I daily drive an E34 525i. I have to admit that while I like the BMW, I don’t love it. What I mean is: I haven’t developed the kind of visceral emotional attachment to it that I shared with my previous car, a 2.6 190E. There’s just something missing, and lately I’ve been thinking about getting back into an older Benz. It would have to be comfortable, safe, have a passenger airbag (a not unreasonable request from my wife), get fair gas mileage (ruling out V8s, sadly) and have that legendary Mercedes build quality that makes the doors close with a reassuring “thunk.” A W124 keeps coming to the top of my list. We went camping last weekend and spent a gorgeous few days out in the far western reaches of Maryland. While the E34 served us well, when I got home I kept thinking about how cool it would have been to have had a Mercedes wagon on the trip.
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The 1981 Mercedes-Benz 280S we featured on Wednesday got a fair amount of attention, mainly due to its unusual spec. Part of this boiled down to the fact it was equipped with a 4-speed manual gearbox. There’s no telling how many W126 S-classes they made with a third pedal, but my guess would be less than 3% of the production run. The W124 E-class was initially offered in the US market with a 5-speed manual, but few buyers chose this gearbox which led Mercedes to swiftly remove it from the options list. This 300E for sale in Paderborn, Germany, is equipped with the 3.2 liter, 24 valve inline-6 hooked up to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Unlike the aforementioned 280S, this isn’t a poverty spec model. This example has leather, burlwood trim, heated seats, rear sun blinds and other luxury touches that buyers in the US market came to expect from Mercedes. This 300E is also a 1990 model, making it eligible for importation stateside.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300E 24V on Mobile.de
As someone who has led an urban life for most of his existence, owning more than one vehicle at a time can be a challenge. Fear not, as there is a solution. Over the years, I’ve taken to collecting 1:18 scale models. There are a myriad of companies that are producing amazingly accurate scaled down copies of our favorite German machines in die cast. If you aren’t too picky about opening features, a number of smaller manufacturers have recently cropped up offering 1:18 resin models that are sealed. I’ve purchased a number of these resin models and they have proven to be just as, if not more accurate than their die cast counterparts.
Below is a selection of 1:18s that have caught my eye recently, some of which are sealed and others which have opening features. My 1:18 collecting is cresting 100 cars. I could probably sell of part of it and come up with a nice down payment for the next 1:1. Until that happens, I still enjoy pouring over the details of these miniature cars. They have come a long way with the quality on these 1:18s since my childhood, when the Italian manufacturer Bburago ruled the day.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Mercedes-Benz 300TE AMG by Ottomobile
Need to transport seven of your friends all in one swoop? I have just the car for you. Today’s featured car is none other than the legendary Mercedes-Benz W124 diesel … that seats eight! Believe it or not, this car wasn’t hacked together behind Crazy Vaclav’s Place of Automobiles but it was actually Mercedes themselves that pumped out 776 of these 6 door W124s for whatever reason. So let’s cut to the chase and take a look at this 1991 250D six door.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Mercedes-Benz 250D 6 Door on eBay
I feel that many vehicles these days are trying to be something they are not. Take one look at the myriad of crossovers or SUVs based on ordinary sedan chassis. Marketing professionals promise the thrill of escape and adventure but in all honesty, you’re not going anywhere. You’ll just blend right into the suburban landscape upon purchase. Want to stand out? How about driving something that doesn’t put on airs, like this 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Estate for sale in Vermont. This was the final year for the venerable W124, a car which is still a common sight on streets across the globe today. The estate version of the W124 was for those looking for a family car but wanted just a bit more in terms of luxury and versatility. With a rear-facing third row seat, one could carry up to seven passengers and the self-leveling rear suspension would keep things in check while doing so. If you’ve been looking for a tidy example of the five-door variant of this Benz, you won’t want to miss this one.