We’ve long wished for the glory days of German Touring Car racing to return. Until that day comes, though, we might just have to buy a project like this 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190 Cosworth. Anyone lucky enough to have seen a late 80s or early 90s DTM race isn’t likely to forget it. The world’s greatest drivers took to the track in cars that looked like production sedans from BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz but moved more like Formula One cars. One of those cars was the Mercedes-Benz 190 and in an effort to produce a better race car, the German manufacturer produced a special version with a 16 valve cylinder head supplied by Cosworth. The example shown here is just such a car and has travelled almost 99,000 miles since being imported into the U.S. in 1986. The seller claims the car is in solid original condition with no rust or major mechanical issues. What really excites us, however, is that the 190 comes with a veritable pallet-load of new and lightly used performance parts including DTM center lock wheels, center lock adapters, Bilstein shocks, H&R springs, Brembo brakes, Evo II swaybars and much, much more. The entirety of the car and its included parts offer the next owner plenty of options and though we normally worry about modifying cars that may one day be collectible, the temptation to do so here is just too great. If it were ours we’d install the best of the performance parts, restore and install the DTM wheels, install a roll cage and gut the interior to a point we’d be just comfortable enough to drive it back and forth to open track days. As an added bonus we could sell off the unused and stripped parts and likely recoup a good deal of the purchase price. Any way we cut it seems like a fun project. Find the 190 for sale here on eBay in Toronto, Canada with the reserve not yet met at $3,500.
DTM in a Box – 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190 Cosworth
August 7, 2012 by 3 Comments