5k: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16V W201 Cosworth

The Mercedes-Benz W201 chassis was another evolution of Mercedes low end luxury sedans, known today as the C-Class.  Mercedes was anxious to do well in touring car racing, so they built a road version with a hopped-up engine and sold it around the world for homologation purposes.  The 190E 2.3-16V Cosworth model actually beat the infamous E30 M3 to the market but today is a much thriftier alternative.  Find this 1987 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16V W201 Cosworth for sale in Metairie, Jefferson Parish, LA via craigslist.  Tip from Joshua T.

The 2.3-16V Cosworth cars are powered by a 2.3 liter inline-4 with a DOHC head designed by Cosworth and produced 167 horsepower and 162 ft-lbs of torque.  The racing version was certainly cooler, but for road going purposes the 2.3-16V was a powerful engine when compared to most other mid eighties 4-bangers.

 The 2.3-16V is famous for the dog-leg 5-speed gearbox mating it to the rear wheels.  Don’t worry, no dogs were harmed in the making of the gearbox -it is simply a term designating the fact that first gear is located up and to the left 2nd gear is located up and center.  In theory the number of 1st-2nd gear changes on a track are limited, so allowing 2nd-3rd gear changes to be a simple up/down procedure will give you a faster track car.  In practice you will fight and curse at this shifter every time you get into the car from another “conventional” 5-spd until you get re-acquainted. 

The only issue we see with this Cossie is that the rear end is strangely low, it is the big easy, so perhaps Ignatius Reilly is sleeping in the back seat.  See a better dog-leg shifted classic? email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com