9 Mercedes-Benz 190e cos­worth (1985-93)

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WHY IT’S HERE To get Mercedes on the grid for the 1980s and 1990s Ger­man Tour­ing car race se­ries

The Deutsche Touren­wa­gen Meis­ter­schaft (DTM) se­ries grew to be­come one of the most pop­u­lar rac­ing cham­pi­onships in Europe, with races screened in many coun­tries, and later tak­ing place out­side Ger­many too. With that kind of at­ten­tion it’s no sur­prise that man­u­fac­tur­ers wanted to be tak­ing part. Mercedes-Benz weighed in from 1987 with the sport­ing ver­sion of its ‘baby’ 190E sa­loon, the 2.3-16 with cylin­der head by Cos­worth – hence the generic Merc Cossie tag now ap­plied to the var­i­ous de­vel­op­ments of the model.

That first in­car­na­tion, ac­tu­ally launched back in 1984, had 185bhp in road form and a stylish aero body kit. But things got se­ri­ous now com­pe­ti­tion was hot­ting up and in 1988 en­gine ca­pac­ity grew to 2.5 litres and power out­put to 195bhp, co­in­cid­ing with Mercedes en­ter­ing an of­fi­cial works team.

They stepped things up even fur­ther the fol­low­ing year with the Evo I which had a same ca­pac­ity but short-stroke ver­sion of the en­gine kick­ing out 204bhp. There were wider arches and im­proved aero­dy­nam­ics too. The big daddy Evo II ar­rived in 1990 with gi­ant rear wing, three-height ad­justable sus­pen­sion and a kick­ing 235bhp. In the rac­ing ver­sion of one of th­ese Klaus Lud­wig fi­nally gained Mercedes the DTM Cham­pi­onship in 1992.

WHAT TO PAYn PRO­JECT £5-8k n Us­ablE £9-13k n GOOd £15-18k n CONCOURs £20-22k

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