The Details

Mercedes W124 E280 Sportline




  • Mileage: 80,930
  • Year: 1994
  • MOT Expiry: August 2021
  • Exterior Colour: Blue-Black Metallic
  • Interior Colour: Grey Leather Sports Seats
  • Top speed: 143
  • 0-60mph: 9.1
  • BHP: 190
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 2799cc
  • Engine Configuration: Straight 6

Model History

W124 was the internal chassis designation for the 1985-1995 generation of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class; it was also the first generation officially referred to as the “E-Class”. W124 models replaced the W123 after 1985 and were succeeded by the W210 E-Class after 1995. The R129 SL roadster was based on the W124 platform, and in return the W124 was later equipped with the SL’s 5-litre V8 engines, creating the 500E.

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 at the time due to its aerodynamic body that included plastic moulding for the undercarriage to streamline airflow beneath the car, thus reducing fuel consumption and wind noise. It had a single windscreen wiper with an eccentric mechanism at its base that extended the wiper's reach to the top corners of the windscreen, more than if it had travelled in a simple arc. The saloons, coupés, and convertibles had optional rear headrests that would fold down remotely to improve rearward visibility when required.

The ‘Sportline’ option came as standard with sports seating, wider wheels with wider profile tyres, quick ratio steering, a smaller diameter steering wheel, “Sportline” designation on the gearknob and front wings, slightly lower ride height, and a specially tuned suspension including shorter, stiffer springs, struts, anti-roll bars, and bushings.


Blue-Black Metallic paintwork, Grey perforated leather upholstery, Sportline equipment: Sports seats front and rear, Electrically adjustable front seats with memory, 390mm ‘E500’ sports steering wheel, Quick ratio steering, Lower ride height, Specially tuned suspension, “Sportline” exterior badges and gearknob; 5-speed automatic transmission, Cruise control, Air conditioning, Electric windows front and rear, Electrically-adjustable steering column, Burred walnut interior trim, Front central armrest, Rear headrests, Electric rear window sunblind, Heat-insulating glass all round, Headlamp wash/wipe, Clear front indicators, Remote central locking, Pioneer head unit with remote, Spare wheel, Mercedes overmats.


This bona fide W124 Sportline looks magnificent in Blue-Black Metallic, the perfect choice for a Mercedes of this vintage. As a rare factory Sportline the car boasts specially tuned suspension for better handling, lower ride height and a more assertive stance. On close inspection there are no unsightly scrapes or scuffs to report, either to the bumpers or bodywork, and along both sides the car remains nice and straight. The headlamps are clear with no signs of moisture ingress, and the ‘Sportline’ badges are still present all round. With only a handful of discreet paint imperfections to speak of, this handsome example presents in great condition throughout, not concours but in line with the age and mileage. The underside also presents to a very high standard.



The airy E-Class cabin is equipped with sumptuous sports seats front and rear, nicely spec’d in pale grey perforated leather. The supple upholstery retains a lovely matte finish that’s free from the shininess and wear of higher mileage examples; even commonly worn areas such as the driver’s bolster and front armrest show few signs of use. Both the Sportline gearknob and special 390mm ‘E500’ sports steering wheel also present exceptionally well. The grey upholstery is accented with glossy walnut inlays extending from the doors to the dash, along the centre console and between the rear seats, all still in great condition with only a few hairline cracks in the lacquer to report.

The front seats are electrically adjustable, and both are equipped with memory. The steering column is also electric, with other creature comforts including cruise control, dual zone air conditioning, an electric rear window sunblind, and a Pioneer head unit that fits in perfectly with the surrounding walnut trim.


The E280’s 2799cc straight six starts without fuss and idles smoothly up to temperature. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a 5-speed automatic gearbox. Lifting the bonnet reveals a perfectly tidy engine bay, not overly dressed but in very good original condition. Looking closely there are no signs of any damage or poor repair to be found. The last service was carried out in August 2020 and the MOT is valid until August 2021.


All four 8-hole alloy wheels have just returned from Lepsons having been fully refurbished and fitted with a brand new set of Hankook tyres for the new keeper’s peace of mind. The brakes have also just been inspected by our trusted classic car specialist and are in fine operational condition.

One of the most important parts of the Sportline package is the specially tuned suspension, which includes shorter, stiffer springs, struts, anti-roll bars, and bushings for optimal handling, lower ride hide and an overall more commanding presence on the road.

History File

This rare and desirable Sportline was first registered in Singapore in February 1995. It arrived in the UK in late 1999 and has now driven just 80k miles from new. The History File is complete with the original Mercedes document wallet, owner’s manual, and stamped service booklet. The last service was carried out in August 2020 at 80,837 miles, and since arriving with us a full mechanical inspection has been carried out with zero negatives to report.

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