1980s / 1990s / Future classic / German / Mercedes-Benz

Is the Mercedes-Benz 190 (w201) a future classic?

It’s hard to believe it, but the Mercedes-Benz 190 series (w201) was launched almost thirty years ago. While special versions like the 190E 2.3-16 are highly sought after today, entry-level models are usually beat up and worth almost nothing. This makes buying one a very cheap way to drive a car with a three-pointed star on the hood, assuming of course that it hasn’t been torn off.

190s came in many different flavors over the years. Buyers in Europe could pick between diesel and gasoline engines, automatic and manual gearboxes, and choose from a very long list of options, which means that it is hard to find two 190s that are exactly identical.

The BMW E30, the 190’s arch rival throughout most of the 1980s, is already starting to gain ground in the collector car market.  Is the original baby-Benz also destined to become a classic, or will it forever remain the unloved child of Mercedes’ 1980s lineup?

9 thoughts on “Is the Mercedes-Benz 190 (w201) a future classic?

  1. Apart from reliability, these have very few redeeming features, no? I can’t see this becoming a classic, especially as there are so many W124s about, which have the same solidity, but also better equipment levels, more space, etc…

  2. The early ones are getting really scarce ,theres an ’84B for sale currently.Poverty spec 190e 2lt auto less than 50 left .

  3. I think you all hit the nail on the head in other aspects. The w124 is a brilliant car especially with an m103. BUT, the 201 represented a new era for Mercedes Benz and because of this, the 201 model will always be cherished for bringing the modern baby Benz into the scene. I own a 190D 2.5 and ill be holding onto it!!!

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