The W124 is a mid-sized vehicle platform. Due to the high cost of German engineering and build quality, the W124 was designed to last many miles, with awards actually given and worn by high mileage versions.
Front suspension uses a separate spring and damper with a rubber top mount. The rear suspension of the W124 features the Mercedes multi-link axle introduced in 1982 with the Mercedes 190 and which is now standard on many modern cars. Estate cars (and optionally, saloons and coupés) had Citroen-like rear self-leveling suspension with suspension struts rather than shock absorbers, gas-filled suspension spheres to provide damping and an under bonnet pressurizing pump. Unlike the traditional Citroën application Mercedes opted for a fixed ride height and employed rear coil springs to maintain the static ride height when parked.
The R129 SL roadster was based on the W124 platform, and in return, W124 was later equipped with one of the roadster's engines, creating the 500 E.
Much of the 124's engineering and many of its features were advanced automotive technology at its introduction, incorporating innovations that have been adopted throughout the industry. It had one of the lowest coefficient of drag (Cd) of any vehicle of the time (0.28 for the 200/200D model for the European market with 185/65 R15 tires) due to its aerodynamic body, that included plastic molding for the undercarriage to streamline airflow beneath the car, reducing fuel consumption and wind noise. It had a single windscreen wiper that had an eccentric mechanism at its base that extended the wiper's reach to the top corners of the windscreen (more than if it had traveled in a simple arc). The saloon/sedan, coupés and convertibles had optional rear headrests that would fold down remotely to improve rearward visibility when required. This feature was not available for the T-model because of its specific layout (no space to store the retractable headrests), but the estate serially came with a "neighbour-friendly" rear door that was pulled in the shut-position silently and automatically by a sensor-controlled servomotor. This allowed the use of a tighter fitting rear gate, minimizing the cabin noise in the T-model - sometimes an area of concern for station wagons.
Mercedes launched a cabriolet (convertible) version in Europe in 1991, the 300CE-24 cabriolet, and in the UK (RHD) and Japan (LHD). The 320CE, and North America, the 300CE, in 1992. These versions were re-designated as the E 320 in 1993, complemented by the less powerful, but less expensive E 220 in 1993, and the mainland-Europe-only E 200 in 1994. Mercedes brought the E 320 cabriolet (convertible) to the USA and Japan from 1993 to 1995. There were 68 E 36 AMG cabriolets built from 1993 until 1996 (54 LHD and 14 RHD) to complement the also rare E 36 AMG coupé, saloon (RHD only), and estate. The pre-merger AMG coupés are based on the 124 series 2 update. The AMG 3.4 CE (300CE-24 based coupé) were all LHD, 25 were produced from 1988 until 1993. There were also 7 cabriolets built, and eleven saloons (and possibly estates). AMG Japan also carried out such conversions locally.
This example is an incredibly well looked after car, previously owned by a classic car enthusiast who attended many events in this and his other 8 cars. The vehicle has recently had a lot of money spend to keep it looking ascetically resplendent as well as in great mechanical condition. you would be fooled by thinking this car had done less than a quarter of its mileage.
Finished in silver metallic with a contrasting blue interior trim, this pillar less coupe is a real head turner.
It comes supplied with 3 keys and an original owners manual also.
Complete with an original owners manual, we are also in possession of a total of 22 mot certificates, and 21 previous tax discs!! There are also invoices in the last 3 years for works totalling £2239.
4 new toyo proxes tyres 17/8/2015 £210
21/09/2016 - fit new rear wheel arches and paint to match including repaint off side front door £1000.50
3/8/2016 - new distributor cap, new plugs, new rotor arm ££432.70
8/4/2014 - new plugs, oil filter, air filter, mot test £324.99
31/3/15 - mot test and fit new battery clamp £54.85
24/1/2014 - oil filter, air filter, plugs changed, service £228.60
The previous owner was very particular about the condition he kept his car in (hence the recent large bill for new arches) . The car is very straight indeed and has no rust whatsoever (very rare on one of these) . The fact that the previous owner went to so much expense keeping the car looking so good speaks volumes, especially so close to disposing of it, paying for quality replacement panels rather than a cheap job. There are the odd age related stone chips, but there are no major bumps, scrapes, scratches or dents visible whatsoever, it really is a very nice example.
Testament to the build quality of all Mercedes cars of this era the interior is in fantastic condition throughout, there is no sagging of any seat cushions all the trim is unmarked and most importantly everything works including the seat belt mechanisms (these usually fail or stick with age). It really is as good as it looks in the pictures and is a pleasure to sit in. The owner has kept over mats in the car also which has kept the original carpets in great condition too.
WHEELS AND TYRES:
The eight hole alloys are in great condition with no flaking paint or wheel scuffs to report. al 4 tyres are toyo proxes and have covered circa 5000 miles so still have plenty of life in them yet.
MECHANICAL CONDITION/TEST DRIVE:
Having collected this vehicle some 200 miles away we have had the opportunity to give it a very good test drive! There were no untoward noises/knocks/rattles on the journey home, it drove without fault and cruised comfortably. As you can see from the service history it has recently had an mot, new plugs and distributor.
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