Dai Yoshihara has been teasing us with his new project car since he first bought it earlier this year in September, but now his ’85 Mercedes-Benz 190E is starting to take shape with new paint and, most recently, new wheels.
Originally, the car was bought to be displayed in the Turn14 booth at the 2020 SEMA show, but with the pandemic causing the show to be cancelled, the project has continued behind the scenes for more local events. Dai has documented the build on his own YouTube channel, where he explains that this isn’t going to be a normal build.
“Get this, I’m gonna put a Honda motor into the 190E.” The interviewer behind the camera agrees, stating that Dai is known for his crazy motor swaps. “Yeah, no disrespect, but the motor can be anything, you know, if it fits well, it can be kinda interesting, right?”
He explains that the engine being transplanted into his 190E will be the F20C from a Honda S2000, and he’s interested to see how this combination will work out for the German saloon that he insists is destined for the track.
After a lot of cleaning up, hunting through Craigslist and junkyards for old parts, and getting hold of an F22 Honda engine, the car is now looking closer to the final goal. As you can see from Dai’s Instagram post below, it’s been painted in Honda’s Championship White paint colour, and has most recently been treated to some new shoes.
The white wheels you see above are Titan 7s, and were in fact custom made for this specific build. They’re forged, and are wrapped in Falken Tires RT660s. “We are cranking up the build as we need to finish the car later this week for some private event,” he posted.
So hang around for some more 190E action as Dai and his team get the Honda-powered saloon build wrapped up.