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Baby Benz with Big Personality: 1993 190E in Spruce Green

If you’re anything like us, we’re extremely guilty of buying cars for a color combination. Perhaps one of the most tempting time and time again is a green over beige or tan example. It could be anything from a first gen ML to a 280SL Pagoda or a W140, green over tan cars always seem to exude unique class and taste. Recently listed in Wilmington, NC, this 1993 190E is no exception to the rule and given the $3,995 asking price we’re confident it will find a new home rather quickly.

Finished in Malachite (Spruce) Green Metallic (249) over Cream Beige MB Tex (175), this baby Benz offers a big personality. A rare sight amongst W201’s, this car seems to have been kept in stock form over the years and given it shows 113k on the clock, appears fairly clean. Like most of these cars, the bumpers show very mild fading along with the North American headlight surrounds and a couple various trim pieces. None of this would worry us too much considering the car has been kept nice and even the factory floor mats have been retained for the sale in the trunk.

Cars like this 190E provide a prime example of the durability and resilience offered by MB Tex. At 28 years old, these seats have barely aged or worn given the mileage on this example. It obviously wasn’t a garage queen but with regular upkeep these cars can far outlast and outlive most modern examples. With manual seats and simple analog equipment, it’s easy to fall in love with the practicality of the 190E. The options list is sparse but does include a slightly more powerful stereo along with a sunroof. The trim in this car seems to be in decent shape and the wood has begun to crack and lift in places. The AC and heat reportedly work well and even the retro-cool cassette storage has been kept intact.

For under $4K, we had a hard time finding a better Benz when it comes to reliability, convenience, and personality. It probably needs a couple odds and ends to be the ideal candidate, given the ABS light seen in a couple photos, but it seems it’s ready for daily duty and should be well equipped to last another few decades with a little love and care.



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