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