An unusual C200 Sport with a five-speed manual transmission, rare Sport package and three-layer Black Opal pearl paint.
Having just two owners from new, this unusually-specified Mercedes-Benz was one-of-few ever built and delivered new in Australia
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class W202 was a direct successor to the famous Mercedes-Benz 190E W201.
Styled by the legendary Bruno Sacco, the W202-generation C-Class moved the product forward in terms of technology, engineering and style.
The classic Sacco design is evident via a proud upright grille and well-proportioned square headlights. The simple three-box shape feels sophisticated, and especially so when covered in a rare Mercedes-Benz shade of Black Opal.
Sometimes green, sometimes purple, and sometimes blue, the three-layer pearl finish really gave the car a unique lustre and a colour-shifting look.
If that’s not straight ’90s, we’re not sure what is.
About the car pictured – 1998 Mercedes-Benz C200 Sport (W202)
This example has covered just 169,000km and was factory optioned with a five-speed manual, sport package, and black opal paintwork The first owner was a North Sydney local who owned it for well-over 20-years.
Being factory ordered with the sport package means its equipment included a limited-slip differential with anti-skid control, sports suspension, lightweight Ronal 15-inch wheels, white-face gauges, carbon-look interior inlays, and sunroof, and sports cloth seats.
It came with a detailed service history from new and all new car paperwork – including the original Mercedes-Benz dealership pen used to sign the deal!
What made this car special:
- Factory C200 Sport model
- Unusual configuration of five-speed manual, cloth interior and Black Opal paint
- Low owner count with a full service history
- Limited-slip differential with traction control
- Sports chassis package with lightweight 15-inch Ronal wheels
- Zero modifications
- Affordable, stylish and different.
There's the trick. When the back starts to go, if you turn it with no power on, don't feed in opposite lock. You just keep it there.Jeremy Clarkson