1991 MERCEDES 300E-24V (9)

A particularly good car from a great Mercedes era, the 300E-24 compares well with Stuttgart’s best W124s.

Cars that stay with their original owners for a long time tend to be treated like expensive machines even when their value has declined to a fraction of the original cost. And they often have servicing and repairs carried out to the highest standard, to protect the significant original investment – in this case $135,000. That bought a healthy slice of real estate back in 1991.
Averaging a change of ownership each decade has not only helped preserve the Merc’s condition, it’s also minimised the likelihood of keys or documentation going astray. The full set of original keys (there are four) has been faithfully transferred from one keeper to the next along with all handbooks. This counts for a lot. It’s also satisfying (and surprising) to find the factory card with air-con instructions in the glove compartment and the card with wheel changing advice still sitting atop the (unused) spare wheel, with the standard W124 tool roll tucked in beside it. The large warning triangle on the underside of the bootlid may never have seen service; the first aid kit that sits in a compartment behind the rear headrests certainly hasn’t.
In the basement of the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart, we recently viewed about a dozen cars for sale, including three W124 models. As you would expect, these cars were superior examples with strong histories and they were commanding incredibly strong money. We came away satisfied that our Sportline saloon would comfortably slot into that line-up.

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