After a 25-year lockout, American roads will very soon become subjected to a new level of Euro-racing terror. This 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth Evo 2 has just passed the magic 25-year-old mark, meaning it may be the first of its kind to legally be imported into the United States.
While the 190E 2.3 Cosworth was sold in the U.S. in 1986 and 1987, the Evo 2, a car directly derived from Benz’s DTM racer, was never sold here. The Evo 2 was introduced in 1990 and had a number of cosmetic and mechanical changes including a wild-for-its-time aerodynamics package, an in-car adjustable suspension, improved brakes, bigger 17-inch wheels, and a reworked AMG 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 235 horsepower.
About 500 streetgoing Evo 2s were made, and all production models were available only in black. Racing versions went on to be very competitive in the DTM racing series and battled head-to-head against the best from BMW and Audi, including the E30 BMW M3 Evo.
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This particular Evo 2, for sale right now on eBay, is unique in that it may be the first of its kind to be road-legal and for sale in the U.S. Due to NHTSA’s 25-year rule, any car not originally sold stateside can be imported after its 25th birthday. According to the seller, this car was imported as soon as it met the age requirements, and a copy of its importation declaration is included in the ad. Mileage sits at the 80K mark, while the car (production number 146 of 500) appears to be in excellent cosmetic condition.
The $205, 000 price tag is something of a shocker, however. Non-Evo versions of the 190E Cosworth can be found for a fraction of that price. Evidently, if you want to be the first on your block—or maybe in the country—with this rare machine, it’s gonna cost.