With its giant rear wing, the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II was about as crazy as Mercedes design got back in 1990. The car was produced in a small homologation series of 502 units (of which 500 were actually shipped to the market). The four valve four cylinder engine delivers 235 hp at a stunning 7,200 rpm, accelerating the car up to 250 km/h.
One of the most interesting aspects about this car is the evolvement of its market value since 1990 – it wasn’t always as precious as today!
Up to about 2010, these cars were traded at no more than 50,000 Euro, often even well below this mark. They started increasing in value gradually since about 2012, and experienced a true value explosion in 2016: In 2016, Silverstone Auctions sold one of these for a staggering 370,750 Euro! (It was a UK spec car with just 885 miles on the odometer.)
While this one with its low mileage and pristine condition was obviously very special, prices of “used” ones have also surged. In May 2020, RM Sotheby’s auctioned a Japanese spec Evo II with 42,000 kilometers for 231,000 US-$ (209,250 Euro).
If you are shopping for a decent Evo II, this is probably as low as rates will get.
If, on the other hand, you happened to have bought one for, say, 40,000 Euro about 10 years ago, congratulations. You have easily quadrupled your car’s value in 10 years!