If you cast your mind back a few months, you might remember us featuring Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo II with just 885 miles on the clock. As a consequence of the crazy low mileage, its estimate was getting on for a quarter of a million quid, and it ended up going for £202,500.
Now, Silverstone Auctions has another Evo II for sale, but with a much more ‘leggy’ 25,500 miles on the clock, so its estimate is a far easier to stomach…£100,000 - 115,000. Wait, what?
Remember when you could pick up an Evo II for about £30k? Pepperidge Farm Remembers.
Anyway, now you’ve had time to let that sink in and realise that there is absolutely no such thing as a cheap Evo II, let’s have a closer look at this thing. It’s number 28 of the original run of 500 cars, all of which were finished in Blauschwarz. The 2.5-litre, 16-valve four-pot is good for 232bhp which arrives at 7200rpm, although you can - and should - let it rev all the way up to a spine-tingling 7700rpm.
It’s not the only 90s touring car legend Silverstone is selling off this month, either. The auction house also has a stunning BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution going under the hammer, yours for £95,000 to £115,000
So it’s about the same price as the Mercedes, but I suppose one way of looking at is you could buy both for about the same price as that one 885 mile 190E Evo II ended up going for not so long ago. Every cloud, and all that…
Both cars will go under the hammer on 12 November at Silverstone Auctions’ Classic Motor Show Sale at the NEC in Birmingham.