A legendary BMW M3 Sport Evo and an equally iconic Mercedes 190E Cosworth Evo II will rekindle their racing days battle at the auction block during Silverstone Auctions’ upcoming sale.
Both models competed against each other in Group A touring car racing during the late 1980s and early 1990s, and now the ultimate versions of the iconic machines are meeting once more during an auction. Silverstone Auctions has a 1990 BMW M3 Sport Evolution and a 1990 Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II up for grabs during its NEC Classic Motor Show sale in Birmingham, England on November 12. Both have top estimates of £115,000.
BMW set loose the E30 M3 back in 1986 with a naturally-aspirated, 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine. Its Sport Evolution – also known as Evo III – was introduced in 1989 with just 600 examples produced and using a 2.5-liter motor cooking 235 horsepower (175 kilowatts). This example also has AC Schnitzer suspension and bodywork – and its driving duties only include 65,002 miles (104,610 kilometers).
In the other corner sits the Mercedes 190E Cosworth with its 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine built by the British specialist and a close to perfection chassis. The Evo II was introduced in 1990 and had the engine up to 235 hp (175 kW), the suspension lowered and the wildest bodykit ever for a Mercedes car until then. The example has only 25,500 miles (41,000 km) on its odometer.