This very nice example of a December 1991 Mercedes W124 230TE was last owned by a company that specialises in the upkeep and restoration of mainly Porsche 356 and VW beetle derived vehicles and was used as their “ Go-to” load lugger and general transport vehicle. Purchased by them as an MOT failure they dropped the whole back axle out and renewed all the bushes etc, not just the ones that it failed its Mot on. This job was done in house so while there are no bills to prove this, I for one trust them ( they did say parts came to over £300 and it was a solid two days’ work so it would have been over £1000 worth to do normally).
As you can see in the pictures this fast becoming rare estate, presents very well. Bodywork is very straight with only a couple of minor flaws in the paintwork. Interior is of a high specification with alloy wheels, leather trim, all of which is in good order apart from a split in the base of the drivers seat, four way electric windows (NB. L/H rear only working on the door button not centre console), central locking, electric passenger side mirror, roof bars and sun roof. The driver’s door mirror while not damaged externally does not adjust.
Mechanically the car drives very well, good oil pressure and no signs of overheating etc. The rare option 5 speed manual gearbox changes nicely and transforms the 2.3 engine from feeling a bit under powered when in automatic guise. Suspension has been subtly lowered and this does result in a harder ride but again really makes itself felt when pushing on around the wiggly bits.
All in all a good solid car that can be used every day as is and then would be welcome at the shows of a weekend. The W124 model range is fast transferring from “Retro to Classic” status. Prices are climbing rapidly, rare spec versions such as this, even more so. It is not a mint show car and we feel has been priced accordingly but it is a very good investment, look after it, improve if you wish its value will only go up.
NOTE: Pictures are as it arrived prior to valeting.
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