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Yes - there was a NAM 190E 2.3-16
...out of curiosity was there a North American version of this car.
If so were they quick and reliable and how much would they be worth.
The U.S. spec cars were imported in two model years - 1986 and 1987. There were only minor differences between the 1986 and 1987 models. Depending on the source of the information, the total U.S. sales were between 1800 and 2200 cars in those two model years - probably because of the price premium over other models. The manual transmission may also have played a role in keeping sales low, but sales of automatic transmission-equipped 1987 190E 2.3-16s were low - this may be the rarest 190E 2.3-16 variant. The M102-983 engine in U.S. spec cars had about 167 horsepower - a little less than the European cars but more than the six-cylinder 190E 2.6 (first imported in 1987). The later 190E 2.5-16, Evo I and Evo II models were never available in a U.S. spec version. Private individuals did import and federalize 190E 2.3-16 cars. I know of only one federalized Evo car.
Prices vary. Drivable cars in reasonably good condition (minor cosmetic issues), with all the body kit present, an intact interior, and reasonable mileage (100,000 - 180,000) can be found for about $3,000. Depending on condition and mileage, prices can go a lot higher - $25,000 is not unheard of for a car in excellent/like new condition with under 30,000 miles. Cars with missing parts, cars that are not running or that have body/interior damage can sell for as little as $300. Beware of "fixer uppers" - parts are getting harder to find and can be VERY expensive. Prices for federalized Euro models tend to be lower than pure U.S. spec cars.
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