The W124 Mercedes-Benz E-class had big shoes to fill when it debuted for the 1986 model year. After all, it was taking over the mid-sized mantle from one of the most legendary and durable Mercedes models of all time, the W123. The W124 became an icon in its own right, expanding the lineup into product niches the W123 never touched, such as a four-place cabriolet and a wicked fast super saloon, the Porsche built 500E/E500. When the W124 first arrived in the US, it could be optioned with a 5-speed manual gearbox, as we see with this 300E here for sale in Florida. The option would be pulled in short order, as there were few takers for an E-class without an automatic gearbox.
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It’s no coincidence that two of my favorite German performance cars emerged from the same factory. Both were blessed by the engineers at Porsche, even though neither of them wore the famous Stuttgart crest. One of these cars was the Audi RS2 Avant, which wasn’t sold on US shores. Shortly before production of this super estate commenced at Zuffenhausen, production was ending of another supercar in disguise, the Mercedes-Benz E500. Formerly known as the 500E before Mercedes’ nomenclature switchover in 1994, this sedan pushed the limits of what people thought was possible with a luxury sedan. I haven’t driven one in many years, but I can still remember slipping behind the wheel of this beast and being blown away. This 1994 E500 for sale in California represents the end of the production run for this special E-class. This one has covered a fair amount of miles but from the looks of it, could easily pass for half its age.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Mercedes-Benz E500 on eBay
Pre-merger AMG products are perhaps the most copied and most sought Mercedes-Benz products from the 1980s. Like many famous works of art, there are plenty of copies, replicas and pieced-together pretenders out there. As with Ruf, Alpina and Hartge – amongst others – you could buy many of the AMG bits originally from authorized dealers and install as many or as few as you’d like. You could also have an authorized dealer install the bits for you. Therefore, the definition of what actually makes a pre-merger AMG a “true” AMG varies depending on interpretation. Most seem to feel that it required at least 3 items to be installed by an authorized dealer of AMG products; a strange definition in some ways, since you could buy, for example, a steering wheel, rear spoiler and wheels – thereby gaining no real performance advantage – but if installed by a dealer, it could be considered an original AMG. Of course, there was much more available than just those items, and the most desirable are the bespoke AMG-engined “Hammer” models with their massive V8s. Not everyone could afford those, so there were lesser models available too:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300E AMG 3.4 on eBay
Aside from the 500E I can’t think of another Mercedes from the 90s that I like more than the E320 ‘vert. All the reliability and practicality of the W124 mixed with the fun of having a convertible that can comfortably seat four adults, that’s a recipe for something really special. The only real knock against these cars is that the tops can wear out both mechanically and cosmetically but that’s true of many convertibles so I don’t think it’s fair to hold that against the car. If you’re in the market for a classic drop top you’ve already accepted that there may be some issues in exchange for bathing you and your passengers in sunlight on a regular basis.
Thankfully this beautiful example has been extremely well kept and the top looks wonderful in addition to operating properly. In fact the entire exterior looks wonderful, both in condition and aesthetically. The Azure Blue with blue top is classy as can be, contrasts wonderfully with the tan leather interior. I’ve always felt these cars had a distinctly nautical vibe regardless of what color they came in but it’s especially strong with this example. Perhaps it’s the fact that much like a boat you and 3 friends can go out and feel the wind in your hair, not always the case with convertibles. I can’t think of a car currently on the market that is both a drop top and legitimate four seater. Perhaps that’s why the E320 cabriolet is quickly becoming a much desired collectors car.
Engine: 3.2 liter I-6
Transmission: 5 speed automatic
Price: $12,950 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Mercedes Benz E320 Cabriolet on eBAY
You are looking at a very popular sporty luxury convertible. The vehicle has been made and assembled entirely in Germany, and consists only of Germany made parts! This vehicle has a good sport car feeling to it. Because it’s a 3.2L engine, it has nice performance to it. The midnight blue exterior color gives the car a certain kind of unique classy appeal.
The car spent most of its life in Florida!
There are no reported manufacturer’s defects on this vehicle. A never-smoked-in before beauty that looks great and smells clean.
The engine is very strong and provides the power you have come to expect from a Mercedes and runs extra smooth. The transmission has the Mercedes mark on it as well and shifts like on a new car, no skips or slips on shifts. The suspension feels very nimble and comfortable at the same time.
The A/C works well and blows cold air!
All the electrical options appear to be in working order. As you can judge for yourself from the pictures – the interior is clean! The check light of the diagnostic computer reads ok. The engine compartment is clean, and free of any leaks.
The power locks, windows, seats and moon roof all work and are in good condition. All the power controls and buttons work.
Like so many of these cars it appears to have lived a pampered life in Florida(of course) where it was probably used as a secondary vehicle, hence the low mileage of 104,106. The interior looks just as good as the exterior, I love that it still has the mobile phone in the center arm rest, little period correct details like that get me every time. The leather still looks fresh, no cracking or wear of any kind. After all these were incredibly well built cars from tip to tail so the detailed service records are really an added bonus here. Too often do I come across W124 Benzes that have been let go, their owners relying on the solid reputation to keep them going instead of going the preventative maintenance route. It’s nice to know that the previous owners really cherished the car and made sure it never wanted for anything.
Though currently located in Pennsylvania and photographed against a bland backdrop of northeast flora, it’s easy to envision yourself cruising through South Beach with a cigar in one hand and the other on the leg of some beautiful woman. Maybe she’s your wife, maybe not, it’s your fantasy not mine! $12,950 isn’t much to make at least part of that fantasy a reality and you’ll even have some money left over to buy some cubans. In many ways I think the E320 cabriolet is still very much a status symbol just not in the same way it was when it debuted. These days I think it lets people know that you’re an enthusaist, a saavy buyer of used cars, someone who knows a classic in the making when they see it. I really don’t think this car will run for its entire 19 day bidding period, not with this level of tidiness. If you like it, better act fast because the E320 cabrio secret is out and I think we’re going to see these things start rising in value considerably over the next couple of years.
When I think German station wagon, one thing comes to mind for yours truly. Mercedes-Benz. Specifically, the E-class T-modell, as it is known in its native Germany. In the late 1970s, the W123 T-modell would be the first factory produced five-door and would prove to be a popular hauler stateside, with production lasting into 1985 and many of these cars still roaming the streets to this day. The W124 300 series would then succeed the W123, which would later be renamed the E-class for the 1994 model year. Thankfully, the E-class estate is still with us to this day in the US marketplace, available either in E350 4Matic form or in bonkersE63 AMG trim like the one we featured on Monday. So if an SUV doesn’t float your boat, then you still have the option of going with a good, old-fashioned wagon. Provided you have the funds. If not, this 1995 E320 estate for sale in Quebec might be more up your alley. Originally a US car, this E320 was imported to Canada three years ago. Sure, it has 150,000 miles on the odometer, but this well-kept example has a lot more life left to give.