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1990 Mercedes-Benz 300E 24V 5-speed manual


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.

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Year: 1990
Model: 300E 24V
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 36,100 km (~ 22,431 mi)
Price: €19,700 (~ $22,018 USD)


Unbelievable … but really true!! Only 36,100 KM. Vehicle has been stored since 20.12.1994. The 300E is in a new condition. Multi-contour seats, Radio MB Exquisit with 8 speakers

Climate control
Front heated seats
Electric seats + seat height
Electric sunroof
Rear blind
Cruise control
Electric windows front & rear
Central locking
15 inch alloy wheels
Power steering
Adjustable steering column
Driver airbag
Wood trim
Center armrest
Two owners
Emission class: 01
Rear-wheel drive
HSN 0708
TSN 404
HU + AU will be renewed prior to sale
Emission sticker: 4 – Green


Normally when one thinks of a sporting W124, the mind is drawn instantly to the 500E/E500. About the only thing this 300E is probably missing would be the Sportline trim, but regardless, it’s a rare piece as is. It’s still within the realm of reason that one could find a reasonably clean version of the 500E/E500 with a bit higher mileage than we see here for a price similar to what we see here with this 300E. So when you factor in what it would cost in terms to ship this car over here and the other fees associated with the process, some might indeed go for the V8 option. Also worth noting is that this car has been sitting for a while, so this would warrant a thorough checkup indeed. Still, this is nicely optioned W124 worthy of a good home.



  1. John
    John August 14, 2016

    Subtle and German practice of deleting model identifying trim from left side of trunk lid – this car could present as a 2.3 litre four or a diesel.

    With this engine, the M104, as usual one needs to know about the wiring harness.

    As others have noted often, the MB manual transmission of the era is not loved. I have driven this set up (M104/five speed) in a 1990 US 300SL-24; the shifting is not very satisfying.

  2. John Campbell
    John Campbell August 14, 2016

    1990 models were not afflicted with the biodegradeable wire harness fiasco. What a beautiful car. Would love to have this example. It’ has absolutely everything i would choose including colors.

  3. John
    John August 14, 2016

    “1990 models were not afflicted”.

    1990 300E models in the USA were not subject to the problem; all 300E (and 300TE) models in USA had the M103 single cam six. Only the 1990 300CE and 300SL in the USA had the twin cam M104 and this is the engine that had the wiring harness issue.

  4. Fernando Diaz
    Fernando Diaz August 22, 2016

    Deleting the badges adds elegance/mystery. I like it.

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