Classics – Santa’ please bring us the keys to this lovely Mercedes 190 E Evolution II image

Tis’ the season to be jolly – but I’m certainly not going to be unless I get the keys and certificate to this marvelous low-mileage Mercedes 190 E Evolution II currently in search of a new home garage.

This Benz is still young – at 26 years of age – and is also in mint condition because it has only racked 3160 miles on the odometer – meaning it had very few chances to tear up the track alongside its major competitor from the mid ’80s to the early ‘90s – the BMW M3. Both models were highly successful in DTM, with the Mercedes-Benz 190 E Cosworth first presented back in 1983 – when it had a 2.3-liter engine tuned by Cosworth to 185 horsepower (138 kilowatts) and 174 pound-feet (236 Newton-meters) of torque. Years later, starting with 1988, the model received a bigger 2.5-liter with 204 horsepower (150 kilowatts). In 1990 the Evolution II appeared following the success of the Evolution I from a year earlier – limited to just 502 units per homologation rules, with the 2.5-liter Cosworth-tuned engine cranked to 235 horsepower.

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This particular example comes from RM Sotheby’s as it will be sold to the highest bidder in Arizona January 19 to 20, 2017. Everything on the car is original and in working condition, with just 5,000 kilometers (3,160 miles) on the odo. This is also the first time an Evo II comes up for grabs in America, so we’re going to see a pretty big check being written at the end of the auction.