1990 Mercedes-Benz 300E 4Matic (W124)
One owner from new showing just 56,517 miles; rare to see all-wheel drive variant of the venerable W124 series E-Class
Supplied new by Greenoaks Ltd Mercedes Benz of Croydon in November 1990 to our vendor, this One owner W124 series of saloon comes to us in rare to see 300E 4Matic guise and is finished in Blue/Black with grey lower sections and wears its original 15” 15-hole flat face (Gullideckel) alloy wheels.
Under the bonnet, we find the popular 3.0 litre 12-valve M103.980 straight-six petrol engine which developed when new, 188bhp as a non-catalyst car (177bhp with cat) driving all-four wheels (4Matic) via four-speed automatic transmission with Economy and Sports mode.
As a 4Matic drive was sent to all four wheels via a sophisticated electrco/hydraulic system that detected slip and sent drive to either or both axles via three levels of 4wd. The light is illuminated presently, and the vendor tells us its been like this for some time, with 4WD being disabled in the engine bay (referenced in an invoice dated 06/2004, although the vendor tells us this can be manually turned on in the engine bay by the 4Matic lever).
Inside, we find comfortable beige cloth seats, Walnut trim, four electric windows, electric sunroof, head lamp wash/wipe, electric passenger mirror, electric driver’s seat, heated rear screen, drop down rear head rests.
The car has covered just 56,517 miles covered by our sole owner, the car presenting well for it age, with some marks present and would likely benefit from a thorough valet given its not seen much recent use and likely a new set of boots (the tyres show signs of age/perishing as pictured) but otherwise feels comfortable and appealing.
The history file includes the V5C confirming sole ownership, the owner’s pack and service book revealing 15 stamps, the last in October 2019 at 56,490 – just 27 miles ago and only 34 miles covered in the last four years since the previous service in October 2018.
In addition, the file includes an original sales brochure, original purchase sales order form dated October 1990 for £25,420 and organised dossier of older invoices, more recent invoices and a couple of Mots including the most recent, valid until November 2023 recording nine advisories (enter the reg at check-mot.history.gov.uk) although they seem to relate primarily to old tyres, a corroded coil spring, loose mirror (replacement in the rear footwell) and a minor oil leak.
Recent works in file of note include fitment of a new fuel pressure regulator in July 2022 at a cost of some £606, new fuel pump, relays and ABS module in October 2021 costing £454, new battery in November 2021.
Ready to be enjoyed as a ‘normal’ rear wheel drive 300E or with some investigation and work an all-wheel drive 300E 4Matic once again – either way, its highly uncommon to find a sole ownership W124 with only 56,000 miles on the clock these days which is rather super.
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