New Zealand Classic Car - - EDITORIAL - The car is priced at $6900ono. For more in­for­ma­tion, please call Keith on 021 127 2502, and leave a mes­sage if there is no an­swer.

The words ‘pil­lar­less coupé’ will con­jure images of huge Cadil­lacs, a mod­ern Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal, and oth­ers such as this month’s cover car, the Dodge Charger. But, for a frac­tion of the cost of one of those gi­ants, you could get into the airy, breezy feel of a pil­lar­less coupé with this W124 E320.

While the W124 isn’t the most pop­u­lar ver­sion of the E-class — which has been a sta­ple of the Mercedes-benz range since the 1960s — it’s still un­mis­tak­ably Mercedes.

The E320 wasn’t a cheap car when brand new (cost­ing north of $120K). It came with some pretty slick tech for the time, in­clud­ing tail­lights and front cor­ner in­di­ca­tors, which are rip­pled to keep dirt and de­bris build-up from in­hibit­ing their lu­mi­nes­cence (yep). Head­light wipers were stan­dard to per­form the same func­tion. The pas­sen­ger-side rear-view mir­ror is squared for bet­ter short-dis­tance vis­i­bil­ity, whereas the driver-side mir­ror is rec­tan­gu­lar for bet­ter long-dis­tance vis­i­bil­ity. In­side the E-class, things carry on be­ing as epic as you’d ex­pect. Big, lux­u­ri­ous, cream leather seats are off­set nicely by a wal­nut-trimmed dash — made of the real stuff not some knock-off.

The E320 put out 162kw (217hp) from fac­tory, and boo­gied along thanks to a 3.2-litre straight-six en­gine paired to a four-speed gear­box (with over­drive). As any­one with a pass­ing in­ter­est in older Mercedes-benz will know, the 120,000km on the speedo means that this sprightly girl is just be­ing run in.

This Merc has been well looked af­ter, and is now be­ing sold on be­half of the owner, who re­cently passed.

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