Pardon the bad pun, but I just couldn’t resist. I’ve seen this grey 190D, with its Hungarian front plate, running around town for over a year and only now got around to snapping a few pictures. From a distance, I misread its 2.2 liter call-out as 2.5, and not having seen the front, with its sealed-beam headlights, I overlooked that with its 2.2 diesel, it is painfully slow (though with judicious use of the five-speed gearbox and regular foot-to-floor applications of throttle, keeping up with traffic in-town looks to be a cinch).
The 90 horsepower and 116 lb-ft put out by the later naturally-aspirated inline-five offered a much-needed twenty-ish percent increase in output over this car’s 2.2 liter four (with its 72 horsepower and 96 lb-ft of torque) when it was replaced 1986. But clearly, this newly married couple could not elope but instead had to lope over to their wedding reception. On today’s freeways, even the meager addition of power from the aforementioned 2.5 wouldn’t go unappreciated, but it’s the 1987-only 190D 2.5 turbodiesel which would be ideal. I snagged a picture of one of those in Maine, complete with a five-speed swap, which just might be my ultimate diesel Benz (stay tuned for pics and a write-up).
But hey, while men are married for more than just their cars, any dude with a degree of mechanical savvy and interest in an uncommon, cool set of wheels deserves to attract attention from an interesting suitor. I can’t say I’d be able to resist the charms of such a gearhead myself. Plus, this W201 has a much more obscure appeal than the deservedly ubiquitous W123.
Incidentally, I’ve steadily been snapping pictures of all the local W124/W201 diesels I could find in hopes of doing a “diesel W124/W201 grab bag” feature, but as examples with the naturally aspirated 2.5 five and 86/87-only 3.0 turbodiesel six have proven difficult to come by, I’ll be breaking the remaining finds down individually into CC capsules. Now that I think about it, it’s a more fun way to share my finds, allowing our readers to fully take in each of these lovable models.