The W124 is widely acclaimed as one of Mercedes’ great saloon cars, and driving this very low mileage 280E demonstrates just how good they can be.
Being a ’93 model, this W124 is an ‘in-between’ model that benefits from the new-that-year multivalve engines, yet retains the more classic looks of the chrome grill early cars.
Finished in desirable Blue Black with correct contrasting Alto Grey lower, it was specified with black cloth interior, eight-hole alloy wheels, electric seats, air conditioning and cruise control.
Since being supplied new by Yanase (MB’s official agent in Japan at the time) in Japan, this 280E has covered just 35k miles from new backed up by a full main dealer service history comprising of 14 entries in the service book. In addition, a further service has been carried out since it has been in the UK.
Having spent the majority of its life in Japan’s kinder climate, and evidently garaged since new, the car is absolutely corrosion free. Underneath it looks like a 2 year-old car rather than a 24 year old car.
The paintwork is completely unmarked and the interior is quite simply like new. The Zebrano wood is bright, glossy and free of the usual fading and cracks. The upholstery is perfect, even the plastic protection film is still on the sill tread plates. It really is quite exceptional.
On the road the 197bhp six cylinder is turbine smooth and the car drives with a tightness that you only find on low mileage examples. No squeaks, rattles or steering play.
The car has had a new wiring loom, A/C converted to R134a, the radio upgraded to a modern Blaupunkt Toronto with Bluetooth and hands-free, and all four tyres have been recently replaced.
In summary an immaculate W124 saloon with an extremely low mileage and a perfect service record.
221 – Left front seat electrically adjustable
222 – Right front seat electrically adjustable
240 – Outside temperature indicator
420 – Automatic transmission, floor shift
430 – Headrests in rear
440 – Cruise control
543 – Illuminated vanity mirrors
570 – Folding armrest
586 – Behr air conditioning and electric windows front and rear
615 – Left hand traffic lights and door courtesy lights front and rear
652 – Eight-hole alloy wheels