1991 MERCEDES 300E-24V (8)

Good provenance counts for a lot. It certainly adds to the appeal of our pristine Mercedes middleweight.

We’re not alone in coveting low-owner, low-mileage cars whose careful ownership is reflected inside and out, as well as in the service book.
Some of the Keepers have never served as anyone’s sole means of transport. The 350Z and 300E-24 have always been used selectively and their near-new condition has been maintained from one year to another. In each case, the original owner was an enthusiast upgrading from an earlier version of the same model.
Jim Palmer, the Waikato motor racing ace from the ’60s and ’70s, traded a standard 300E saloon when he ordered this 24-valve Sportline in 1991. Impressed with his $145k purchase, he kept it for 12 years during which he travelled about 50,000 careful kilometres.
The Sportline treatment adds much appeal to a handsome car with an unburstable reputation. But just as likely to attract admirers are Palmer’s choices of Smoke Silver paintwork with bone leather and burr walnut. The 17-inch Monoblock alloys are a 21st century addition (the style is from a W210 AMG) and careful ownership means they are an unmarked as the pristine flanks and bumpers.
Not only is the inviting cabin a supremely comfortable place to sit, it’s also fresher looking and, from our experience, better built than the inside of the renowned W126 S-Class. Such is the quality of materials from this era, keeping the cabin looking like new is child’s play.
As the middleweight Merc rounds out its third decade, you wonder whether time will ever diminish this car’s star qualities.

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MERCEDES-BENZ 300E-24v

VARIANT W124 Sportline saloon

COLOUR Smoke Silver

UPHOLSTERY Bone leather

ENGINE 2,960cc straight-six

POWER 172kW (231bhp)

TORQUE 265Nm @ 4600rpm

TRANSMISSION 5-speed auto, RWD

0-100km/h 7.8 secs

WHEELS 17-inch alloy

LENGTH 4.8m

WEIGHT 1480kg

EMAIL keepers@kiwigarage.co.nz

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