MAR 17th 2016

1990 E‑Class DTM Special OR New Audi R8 V10 For The Same Money?

Running in parallel with its dedicated Goodwood 74th Members’ Meeting sale on Sunday 20 March, Bonhams will also be holding another auction this coming weekend, based at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart on Saturday 19th, and dedicated solely to the famous German marque.

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With almost 60 Mercedes-Benz lots to choose from – ranging from a 1926 Saoutchik designed 24/100/140 PS Model K La Baule Transformable, through to a 2009 SLR McLaren ‘Stirling Moss’ roadster – selecting a single car is no easy task.

We’ve opted to keep it simple and have chosen a 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution 2, this rare limited homologation special was produced with touring car racing in mind, the ‘Evo 2’ going on to win the 1992 DTM Championship for the Stuttgart manufacturer.

The 231 bhp 190 Evo 2 wore a dramatic and distinctive body kit, aimed at satisfying the Group A race regulations, including a giant rear boot spoiler, flared wheel arch blisters and a deep ‘snow plough’ front spoiler, contrasting with the plush ‘executive’ black leather interior to match the coachwork.

Audi R8 Plus

The Bonhams 190 Evo 2 has covered less than 30,000 miles and is reported to be in first class condition. It’s auction sales value is estimated at c. £135,000. For this amount, you could go for this practical Mercedes modern classic, or for a similar budget, opt for a brand new performance two-seater, offering considerably more performance, but with compromised versatility.

So, would you go for the Mercedes, or order your new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S for similar money? Or how about a McLaren 570S, an Audi R8 V10 Plus, or a new 911 Turbo? We’d choose a BAC Mono at £110,000, and buy a something practical but fun like a RenaultSport Megane 285 Trophy with the spare change.

Images courtesy of Bonhams

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