Continuing our previous article dedicated to a small privately owned European car collection from Bangkok, Thailand, we’re taking an in-depth look at the 1986 Mercedes 190E owned and modified by Chet Sriprawatkun.
“Being a long-term fan of European sports cars of the 80s and 90s, he’s always had a soft spot for the Mercedes W201 body style, and formed his own vision of a perfect 190 build. As soon as he managed to find a proper example for his project, the modification process began.”
Being a long-term fan of European sports cars of the 80s and 90s, he’s always had a soft spot for the Mercedes W201 body style, and formed his own vision of a perfect 190 build.
Like a sophisticated car guy and a creative mind, he’s always looking for something different and doesn’t mind it to be challenging, so no compromises on parts selection were made while putting the car together. Like many of us, the main things that he was focused on were the clean look and low stance.
To restore the reliability of his 190E and make it more agile on the road it was decided to swap a Mercedes M111 engine in place of an old beater motor. It was painted in glance brown color which looks perfectly period-correct.
Continuing the exterior theme you can notice a BBS front bumper, along with the side skirts and the rear bumper. The EVO1 spoiler sits on top of the trunk as a heritage to the famouns Mercedes 190E Evolution.
As you may have guessed from the extremely low clearance, this Mercedes 190E sits on a FeelAir air suspension and a set of staggered custom spec AMG Hammer wheels sized 17×8.5 up front and 17×9 on the back.
Inside you’ll notice the stylish Nardi Gara4 steering wheel, classy AMG shift knob and a pair of sporty Recaro DS bucket seats.
1986 Mercedes 190E
Engine & mods
- M111 Engine Swap
- Air suspension FeelAir
- Silver project front camber plate
Rims and tires
- AMG Hammer 17″ custom spec
- Front 17×8.5 et+22
- Rear 17×9 et+11
- BBS front bumper
- BBS side skirt
- BBS rear bumper
- Evo1 rear spoiler
- Nardi Gara4 streering wheel
- AMG shift knob
- Recaro DS
Watch the progress and find out more about this Mercedes 190E project by visiting the Instagram profile of the owner: @coronamafia!
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Matt is an automotive writer and journalist with more than 10 years of experience in the field of aftermarket modifications. He enjoys the diversity of the modern European car culture and appreciates it in every aspect.