Mercedes-Benz 190E Evolution II makes French auction debut

The Mercedes-Benz 190E Evolution II has had a wild value ride to match its enormous rear wing. Since Silverstone Auctions sold one for north of £200,000 a few years ago, you couldn’t move at European car shows or auction halls for Evo IIs – all freshly up for sale.

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That’s quite an achievement as just 502 were built to homologate the DTM race car. For such a rare car, there were suddenly an awful lot of them on the market, all at the same time. As great as this ultimate 190E is, there are only a certain number of enthusiasts willing to spend six figures on one of these at a time. As a result, Silverstone Auctions’ record still stands. Over the past year prices have softened and many have been withdrawn from sale.

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That means now could be an excellent time to buy, and if you find yourself in Paris for the wonderful Retromobile show you might just fancy a spot of post-Christmas indulgence. And what would be better than a 190E Evolution II? This one’s up for grabs with Bonhams at its Les Grandes Marques Du Monde Au Grande Palais sale on February 8th, with an estimate of £75,000 to £110,000.

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This particular example, up for grabs with Silverstone Auctions at its Lancaster Insurance NEC Classic Motor Show sale from 10-12 November, is left-hand drive. Okay, not so great for UK commuting but imagine a road trip to European circuits in it… now that’s a tantalising proposition. It’s done less than 11,000km and has plenty of service history from marque specialists in Germany, Japan and the UK.

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It’s not got a super-low mileage – the clock reads 97,000km – but that’s barely run in for any Mercedes-Benz. It’s freshly serviced and comes with a vast paperwork file confirming its history. If you’ve ever fancied one of these, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get one cheaper in future.

More details can be found at bonhams.com

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