Monday, May 2, 2016

E-Class Coupe? 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300CE C124


The W124 Mercedes-Benz chassis was the first Benz given the official E-Class nomenclature and one of the bulletproof Benzes that came from Stuttgart during the 80s/90s.  It is a chassis that is typically associated with the 4-door sedan (like the fire-breathing 500E Hammer) but they sold a few C124 designated coupes.  Find this 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300CE C124 here on eBay bidding for $7,600 with less than one hour to go, located in Portland, OR.



I'm going to be honest with you and say that if someone had asked me yesterday if Mercedes had ever sold  a coupe version of the W124 in North America, I would have said probably not.  These didn't fly off the dealer lots when new, with a total of 13,160 units sold from 1988 through 1995 according to what source I could find on the web.



Powering the 300CE is a 3.0 liter M103 inline-6 that puts out 179 horsepower and 188 ft-lbs of torque in US spec.  Mated to a 4-speed auto, it makes for a decent cruiser.


This example of the C124 is in surprisingly good shape for its age, but with only 111k miles on the odometer and a thorough cleaning by the seller, it does look nice.


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13 comments:

  1. Your "bulletproof" comment in the context of Mercedes Benz reminds me of all of those morons on craigslist selling W140's (etc) with double paned glass as "bulletproof Mercedes".

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  2. One of my favorite MB designs of the era, although I never knew they sold it in Velcro Rockport Beige. The biggest issue on these, as I recall, was the biodegradable wiring harness that liked to biodegrade while still in the car.

    This car also really makes me wish that AMG had been an in-house tuner at the time of this car's inception. Yeah, I know there were some Hammer-esque versions, but they were ridiculously priced, and still are. If nothing else, this coupe deserved the 500E treatment in its day.

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  4. W124 si, coupe no.

    Partly because I am just naturally predisposed to sedans, partly because I just think the sedan has better proportioned, and partly because I still associate the W124 coupe with the useless mistress of a former boss he hired into a do-nothing sinecure.

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    1. I had to look up ^THAT last word... Thank you! :) For those interested, link

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    2. Learned a new car and a new word

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    3. Sinecure. This is going to be the search term I use for any job hunting I do in the future.

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  5. To set the record straight, the biodegradeable wiring harness (a better idea from Bosch haha, and also used in Volvos & other euro cars of the era) was not used until the 94 refresh on these cars.

    The earlier SOHC W124s (86-93)built the reputation of this particular series being bulletproof. Less trouble with wiring and no ASR, among other reasons. However, the trade-off is, second gear starts, approx. 40 less horsepower than the later DOHC ones, dimmer headlights at night, and a larger airbag wheel.

    Regardless, all W124s are truly Young Classics now, a good intro to MB ownership without losing your shirt on complicated & expensive maintenance. There are plenty of used ones around for parts, the MB Classic Center in California also still has most parts, they are peppy and sized right for our roads, and they are relatively simple to maintain, compared to anything newer. The Diesel models are particularly robust. Quite a cult following on the forums.

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    1. Thanks for mentioning that annoying auto tranni which starts in second (unless it is floored) and results in it being a 3-speed for all practical purposes. The top gear does 4000 RPM at around 125 km (70 MI) on my car, a 2.6 l six in a 91 190C. I wish I had the 5-speed!

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    2. Not sure if I agree with your explanation of the MB naming convention around 1988/94? How do you explain that my C-class car from 1991 has the same front end as that 300CE coupe, but is a 4-door with 190E on the left and 2.6 l for the 6 cyl engine on the right trunk lid?

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    3. Anon - first of all, pick a name and use the Name/URL option in the "Reply as" drop-down menu. No URL required, just type in a name.

      Second, your car is a W201, predecessor to the C-class. The car above in this feature and referred to in harrdware's comments is the W124 E-Class - totally different platform although the styling is similar.

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    4. Your car on the left, feature car in the middle, S-Class on the right.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/6Kh2Uvwl.jpg[/img]

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