∙Fantastic low-milage example ∙Last year of the W210 chassis ∙Excellent condition throughout
Penned by Bruno Sacco and produced between 1995 and 2002, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W210) was Mercedes’ luxury range of executive line of saloons and estates.
Facelifted from the model year 2000 onwards, the car received new raked-back headlights, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and new lower body trim to bring it in line with then-current design standards.
Powered by a 2.4-litre, 18v V6 engine, the E240 Elegance made for the ideal motorway mile-munching machine, with the silky-smooth and refined V6 engine providing 177bhp to the rear wheels, via an automatic transmission.
The ‘Elegance’ trim also offered a number of cosmetic and interior upgrades over the standard cars, designed to enhance the experience for both drivers and passengers on long-distance journeys, as well as making the car stand out against ‘standard’ E-class models.
This particular example is a 2002 Mercedes-Benz E240 ‘Elegance’ produced during the final year of W210 production. Finished in a timeless colour combination of metallic black (with a slight green hue) over a cream leather interior, this E-Class wears its years well, likely due to the incredibly low odometer reading of just 25,507 - the equivalent of just over 1,300 miles per year!
The previous owner sadly passed away a number of years ago, leading their family to keep the car dry stored for around eight years. This has kept the car in the fantastic condition that you see before you, having been purchased from the family by the vendor.
Supplied with the vehicle is a plethora of paperwork, including the original owners manual for the W210 E-Class models. In addition to this, the V5 is present, along with a number of other manuals and Mercedes-Benz literature for the new owner to peruse at their leisure.
There is also a copy of the most recent MOT certificate supplied with the vehicle, which shows a clean pass, after an initial fail on the same day due to the horn not working correctly. The seller advises that there are 5 stamps in the service book.
As you’d expect from a vehicle with such a low milage reading, the interior presents in fantastic condition throughout.
The rear seats, in particular, look as if they’ve never been sat in. The rear footwells are also in excellent shape, with no staining or visible wear to the carpets or genuine Mercedes-Benz mats.
Up front, the story is very much the same, with no visible signs of wear or damage anywhere to be seen. The wooden trim is in excellent condition and retains a deep shine. The seller reports that the air conditioning is fully functional, upon pushing the dedicated 'AC' button.
On the outside, the paint and bodywork all look to be in great condition throughout, with no signs of dents, scratches or impact damage to the vehicle. The usual front end smattering of stone chips is present, though this is to be expected and is commensurate with the age of the vehicle.
All four wheels are free from kerbing and scratches, while the tyres have all been replaced with a set of matching Avon examples, due to the original ones having deteriorated with age.
The only noted issue with the exterior of the car is that the boot would not ‘pop’ open on the remote, and required the key to be inserted into the lock to open the boot.
Underneath, this W210 is in fine fettle, with no concerns noted by either the vendor or the photographer. The V6 block and engine bay have benefitted from a deep clean and valet, and as a result look absolutely fantastic and present very well indeed.
The car starts ‘on the button’ and settles happily into a refined idle that is characteristic of these big, luxurious German saloons. There are no known mechanical issues with the vehicle, and a recent MOT pass means that the car is ready for the next owner to enjoy.
The last service took place on 10 March 2021 at 25,475 miles, and was carried out by DC Motor Services of Perth. This was a simple oil/filter replacement service, which was carried out as part of the ‘recommissioning’ process after the car was stored.
Low-milage executive saloons like this are a rare find these days, due to the fact cars like this were built to cover vast distances with ease. Therefore, this is a great opportunity to get your hands on a genuine low-mileage E240 equipped with the desirable ‘Elegance’ package.
With that silky-smooth V6 upfront, fantastic interior condition and in great external shape, this 2002 Mercedes-Benz E240 Elegance would make a fantastic ‘modern classic’ daily driver, weekend cruiser or an excellent addition to a collection of ‘youngtimer’ cars.
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