A 1992 190E 2.3 was the lowest priced model offered to the US market and is not a 16V.
I'm curious how one could have a list price of $45K when the base price was under $30K and there were very few options.
That's the only detail I was curious about. I understand the economic and competitive issues behind MB pricing over the last 15-20 years.
List price of a base 16V in '86 was $34,400, so I don't see how you could get to $47K unless it had a bunch of dealer add-ons and included local taxes and license fees. For '87 they jacked up the 16V list price to $40,300 - same basic car as '86 with only minor changes. Why? Probably because they thought they could and still sell the planned US allotment at that price.
When my '87 special order 190E 2.6 five-speed fell through in about September '86 after initially being accepted my dealer offer me a 16V at a substantial discount. I turned them down and finally ordered a '88 2.6 five-speed a year later when MB finally said they would be available for the '88 model year. List was $34K and change. I paid $31K, plus tax and license.