E-Class W124 – 1985-97/W210 – 1995-03

Classics Monthly - - Marque Guide Mercedes-benz – 1980-1999 -

Of­fi­cially mar­keted and univer­sally re­ferred to as the E-Class, the W124 proved an in­stant hit in the uK. Like its W123 pre­de­ces­sor, the new model was avail­able as a four-door saloon or a five-door es­tate and the new model filled the gap be­tween the com­pact 190 and ex­ec­u­tive-sized S-Class.

The W124 floor­pan pro­vided the ba­sis for the stylish 300CE two-door coupé (pro­duced be­tween 1987 and 1995) plus a drop head con­vert­ible and from 1988 fuel in­jec­tion re­placed car­bu­ret­tors on all mod­els. a foot op­er­ated ‘hand’ brake re­vealed the W124’s uS in­flu­ence and a pop­u­lar choice in the uK was the 2962cc straight six pow­ered 300E.

In 1988 Mercedes-Benz in­tro­duced the all-wheel drive 300E 4-Matic but its £6000 sell­ing price en­sured sales were rare on these shores. En­gine op­tions for the W124 ranged from the en­try level 2.0 litre petrol fu­elled in­line-four and went through a range of six cylin­der en­gines sim­i­lar to those fit­ted to the W126 se­ries and ended with a mon­ster 32-valve 6.0 litre V8 in the Tar­mac burn­ing W124 Ham­mer aMG vari­ant.

The W124’s suc­ces­sor was the radically dif­fer­ent look­ing W210, a range that of­fered prob­a­bly the most con­fus­ing se­lec­tion of en­gines and body styles the com­pany had pro­duced to date. al­though the W210 set stan­dards other man­u­fac­tur­ers strove to match, cost cut­ting by the ac­coun­tants at newly formed ChryslerBenz se­ri­ously af­fected the qual­ity of this oth­er­wise first-rate car.

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