1989 Mercedes-Benz 300E
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This rare ‘first generation’ W124 300E has covered just 40,023 miles from new and remains in immaculate condition throughout.
The W124 had a hard act to follow replacing the legendary W123, but it did so with huge success and created its own legend. The W124 was the perfect blend of traditionalism and modernism. The wind-tunnel tuned shape created very little drag yet looked every inch a Mercedes and was extremely handsome too. Dynamically they made strides over the W123 by employing the multi-link rear suspension developed for the 190E, culminating in a ride/handling compromise that seemed to compromise neither. To many, they were the perfect saloon car and quickly developed a reputation for incredible toughness and the capacity to cover enormous mileages.
This example is the, rarely seen today, first generation, identifiable by its grey bumpers and lack of lower half cladding, that was sold up until the Autumn of 1989. Of course Mercedes sold a tremendous amount of four-cylinder and diesel models but it was the smooth and powerful six-cylinder models that were the most desirable. The 300E at the time was the most powerful W124 available.
This 300E was supplied new by Alan Day on the Finchley Road to a Sheik. Finished in Astral Silver with optional navy blue velour it was very well specified with electric front seats, air conditioning, cruise control, outside temperature gauge, Becker Mexico stereo, headlamp wash wipe and 15-hole alloy wheels. The full list is below.
The Sheik eventually passed the car on to his driver and it has been in collector ownership ever since. There are three previous keepers on the logbook.
All books and manuals come with the car including the service book. There is also a folder of receipts for work carried out, most recently by ourselves and MB Leicester. This year we carried out a cylinder head overhaul and replaced the head gasket.
Having been always garaged and with such a low mileage this car is in exceptional condition throughout. The paintwork is superb, the wheels unmarked and wearing matching Michelin tyres all round. The car still wears its original ‘Alan Day’ dealer number plates, rear window sticker, boot badge and the tax disc holder is in the file.
The velour interior is similarly superb as the pictures show and retains its original stereo and ribbed mats.
On the road this 300E is a delight. In top condition these cars are so smooth and refined with a decent turn of speed too. This car still retains a freshness of new even at 32 years old.
W124 saloons of this calibre are very hard to find these days, and this is particularly well-specified car with the most desirable 3-litre six.
221 – Left front seat, electrically adjustable
222 - Right front seat, electrically adjustable
251 – Becker Mexico
280 – Leather steering wheel and gear shift knob
286 – Luggage nets
412 – Electric tilt/slide sunroof
420 – Automatic transmission, 4-gear
440 – Cruise control
524 – Paintwork preservation
531 – Automatic antenna
570 – Folding armrest, front
586 – Behr air conditioning and electric windows front and rear
593 – Heat-insulating glass
600 – Headlamp wash/wipe
640 – 15-hole alloy wheels
877 – Reading lamp in rear