The Details

Mercedes W124 E280 Estate




  • Mileage: 76,341
  • Year: 1995
  • MOT Expiry: September 2018
  • Exterior Colour: Blue-Black Metallic
  • Interior Colour: Grey Cloth
  • Top speed: 135
  • 0-60mph: 9.4
  • BHP: 190
  • Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 2799cc
  • Engine Configuration: Straight 6

Model History

W124 is the Mercedes-Benz internal chassis designation for the 1984-1996 version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and was as the first generation to be officially referred to as E-Class. The W124 models replaced the W123 models after 1984 and were succeeded by the W210 E-Class after 1995.

Much of the 124's engineering and many of its features were advanced automotive technology at its introduction, incorporating innovations that have been adopted throughout the industry. It had one of the lowest drag coefficients of any vehicle of the time due to its aerodynamic body, that included plastic molding for the undercarriage to streamline airflow beneath the car, thus reducing fuel consumption and wind noise. It had a single windscreen wiper that had an eccentric mechanism at its base that extended the wiper's reach to the top corners of the windscreen (more than if it had traveled in a simple arc). The saloon, coupes, and convertibles had optional rear headrests that would fold down remotely to improve rearward visibility when required. This feature was not available for the T-model because of its specific layout (no space to store the retractable headrests), but the estate serially came with a "neighbour-friendly" rear door that was pulled in the shut-position silently and automatically by a sensor-controlled servomotor. This allowed the use of a tighter fitting rear gate, minimizing the cabin noise in the T-model, sometimes an area of concern for estate cars.

With the exception of the 200, fuel injection was standard and the engines incorporated features that maximised performance. The most notable feature was the addition of an oxygen sensor in the exhaust system which, in conjunction with a semi-electronic fuel injection system, could make the engine run more efficiently. This improved fuel consumption while simultaneously meeting stricter emission regulations. Mercedes-Benz's four-wheel drive system, the 4Matic was first introduced on the W124 in 1987.

The estate cars (chassis designation S124) came in five or seven-seat variants, the seven-seater having a rear-facing bench seat that folded flush into the luggage compartment floor. The S124 estate continued in production alongside the new W210 until the S210 estate launched more than a year later.


Electrically adjustable front seats (221/222), Outside temperature indicator (240), Leather steering wheel and leather gear shift knob (280), Front passenger airbag (291), Storage box in front tray (300), Electric sliding roof with tilting device (412), 4-speed automatic transmission (420), Cruise control (440), electrically adjustable steering column (441), Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors (543), Front folding armrest (570), Air conditioning (580), Electric windows front and rear (584), Heat-insulating glass all-around (593), 8-hole light-alloy rims (652), Active bass loudspeaker system (814), Folding seat bench in load compartment (814), Mercedes overmats, Spare wheel, Spare key.


Presented in smart Blue-Black Metallic paintwork accented by Alto Grey lower trim, this 124 estate looks fantastic under our studio lights and is equally as sharp in the flesh. The paintwork boasts a deep shine throughout and upon closer inspection all panels are exceptionally straight with good panel gaps to be found. Both front and rear bumpers are free from any significant scuffs or damage. Having covered just 76k miles and imported from a dry climate, this particular example is in superb condition with no signs of rust or poor repair.


The interior space is also in fine fettle, reflecting the car's low mileage. The cloth seats are a very comfortable place to sit and show no signs of wear and tear. Stylish Zebrano wood trim is laced throughout the cabin, the original Mercedes Becker stereo is in place, and all switchgear still feels solid to operate. The carpets also remain in excellent condition, protected by the original Mercedes overmats in the foot-wells. Within the vast boot space you will find the spare wheel and folding rear bench seat.


The E-class is powered by a Mercedes-Benz 2.8-litre straight-six engine, providing silky smooth performance throughout the rev range. Beneath the bonnet the engine bay is very clean and original with absolutely no signs of corrosion to be found. On test the 4-speed automatic gearbox feels smooth and seamless to operate, pulling through the gears with ease. At 66k miles in 2016 the car received an oil service, replacement spark plugs, and a new rear exhaust box. The gearbox was replaced in August 2017 at 75k miles.


The Mercedes sits on its factory set of 15-inch 8-hole alloy wheels, all of which are in fine order with only a few blemishes to note; they are shod in Dunlop tyres all round. Within the boot space you will find the original spare alloy wheel. The brakes feel strong and do an excellent job of pulling the car up quickly in a straight line.

History File

This low mileage W124 was first registered in July 1995. Spending its life on the salt-free roads of Japan up until 2016, the underside has never been allowed to rust. This corrosion-free example is complemented by an excellent maintenance record, which is detailed below. Since arriving in the UK the car has been in regular use under 4 Star's possession. A replacement gearbox was installed in August 2017 at renowned Mercedes-Benz specialist, SS Motors. The history file is complete with the Mercedes document holder, dealer-supplied manuals, the service booklet, and an original E-Class sales brochure.

25/07/1995 at delivery miles - pre-delivery inspection
22/08/1995 at 1,365 miles
07/08/1996 at 6,370 miles
27/08/1997 at 12,249 miles
15/07/1998 at 17,228 miles
24/06/1999 at 20,804 miles
26/07/2000 at 25,839 miles
11/07/2002 at 30,874 miles
29/06/2003 at 35,048 miles
22/07/2004 at 39,361 miles
13/12/2005 at 40,935 miles
30/07/2006 at 41,489 miles
17/05/2012 at 53,797 miles
22/04/2013 at 60,855 miles
08/08/2016 at 66,797 miles

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