desirable classic.

This car is fitted with the popular 2.0L M102 8V inline 4, which could take you to 62mph in 10.5 seconds and offer the driver with 120BHP to tap into.

Take a look at the mechanical video to see the car spring to life from cold. Kieron reports no known issues with the engine or gearbox, mentioning a smooth and comfortable ride is offered every time, just what you'd expect with the work completed in Februrary. We also captured him on the road, operating the car and showing you a passengers point of view.

Suspension and Brakes

What sets the car apart from other brands was the amount of over-engineering that went into it. The 190E introduced a 5-link rear suspension which was then used in the C and E class models, front and rear anti-roll bars, anti-dive and anti-squat geometry, airbags, ABS brakes, and seatbelt pre-tensioners.

Overall an impressively well-equipped car that drastically improved motoring safety and the car's handling performance. Kieron informs us the car drives just as it should and stops on demand too, with no unwanted noises or rattles.

The Drive

Kieron has loved driving this car so much, he's kept it for the previous 32 years. It was purchased for his wife, but the reality is that he's done the lions share of the driving. More recently, the car has only been used for occasional trips out on fair weather days, however has always had it stored dry and treated it to a deep polish.

Electrics and Other

Kieron reports all the electrics are working on the car to his knowledge along with the electric sunroof. Any issues always tended to during his servicing regime.

History and Paperwork

One very attractive Signal Red 190E, with one careful owner since new, a whole host of service history, there can't be many like this about.

Owned by Kieron for the previous 32 years, he's really enjoyed using this car, although it was a gift for his wife! The cars engine is from a bulletproof era, and with Kieron's intensive upkeep of it, this 190E is a safe bet when it comes to choosing a reliable and practical classic. Please take a look at the photos of the paperwork section to see the money spent on parts, maintenance, and MOTs.

The speedo was changed at ~57,000 miles in 1997 as documented in the service book, and so the calculated mileage covered by this car is circa ~80,000. The car was also given a service in February this year, with a major check and overhaul of the injector and ignition systems to ensure it's running right.

We have actioned our usual checks; Photo ID, V5C, HPi.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
31.08.2021 MOT 23,657
08.02.2021 Service 23,021
01.09.2020 MOT 22,887
16.04.2014 MOT 22,846
22.10.2013 MOT 22,432
19.10.2012 MOT 22,047
19.10.2011 MOT 21,468
12.10.2010 MOT 21,078
23.10.2009 MOT 20,575
17.10.2008 MOT 20,019
09.10.2007 MOT 18,858
17.10.2006 MOT 17,500
25.10.2005 MOT 16,393
07.01.2005 Service (MD) 15,232
26.11.2001 Service (MD) 8,913
26.11.1999 Service (MD) 4,325
14.07.1997 Service (MD) 5 (clock change at 57,401)
10.04.1996 Service (MD) 54,251
15.03.1995 Service (MD) 48,468
16.07.1994 Service (MD) 42,616
26.07.1993 Service (MD) 35,417
01.08.1992 Service (MD) 29,595
31.01.1992 Service (MD) 24,569
18.01.1991 Service (MD) 13,121
08.06.1990 Service (MD) 6,595
27.11.1989 Service (MD) 606
Key Details
  • Model190E
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date01.11.1989
  • CC1,997
  • Mileage~80,000
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourSignal Red
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Chassis #WDB2010242F674221
  • Engine #10296220245069
  • Last Service08.02.2021
  • MOT31.08.2022
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers0
  • Tyre BrandPirelli P6
  • Security SysStandard
  • # of Keys1
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • OwnedSince new, 32 years
  • Key FeatureOwnership and condition

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Ends : Mon 18th October

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albert james corne
albert james corne

Hi Kieron your car looks to be in great condition is there a reserve on the car?
Regards Jim

Kulraj Salh

Hi Jim, all cars we auction have a reserve, unless stated as “No Reserve” in the auction title. Best, Kulraj – Trade Classics


Ok thanks for the reply can i make an offer if reserve is not met Kulraj ?

£3,500 bid by CORN0067 13.10.2021 @ 19:02:24

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