MERCEDES 190 EVO II
Number 004/500 Ex Mercedes France press car
The Mercedes 190 was unveiled in 1983 and very soon in 1984 the mighty sport version was introduced, the 2.3 16V, Mercedes being desirable then to conquer a new generation of customers via a more sporting and trendy image. It had an engine revisited by Cosworth with a superb 16 valves head which allowed 185 HP, a superb looking and a fantastic handling due to the all new « 5 links » rear suspension. The car immediately met commercial success beating several world records for a production car and was even raced by Grand Prix drivers during « wild » races in 1984 on Saturday afternoons during GP week-ends. A certain young driver called « Senna » signing remarkable victories ! After a few attempts by Snobeck to turn them into Group A race cars, it was not before 1988 and AMG efforts in DTM that the subject became a serious matter for Mercedes. The Group A regulations on which the DTM ones were mostly based on, was very simple. It was required to build 5000 examples in a year of a same car to get the homologation, then a limited edition of 500 cars was required to obtain a homologation extension.The aim was to beat the mighty BMW M3s which were terrific winners and to do so Mercedes homologated 500 cars called « Evolution » to make the DTM version quicker with 2.5 liter specific engine and aero kit. Unfortunately BMW also homologated evolutions and in 1990 released the even more mighty « Sport EVO ». Mercedes’ reaction in 1990 would create one of the most fantastic touring road cars ever. Indeed the « Evolution II » had a fantastic looking with a proper race car body, an insane 235 HP engine reving up to 7700rpm, 4 pot caliper brakes ( a « premiere » for Mercedes ), ride height adjustable suspension and so on. The driving of the EVO II is a great experience with a fantastic engine sound, great handling and an unknown high speed stability then for a touring car. Aerodynamically the body kit works perfectly, with a surprising low drag ( aka 0,30 CX ) it very easily reaches its top high speed. The ultra iconic 190 Evolution II is one of the greatest touring cars built and probably the wildest Mercedes ever.
This sensational car is serial number 004/500, it was delivered new to Mercedes France for press purposes and registered 7343 WG 78. It was used for exhibitions and test drives, was notably subject to large articles in the famous magazines « Echappement » and « Auto Hebdo » in 1990. It also made an appearance at the presentation of the C32 AMG in 2002 in « Option ». Surprisingly the car was retained until 2005 by Mercedes France who then sold it to its first « private » owner nearby Bordeaux with 28 000 km. It is remarkable that the car was given with all of its internal notes and invoices when owned by Mercedes from 1990 to 2005. The Mercedes belonged then to a real car enthusiast who took the best care of it and had it serviced at a Mercedes dealership every year before he finally sold it to the current owner in 2012. It has now ran 42 000 km and is in a truly mint overall condition. It is not excessive to state that it has an incredible provenance and has one of the most comprehensive history file we have seen including every single service invoices back to 1990, a copy of the original Mercedes France registration, the original number plates and all the period magazines the car features in. This 190 Evolution II, the 4th one built, is one of the most desirable examples and would satisfy the most demanding collectors.