As the most accessible member of the Mercedes-Benz line, the 1982 to 1993 W201 Mercedes-Benz 190E was the premier compact luxury sedan of its era. This 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 1.8 is a limited production Avantgarde Verde model that features Emerald Green paint with a green cloth patterned interior, designed on a theme of serenity and balance in nature. It is believed that only 750 Avantgarde Verde editions were built, making it the rarest of the Avantgarde series. According to the under-hood importation label and build tag, this was a Swiss-market car that was subsequently imported into the United States by import conversion specialists JK Motors of Baltimore, Maryland. The odometer currently reads 151,492 miles, however as a replacement speedometer was fitted for import, the true mileage from the original metric odometer is not verified. AVANTGARDE LINE Never offered in the U.S. market, the Mercedes-Benz 190E Avantgarde line consisted of three distinct models: Rosso, Verde and Azzurro, the Italian for red, green and blue, respectively. These fashion-conscious models were intended to give a dollop of panache to the Mercedes’ entry-level model line. Each of the three models came with a unique exterior color and a truly distinctive interior. The Rosso got an interior cloth upholstery with a pattern called “Arcade,” while the Azzurro’s four leather sports seats each had piping and headrests and a small center section in four different colors. The Verde models, such as the ones offered here included, had a cloth patterned upholstery called “Anton.” In total, Mercedes-Benz was said to have produced 2,300 Rosso models, 950 Azzurro cars and just 750 Verde sedans, making the car offered here among the rarest of the three. (For a detailed description of the Avantgarde line, please see the related article linked at the right of this page.) EXTERIOR The bodywork remains in very good condition overall, and was repainted two years ago in its original Emerald Green color, with no rust evident. As visible in some photos, there are some minor flaws such as power buffing marks, chips, and mild orange peel. The front bumper exhibits scuffing and paint blemishes. All glass and lighting is in good condition. The body seals are noted to keep out the elements. INTERIOR The green and black cloth interior, named “Anton” by the designers at Mercedes-Benz, remains in good condition overall. The outboard driver’s seat bolster is worn through, though this is obscured by the seatbelt in some photos. The seat adjustments work properly. The steering wheel and shift knob show wear. The interior is trimmed in Walnut wood, which appears in good condition overall, except for a crack on the wood shifter surround. The carpets and headliner are in good condition. All interior trim is present and in good condition. All gauges work properly. An aftermarket hidden-screen audio system has been installed. The heater, power windows, and power door locks all function properly. POWERTRAIN The 108-horsepower, 1.8-liter, overhead-camshaft, fuel-injected Mercedes-Benz M102 engine is paired to a five-speed manual transmission. This powertrain combination is an efficient and fun choice for this green-themed vehicle. The engine is original, starts quickly with no smoke, and settles into a smooth idle. The five-speed manual transmission operates smoothly in all gears with no unusual sounds. CHASSIS The 190E was built with four-wheel independent suspension featuring coil springs and gas-filled shocks at all four corners. The power-assisted steering is accurate and without play and with no leaks or noises reported. The suspension and four-wheel disc brakes function properly. This car may not be eligible for CA emissions certification. Car is located in Pomona, CA
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