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Twenty-five years ago, the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II thrilled professionals and the general public alike when it was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show. Legend has it that all the limited run of 502 cars were sold pre-launch, possibly being squirrelled away by international car collectors. The bitter rivalry between BMW and Mercedes-Benz in saloon car racing throughout Europe helped hone the greatest 'touring cars' of the era and the Evo II was pitted against one of the best touring cars of all time, the E30 M3. Compromise was out of the question and the full-race car, developed for Group 'A' using this sports saloon as a basis, went on to acquire legendary status. Mercedes-Benz took the first three places in the DTM championship in the 1992 season with this vehicle, which was referred to succinctly as the "Evo II". The engine's output had been raised once again in comparison to the first Evolution model from the previous year, the Evo II now generating 235 horsepower. Top speed was 250 km/h, and the Evo II accelerated from a standing start to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds. The body had also undergone further refinement on an aesthetic and aerodynamic level and the car's sporting pedigree was emphasised by its muscular stance. The Evo II's body kit is perhaps the most outrageous ever applied to a production car, and the fact it was a product of the ultra-conservative world of early ninety's Mercedes-Benz is even more incredible. Its ostentatious, fully adjustable rear spoiler was aerodynamically perfect and the front splitter would make a decent job of cutting the grass, however, despite outward appearances, the Evo II is a comfortable and tractable daily driver. This Evo II is number 452 of 502 cars ever made by Mercedes-Benz and was supplied new to the UK by Lancaster Mercedes-Benz in 1990. The dealer sticker still resides on the back window in pristine condition. The car was purchased by a collector and stored at the supplying main dealer for approximately 10 years, only covering a few road miles during this period. The odometer is currently reading just 885 miles. The bodywork is finished in black and the paint retains an excellent even shine across all panels. The panel fit is superb and the condition of the exterior is a joy to behold. The same goes for the black interior that seems to have little or no wear to either the leather seats, dash, door cards or headlining. The engine bay is totally original and correct, with components that have been incredibly preserved over the last 26 years. Evidently, this incredible homologation special would be a welcome contender at any Concours event around the world. Any fan of the legendary ‘Group A' Touring Car era needs to see this car to truly appreciate both its originality and splendid collector status. Without question, one of the lowest mileage examples one could ever hope to find on the market today. We welcome any pre-sale inspections on this unique vehicle, one of only four Evolution II models officially sold new in the UK.