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Spotted in China: W201 Mercedes-Benz 190E in brown

Published on February 14, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: W201 Mercedes-Benz 190E in brown

Here we have a very beautiful and very brown W201 Mercedes-Benz 190E, seen on a kinda hidden parking lot not far from my home in Beijing. Head lights show this is a US-spec car. The Mercedes-Benz W201 was produced from 1982 until 1993 and never exported to China, so how this American-market German ended up in the Chinese capital is a mystery.

Spotted in China: W201 Mercedes-Benz 190E in brown

These days wealthy Chinese car collectors manege to import Western classic into China, mostly from North America. A very base 190E however seems a somewhat strange choice. The W210 never sold in great numbers in the US because car buyers though it was too small and underpowered.

Spotted in China: W201 Mercedes-Benz 190E in brown

This particular vehicle seemed in a very good condition. Paint still fresh, grille still shining, no missing parts and the plastics still perfect. Even the wheel covers are original! The 190E was powered by a 4-cylinder 2.0 liter ‘M102.962′ engine that produced 122hp, good for a 185km/h top speed.

Spotted in China: W201 Mercedes-Benz 190E in brown

Still got its road presence after all those years, more so than many modern cars. This brownie is the second W201 I met in China, earlier on I found a Euro-spec black example.

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  1. schaminski- February 14, 2013 Reply

    just why can’t shanghai have a bit more class and style…

  2. cjcz92- February 16, 2013 Reply

    I don’t think its a US spec car…it does not have the orange front reflectors on the headlights or front sides and does not have the red side reflectors on the back, and MB didn’t sell the 190E in the US with gray frosted rear tail lights, at least not on the non-sporty edition.

  3. Hasan- February 28, 2013 Reply

    cjcz92, The clear indicator lights are aftermarket, as are the tail lights.
    Those headlights were only sold in the NA market. I highly doubt the car came from elsewhere and the owner added some ugly ass headlights.

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