If you’re wondering how a 26-year-old car can be in such an exceptional condition, the collector who bought it kept it for around a decade at the dealer. It’s an obvious sign the 190E Evo II featured here was purchased purely as an investment, with the odometer showing just 855 miles (1,375 kilometers). It’s the car number 452 out of a total of 502 manufactured and at the same time it is one of the only four that were officially sold as new in U.K. by Mercedes.

It would be futile to talk about its condition since the images give the impression the car has just left the assembly line. Even by today’s standards the 190E Evo II is a respectable machine, with 235 horsepower (173 kilowatts), 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (250 kph). Like all 190E Evo IIs, it comes with a blue black metallic exterior, while this particular car has an almost impeccable leather interior.

It’s certainly a rare opportunity to buy a mint condition, low-mileage Evolution II, so it’s no wonder Silverstone Auctions is estimating the car will fetch £180,000 – £220,000 (about $233,550 – $285,459) at the Salon Prive Sale at Blenheim Palace on September 3rd.

If you have the means to buy a classic Mercedes in great condition, the Mercedes-Benz Museum has been directly selling restored models since November last year. We checked the alltime-stars.com website to see if there’s anything interesting and found a lovely 1960 190 SL (W121) in Concours Condition with 18 miles (29 km) on the clock, hence the hefty €212,121 (about $235,025) price tag.

Source: Silverstone Auctions

Gallery: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II

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  • 85 miles from new 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II for auction
  • One of only four cars that were officially sold new in the UK
  • Offered at Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Privé Sale estimated at between £180,000 and £220,000

An incredible 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II, with just 885 miles on the clock, will go under the hammer as part of Silverstone Auctions’ sale at Salon Privé at Blenheim Palace on Saturday 3rd September.

This particular car, number 452 of 502 cars made by Mercedes-Benz, was supplied new to the UK by Lancaster Mercedes-Benz in 1990, one of only four cars that were officially sold new in the UK. Testament to its originality and low mileage, amazingly the dealer sticker still resides on the back window in pristine condition.

The car was purchased by a collector and stored at the supplying main dealer for approximately 10 years, covering virtually no road miles in this time. The bodywork is finished in black and the paint retains an excellent even shine across all panels. The panel fit is superb and the condition of the exterior is a joy to behold.

The same goes for the black interior that seems to have little or no wear to either the leather seats, dash, door cards or headlining. The engine bay is totally original and correct, with components that have been incredibly well preserved over the last 26 years. It now heads to auction at one of Silverstone Auctions’ most high profile auctions of the year, estimated at between £180,000 and £220,000.

Commenting on the very special car, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: “Any fan of the legendary ‘Group A' Touring Car era needs to see this car to truly appreciate both its originality and splendid collector status. Without question, one of the lowest mileage examples one could ever find on the market today. We welcome any pre-sale inspections on this unique vehicle and are certain you’ll agree that this incredible homologation special would be a welcome contender at any Concours event around the world.”

Twenty-five years ago, the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II thrilled visitors when it was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show. Legend has it that the limited run of 502 cars were sold pre-launch, possibly being squirrelled away by international car collectors. The bitter rivalry between BMW and Mercedes-Benz in saloon car racing at the time throughout Europe helped hone the greatest touring cars of the era. The Evo II had to win against one of the best touring cars of all time, the E30 M3. Compromise was out of the question and the touring car, developed for Group A racing using this sports saloon as a basis, went on to acquire legendary status. Mercedes-Benz took the first three places in the DTM championship in the 1992 season with this vehicle, which was referred to succinctly as the "Evo II".

Nick added: "The fact that the Evo II was a product of the ultra-conservative world of early nineties Mercedes-Benz is even more incredible. Its ostentatious body kit and impressive performance figures make it a showpiece of any serious classic car collection.”