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The Mercedes-Benz 190 E (W201) Cabrio That Never Existed

The Mercedes-Benz 190 E W201 was the first foray from the Stuttgart manufacturer into the executive compact class, otherwise known as the D segment in Europe.
Mercedes-Benz 190 E Cabrio Rendering 3 photos
Mercedes-Benz 190 E Cabrio RenderingMercedes-Benz 190 E Cabrio Rendering
Part of an unprecedented at the time investment into its development, the original Baby-Benz, as it was first called by fans in the beginning, had only a single model line.

Unlike its following successor, the C-Class, the 190 E didn't have an Estate or a Coupe and Convertible line, the sedan being the only type of body available during its eleven-year life span. Its original competitor, the BMW 3-Series, was available in all aforementioned body types, for example.

Malaysian self-titled “automotive manipulator” Teophilus Chin apparently had a beef with this marketing strategy and decided that the 190 E Convertible that never was deserved its own attention.

Manipulating a couple of photos from the regular 190 E 2.5-16 sedan, he managed to transform the car into a two-door convertible that doesn't look half-bad, especially since the 1980's look is preserved even better in its convertible version.

 
 
 
 
 

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