If you're looking for a daily-drivable classic, this Mercedes 190E might be a good fit for you. It's a 2.3-16 Cosworth, the one built to allow Mercedes to go racing in DTM in the 1980s. It has just under 80,000 miles, and . You should buy it.
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The engine in the 2.3-16 started life as the M102 four-cylinder found in the base 190E, but gained a 16-valve, twin-cam head designed by Cosworth. It can rev to 7000 RPM, and made 167 horsepower when new—32 more than the standard model. Getting power to the rear wheels is a five-speed manual transmission with a dogleg first gear. This is the car that would convince BMW to build the first-generation M3 a few years later.
This particular car is a 1986 model with around 79,000 miles on the clock. Painted in signature beige over black interior, it looks to be in fantastic condition for its age. Aside from some small rock chips on the hood, the paint appears undamaged, and the upholstery looks well taken-care of. The only real signs this car is 33 years old are the old, flaking factory window stickers.
The car is currently for sale on eBay in Portland, Oregon . That sounds like a whole lot of money for an old Mercedes with less than 200 horsepower, we know. But it's a great alternative to a new boring daily driver for a similar price. Sure, you might have to fix a few more things, but we think it could be worth it.