The most-produced and arguably the most legendary Mercedes-Benz automobile of all time was the W123 proto-E-Class, with almost 3 million produced all through its 1976-1986 manufacturing operate and quite a few examples attaining magnificent odometer quantities. Obviously, the W123 could be purchased in wagon kind, and these longroofs are worshiped by an adoring cult of Stuttgart aficionados. How could Daimler-Benz have followed that act? By setting up a sleeker, quieter, safer, and generally additional advanced E-Class, of system: the W124. The first Mercedes-Benz to get the formal E-Course designation (pretty a when following its introduction for the 1985 design calendar year), the W124 stayed in generation right up until 1997. The wagon variations remain substantially-sought-just after a quarter-century later and are therefore difficult to find in motor vehicle graveyards, but I managed to track down this employed-up case in point with just over 225,000 miles in a San Francisco Bay Region property.
In 1989, Americans could obtain the W124 in sedan, coupe, and wagon form, all with the 3.-liter straight-6 motor. This vehicle experienced an MSRP of $48,210 (about $114,455 in 2022 dollars), or about a few times as considerably as a new Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser.
Mercedes-Benz buyers somewhere else experienced plenty of engines to pick out from in their ’89 W124 wagons (including 4-bangers and diesels), but Individuals had just this: the M103 gasoline-fueled three-liter and its respectable 177 horses.
Us citizens could get their W124s with 5-pace manuals for the duration of the to start with pair of model a long time, but by 1989 the computerized was mandatory gear in this article. I was extremely fired up when I discovered a discarded W124 coupe with 3 pedals a though back, but it turned out to be a grey-market European import.
Cars and trucks in coastal California tend to rust from the top down, as the severe sunshine eats away at the paint and then the wet winters and foggy mornings retain locations all around trim attachment points moist. If the car parks around the ocean, some authentic horror-exhibit corrosion can get place. I believe this vehicle put in significantly of its everyday living parked rather near to the Pacific.
The inside in this one particular nonetheless appears to be awesome, if you overlook the problems brought about by junkyard shoppers. My guess is that the entire body rust coupled with some expensive mechanical failure doomed it to this fate.
You can however acquire a new E-Class wagon now, but the clock is ticking.