It’s a funny thing, that the longer I’ve been a part of Curbside Classic, the fewer cars I actually stop to photograph on a regular basis. As other veteran writers here have expressed before, as time goes on and certain cars are extensively covered, often multiple times, one can simply run out of things to say. Furthermore, as anyone who has photographed a car in a public place before, you’ll usually get a few odd glances from passers by, sometimes something more. There are many times when it simply doesn’t seem worth it to stop. Yet at other times, I still find the urge to do so, even if I have little else to add to the conversation regarding a car we’ve covered numerous times over the years.
In the case of this 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E, there were several reasons why I did stop to get quick front- and rear-quarter view pictures. First and foremost, I was amazed at the car’s immaculate condition. Mercedes of this era are not all that uncommon sights, but they’re usually in rougher shape than this, often sporting at least a little surface rust. Second, not only is the W201 (colloquially referred to as the 190) one of my favorite Benz designs but this one is also in my favorite shade of color for cars of this era. Lastly, I had the opportunity to witness the owner getting out of it a few moments prior, which simply made me smile.
An older gentleman of the gentile Boston professor-type wearing a tweed blazer with suede elbow patches, he not only looked like a character that would be on screen, but a like he could have been the car’s original owner. Pulling the Carfax revealed he in fact was not its original owner, and it also revealed that this car spent the better part of its life in Florida, no doubt contributing to its lack of corrosion. In any event, sometimes a particular car can have powers beyond words. In this case I felt like I just had to get a few pictures of this 190E, and I’m glad I did so.
Photographed at the intersection of Clarendon and Boylston Streets in Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts – August 2019