RE: Mercedes marks 40 years of the 190

RE: Mercedes marks 40 years of the 190

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The spinner of plates

16,766 posts

184 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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Turbobanana said:
Near launch date, the design team went out for a celebratory lunch.

Everyone chose the bratwurst, except Peter Pfeiffer who picked a peck of pickled pepper.

Edited by Turbobanana on Wednesday 23 November 09:20
Made me laugh whilst not on mute during a boring Teams meeting, thanks laugh

austinsmirk

5,245 posts

107 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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I remember my father buying one in the 80’s. Honestly it was like being the son of a king when he arrived at school to collect me etc ! Not really but compared to the rest of the junk out there !

Mercedes in the 80’s were literally the car to have.

PGN

204 posts

198 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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We won't see anything with that level of quality and design logic again. They were expensive in the day but you got what you paid for.

SimonTheSailor

11,506 posts

212 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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blue al said:
This instead… https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/12186783

No wonder BL went bankrupt
Sadly looks like it's been snapped up frown

Darnoc95

70 posts

14 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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Wow where have those 40 years gone! Although they look a little dated now its not by much. Interior quality of these cars was way above its competion. Would love one as a daily now simpler times

Trusty Steed

267 posts

178 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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My little Benz! Still a very tidy machine, everything still works and no signs of wear anywhere. Its a 2.0 Auto.

Edited by Trusty Steed on Wednesday 23 November 10:23

The spinner of plates

16,766 posts

184 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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Trusty Steed said:


My little Benz! Still a very tidy machine, everything still works and no signs of wear anywhere. Its a 2.0 Auto.

Edited by Trusty Steed on Wednesday 23 November 10:23
Username checks out wink

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Callum43

272 posts

36 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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Twice in the mid 80’s the question arose . A new 3 series or a 190 . Each time I finally went for the BMW as it was “ sportier “ and a wider range was available. The 190 had an older person’s image but you could appreciate the depth of quality . As time passed and I got older the 190’s appeal grew for me which sort of validated my initial thoughts .
Now when I see a good example of both I think I could still live with either of them as everyday transport . Fine cars.

Robertb

324 posts

222 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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blue al said:
This instead… https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/12186783

No wonder BL went bankrupt
Deposit taken!

It’s funny how ‘unexceptional’ cars are now becoming exceptional!

cerb4.5lee

24,942 posts

164 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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Callum43 said:
Twice in the mid 80’s the question arose . A new 3 series or a 190 . Each time I finally went for the BMW as it was “ sportier “ and a wider range was available. The 190 had an older person’s image but you could appreciate the depth of quality . As time passed and I got older the 190’s appeal grew for me which sort of validated my initial thoughts .
Now when I see a good example of both I think I could still live with either of them as everyday transport . Fine cars.
I find the perception of cars really interesting, and I've always associated BMW as being more sporty and Mercedes for the more older person as well.

I was in my local Merc dealer sat waiting for my car last week, and I was the youngest in there by far...and I'm 50 next year! So there is definitely some truth regarding the perception I reckon.

Oso

239 posts

135 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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A nicely written article and I respect the enthusiasm these attract.

But I’ve never seen the appeal. I remember looking at these in 1983 with my Dad and thinking they looked really cheap next to the proper Mercs and thinking that buying one was just the height of pretension as they were slow and jokingly under spec’d for the money.

Kawasicki

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11,788 posts

219 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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Oso said:
A nicely written article and I respect the enthusiasm these attract.

But I’ve never seen the appeal. I remember looking at these in 1983 with my Dad and thinking they looked really cheap next to the proper Mercs and thinking that buying one was just the height of pretension as they were slow and jokingly under spec’d for the money.
Under spec‘d? Look at the rear axle. Very high spec!

irish boy

3,064 posts

220 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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I had a 2.5d auto. It was slow on the uptake but would cruise all day at motorway plus speeds in quiet and comfort. Fabulous car.

Rostyle

36 posts

59 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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So the 190E and 3 series were very very expensive at the time , you were getting golf/escort sized interiors with a really poor standard specification. I guess that's why the majority of company car user choosers took SD1s, Granadas, Carltons etc , much bigger much higher spec etc . I suppose if your company car is to last 2-3 years do you care its built to last 40 years ? The other issue was the UK was not the same as today , people were not obsessed with perceived image , that came later with the advent of PCPs .

Black S2K

1,215 posts

233 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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cerb4.5lee said:
Callum43 said:
Twice in the mid 80’s the question arose . A new 3 series or a 190 . Each time I finally went for the BMW as it was “ sportier “ and a wider range was available. The 190 had an older person’s image but you could appreciate the depth of quality . As time passed and I got older the 190’s appeal grew for me which sort of validated my initial thoughts .
Now when I see a good example of both I think I could still live with either of them as everyday transport . Fine cars.
I find the perception of cars really interesting, and I've always associated BMW as being more sporty and Mercedes for the more older person as well.

I was in my local Merc dealer sat waiting for my car last week, and I was the youngest in there by far...and I'm 50 next year! So there is definitely some truth regarding the perception I reckon.
Aside from Mr baseball-cap in the Allegro-Klasse, you're probably right.

Could explain why M-Bs seem so appallingly driven, a lot of the time. The new Volvo-driver...

Perceptions/stereotypes are psychologically fascinating.


pSyCoSiS

3,324 posts

189 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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Had a few over the years, and all were purchased at way less than £1k.

First one was a 1992 190E 2.0 Auto in Astral Silver, then a 1984 190 Carb 2.0 Auto in Moss Green, followed by a Black 190D 2.5 Auto, which was slow from the offset but cruised happily once up to motorway speeds and finally a White 190E 1.8 Manual.

The Auto boxes definitely suit the normal versions better, as the manual I find to be a bit notchy on them.

But if I had the chance to own a 2.3 / 2.5 Cosworth, it would have to be the dog leg manual.

Talking of the 16v, I almost bought one for £600 back in 2005. Was about to leave to pick it up and the guy ended up selling it to his work colleague. That car would be almost £20k today!

These things were solidly built and well engineered. I love my E30s, but I would say for sure these are higher quality than they are. E30s are more fun to drive, the 190 is smoother and more refined.

Quirks like the ribbed rear lights so that parts of them are still visible even when covered in dirt, the excellent turning circle, the immense sound deadening and comfortable seats make them a master piece of their time. Even at 40 years old, they feel robust and rarely have rattles or creaks from the cabin.

The beginning of the golden era for Mercedes-Benz - W129, W126, R129, W124, W140 are all in the category IMO. To be fair, even in the 50s, 60s, 70s,, their cars were superbly engineered.

sinbaddio

1,923 posts

160 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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I had the same experience with my Dad in 1986. After a lifetime of British co cars (last of which was a V8 SD1) he wantes something German. So he tried a 190E 2.6 and a 325i Sport. He bought the BMW as it was sportier.

On another note - remember Senna in the all F1 star line up at Nurburgring in 1984 (before he was that well known)? F1 drivers all competing in the same cars, would love to see that now!

https://petrolicious.com/articles/reliving-a-uniqu...



silentbrown

7,589 posts

100 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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Reminds me of when this came up a few years ago.

https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24122/lot/211/

Black S2K

1,215 posts

233 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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Rostyle said:
So the 190E and 3 series were very very expensive at the time , you were getting golf/escort sized interiors with a really poor standard specification. I guess that's why the majority of company car user choosers took SD1s, Granadas, Carltons etc , much bigger much higher spec etc . I suppose if your company car is to last 2-3 years do you care its built to last 40 years ? The other issue was the UK was not the same as today , people were not obsessed with perceived image , that came later with the advent of PCPs .
Yes - even a modestly-specced 190 was Granada Scorpio dough.

I knew the beancounter at M-B Brentford and he usually got a 190 2,6 as a 'pool' car. That was very nicely-specced being a demonstrator, but I dread to think what its list price was!

The fiat-money bubble did mean that people changed quite rapidly in their aspirations and it wasn't very long thereafter that the mass-market people gave up on executive-segment cars entirely.

The W201 was superbly over-engineered in its day - especially that rather delicate rear suspension. The world is far too cynical a place for that to happen today.

I now think the W124 is a more timeless design. But I preferred the W201 look at the time - almost a 'cute' S-Klasse. Funny how things change.

Julian Scott

754 posts

8 months

Wednesday 23rd November
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I remember these being launched and the disgust that 'proper' Mercedes drivers heaped on their brand being downgraded to a small car. My dad had a 3-series (E21 320i) at the time, his brother had a Merc 'E' and was disgusted that his premium brand were sinking down to the level of BMW and their cheap cars.