A highly specified petrol W124 estate (or S124) is one of Mercedes great ‘do anything’ cars. It combines tremendous practicality – particularly the seven-seat version – with luxury, refinement, performance and an understated elegance that’s been lost on more recent vehicles.
Over twenty years has passed since the last was sold new in the UK, and despite their quality and inherent reliability, most have been driven into the ground, so exceptional examples are sought after.
This 1994 E320 Estate is a very high specification example with low miles, great colours and in superb condition – a very rare thing to find.
Finished in Blue Black (199) with black leather and equipped with all the key options, including, air conditioning, seven seats, electric heated front seats, cruise control, electric steering column, airbags and outside temperature gauge. The full list is below.
Supplied new in Japan, this E320 came to the UK in 2016 and has been owned by one Mercedes collector since. Having spent the majority of its life in the substantially kinder climate of Japan, where salt is not used on the roads and vehicle servicing is mandatory as part of their much stricter ‘MoT’, this 124 estate is in a condition that far surpasses examples we see that have been in the UK from new. They are very rare to find in right-hand drive as it was more prestigious to drive a left-hand drive example.
The car is absolutely corrosion free, the underside is immaculate and the exterior paintwork is unmarked. It retains the correct satin Alto Grey lower half and the original eight-hole alloy wheels have been refurbished in their correct diamond-cut finish to perfection. All new premium Goodyear tyres are fitted all round.
The interior is in lovely condition throughout. No bolster wear and no signs of wear to the load compartment, commensurate with the car’s careful usage and low miles. In addition to the considerable standard equipment, once in the UK the last owner spent circa £2k upgrading the stereo equipment with integrated sat nav, including fitting a reverse camera that’s also integrated into the stereo.
Within the last year this estate has had a precautionary head gasket replacement, along with replacement of the rubber fuel hoses and vacuum lines using only genuine Mercedes parts as verified by the invoices. The speedometer has been converted to miles per hour.
On the road it drives beautifully. Powerful, quiet and refined with the superb ride and poise these cars are famed for. With cold air conditioning, cruise control and a smooth automatic gearbox, you can cover lots of miles in total relaxation.
If you’re looking for one of these fabulous cars and are keen to seek a superb car that needs nothing and isn’t suffering from the usual corrosion, this example should be seriously considered. The 320 engine, very high spec and desirable colour scheme make it very special indeed.
221 – Left seat electrically adjustable
222 – Right seat electrically adjustable
240 – Outside temperature indicator
253 – Stereo MB Exquisit
261A – Black leather trim
280 – Steering wheel and gear shift in leather
291 – Driver and passenger airbag
300 – Storage box in front tray
412 – Electric sliding sunroof
420 – Four-speed automatic gearbox
443 – Cruise control and electric steering column
547 – Double roller blind and illuminated sun visors
570 – Folding armrest front
586 – Behr air conditioning with electric windows all round
600 – Headlamp wash/wipe
652 – Eight-hole light alloy rims
731 – Walnut wood trim
814 – Active bass loudspeaker system
844 – Folding seats in load compartment (7 seats)
873 – Heated front seats