Usually when the Mercedes-Benz W124 is brought up it is all about the 500E, Cabriolet or sometimes the diesel. This is for good reason, of…
Someone on the Facebook page recentlyÂ said I tend toÂ post cars in boringÂ colors like black, silver or gray. They are not wrong. It’s hard to find the models I like in anything else.Â There are some great exceptions, of course. BMW has some really neat colorsÂ availableÂ through its Individual program (my favorite isÂ Velvet Blue). But there’s no getting around it; most of my favorite 80s and 90s German cars leftÂ the factoryÂ with conservative paint jobs. That’s likely no accident. StaidÂ colors are generally well suited to the lines of the cars, especially sinceÂ the design language ofÂ the period was itself quite conservative. Still, I feel under an obligationÂ to find you all some more interesting colors. And this is my opening gambit: a 300EÂ in Crystal Green (256). The W124Â can be had for very little money these days, and used as a cheap runaround until it clocks at least half a million miles. YetÂ it still offers the luxury, solidityÂ and build qualityÂ that earnedÂ Mercedes its reputation for making some of the best cars in the world.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300E
You probably know all about the W124 AMG ‘Hammer’ cars by now. A normal 300E that was transformed by then independent company AMG into a four-door monster thanks to the punched-out 6.0 liter M117/9 and various other Ã la carte options depending on the owners desires. They didn’t call these cars the ‘Hammer’ for nothing with 375-ish horsepower and even more torque. Because of this, the values have held strong at nearly 10 times and sometimes even more than what you’d pay for a normal W124 300E. When one of these cars come up for auction, it’s usually a big deal. This 1988 Hammer heading to the block at the end of the month will probably fetch a pretty penny, despite what Sotheby’s is predicting. So let’s check this monster out:
CLICK FOR DETAILS:Â 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300E AMG ‘6.0 Hammer’ at RM Sotheby’s
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
In the past I’ve sung the praises of theÂ W201 as a classy yetÂ affordable daily driverÂ (see here and here). But for some, the compact Baby Benz is just a little too small.Â The good news is that all the best features of the W201 -Â the classic styling, bank vaultÂ build quality and over-engineered platform thatÂ yieldsÂ surprisinglyÂ high levels of crash protection Â – can all be had in the roomier W124. Produced between 1984 and 1996, this generation of theÂ E-class is in many ways the definitive 80s-era Benz: handsome,Â practicalÂ and built to outlive itsÂ owners. Indeed, since these cars are so long-lasting, there’s no shortage of themÂ out there for sale, with a wide variety of examples available to suit all manner ofÂ tastes and budgets – sedans, wagons, coupes and convertibles,Â gas or diesel engines, hoopty or minter. Most of these fall on theÂ affordable side (with the exception of theÂ 500E super sedan), offering a lot ofÂ substance for very little money. This particular carÂ is a fairly basic 300E, but it caught my eye because it ticks all the rightÂ boxes: a nice color, low miles and a good price.