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1996 Mercedes E230

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  • Mileage~18,446
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine2.3-litre
  • LocationChertsey, Surrey


1996 Mercedes E230

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Jon Dixon
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The W210 E-Class is a crisp retro-looking luxury cruiser that is full of personality and presence.

The previous E-Class generation (W124) helped Mercedes regain much of the ground it lost to the first Lexus, and was a resounding success. Therefore this second-gen E-Class has so much to live up to, and it certainly delivered. Back in '96 the refreshed styling of the E-Class was regarded as strong and substantial - a classic Benz trait.

This E230 was powered by a double overhead cam 2.3-litre fuel-injected four-cylinder engine, pumping out 110kW at its peak. The 2.3L was coupled to a silky smooth five-speed auto, as well as being equipped with independent suspension, powered steering, and ABS disc brakes all around.

This is the more luxurious 'Elegance' version and on top of the very impressive range of standard equipment, it came with larger alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, 10-stack CD player and auto-dimming mirrors - yes auto-dimming mirrors in 1996!

We really like the look of this ultra low mileage (~18,000) example which has one owner from new and a fully stamped service book, sourced by HCL Car Sales, who specialise in high performance and luxury cars.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Jon after meeting Devon from HCL Car Sales and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

We only source the highest-quality performance and luxury cars - we were taken back by the service history and low mileage this W210 offers.

As most of our dedicated followers know, we only source the very best and unique cars we can from like-minded private collectors and enthusiasts. However, recently we opened up our service to trusted classic and performance specialists. HCL Car Sales is one of those verified specialists and we're glad to be working with them - they have an eye for detail and we love the cars they offer.

This W210 is extremely desirable - one owner, low mileage, and being the top-tier 'Elegance' model.

Feel free to ask any questions you have about the car in the comments below.

Devon - HCL Car Sales
Vehicle Owner

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A sleek and sophisticated package finished in Azurite Blue with larger alloys offers timeless good looks.

Wheels and Tyres

The Elegance model was equipped with larger alloy wheels, which are presented very nicely on this example and give the car a luxurious stance.

The alloys appear in great condition, all-round - some very slight curbing marks are visible around the edges, however, you'll have to get close to notice. The larger alloys are wrapped in Continental EcoComfortable 6s on the front and premium Dunlop and Pirelli rubber on the rear. All the tyres appear in great condition with a good amount of tread.


Sleek, strong, and sustainable body styling in keeping with the Mercedes line-up, which is nicely maturing with age.

The panel gaps and shut lines look flush and true as we observed the car.

We did notice some light signs of damage when walking around the car, most noticeable on the front bumper there is a large area of scuffing, some minor parking marks can be found on the offside doors, and rear bumper.

Please take a look at the photos and videos for a detailed view of the bodywork.


Finished in an elegant metallic Azurite Blue the paintwork appears in great condition - the finish in deep in lustre and looks even in coverage over each panel.

Devon tells us it's thought that the paint is original and it certainly does look that way, and with an afternoon spent detailing the car, and touching up some minor areas you could really elevate the finish of the paint to the next level.

Please take a look at all the images for an extensive look at the paintwork.

Glass and Trim

The glass and trim tell a similar story and all look very good as you would expect from a high-performance, low mileage modern classic.

We have captured high-resolution photos and videos for you to review and appreciate the condition of the exterior.


A luxurious and spacious interior never fails to provide extremely comfortable journeys, wherever you decide to travel.

Seats and Carpets

Just as you would expect for a low mileage example with one owner from new, the interior is in excellent condition for its age. It's really been given the attention it deserves, with the seats showing very little signs of use.

A similar story is to be found with the carpets, door cards, and headlining, take a look at the videos for a detailed 360 tour within the classy E230.


As with the rest of the car, a really nice example. A clean and smart dashboard and instrument cluster. The original Mercedes tape player and aircon controls are fitted within the gloss walnut center console.

The dashboard is free from cracks or tears, please view the images to see the dashboard in more detail.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

A classic 4-spoke Mercedes-Benz steering wheel that shouts the '90s.

Both the steering wheel and gearstick are in a condition you would expect from this car - we didn't observe any excessive signs of wear and tear and both items present in great condition.

We have captured high resolution photos for you to review and appreciate the condition of the interior.


The robust and reliable 2.3L fuel-injected four-cylinder block powers this silky smooth E-Class.

Engine and Gearbox

The E230 was gifted with a double overhead cam fuel-injected four-cylinder block which will pump out 110kW at its peak. As with all Mercedes engines, they're renowned for being bulletproof and lasting hundreds of thousands of miles. This example has only covered ~18,000 since it left the production line in 1996, and comes with a whole host main dealer service stamps and MOT that help to verify this.

Devon reports both the engine and gearbox are smooth in operation.

Please view the cold start video to see the car fire up the first time and take a closer look around the engine bay and see underneath the car.

Suspension and Brakes

The car is fitted with ABS and disc brakes all around, combined with independent suspension - the E230 offers a very comfortable ride on every journey.

Maintenance on the brakes and suspension has been carried out in line with the schedule the owner tells us, ensuring that everything works as expected.

The Drive

A luxurious and comforting ride awaits the new custodian of this lovely E230.

You won't settle for anything less after travelling around town in this E-Class, being the more desirable 'Elegance' model you can enjoy the extra mod-cons.

Electrics and Other

The car is fitted with a whole range of electrical features from the factory including its original aircon and tape cassette controls.

Also the car is fitted with climate control and a battery isolator switch.

Devon tells us that to their knowledge all electrical items work as expected.

History and Paperwork

One owner from new, ultra low mileage, and finished in an attractive metallic Azurite Blue makes this the perfect usable modern classic.

The previous owner has owned this very attractive E230 Elegance since new, covering just over ~18,000 miles during their ownership. The car comes with a host of stamps from the main dealers servicing history and MOTs to back up the mileage.

Additional Options: Paint (366U) Azurite Blue Metallic, Grey leather interior, 213 - parameter steering, 220 - Parktronic system, 241 - electric adjustable seats with memory, 249 - inside and outside automatically dimming mirrors, 345 - rain sensor, 414 - electric tilt/slide glass sunroof, 432 - automatic 5-speed transmission, 500 - folding mirrors, 570 - folding armrest, 581 - automatic climate control, 652 - 8-hole light alloy rims, 673 - high-capacity battery, 955 - equipment package elegance, 910 - dynamo with higher capacity.

Devon from HCL Car Sales will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the car in the comments below.

Checks carried out by us:
- V5
- HPi checked and clear

This is an auction on behalf of a trade seller and normal auction rules apply, i.e. there is no warranty, no return policy and bids are binding with more info in our terms and conditions. As you can see, we go to great lengths to represent the car as fully and as accurately as we can, so please take time to review the entire listing, images, and videos and also ask any questions you may have in the 'Ask Owner' section before placing your bid.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
27.09.2021 MOT 18,446
12.08.2020 MOT 17,742
13.08.2019 MOT 17,122
15.08.2018 MOT 16,435
15.08.2018 Service (MD) 16,435
10.08.2017 MOT 15,740
09.12.2016 Service (MD) 15,325
17.08.2016 MOT 14,984
13.08.2015 MOT 14,577
21.10.2014 MOT 14,240
06.11.2013 Service (MD) 13,938
21.10.2013 MOT 13,826
23.10.2012 MOT 13,582
03.01.2012 MOT 13,235
04.01.2011 MOT 12,704
06.04.2010 MOT 12,417
15.12.2009 Service (MD) 12,023
07.05.2009 MOT 11,756
12.08.2008 Service (MD) 11,207
09.05.2008 MOT 10,836
18.09.2007 Service (MD) 10,257
11.05.2007 MOT 10,054
21.04.2006 MOT 9,581
22.11.2006 Service (MD) 9,833
08.11.2005 Service (MD) 9,392
26.03.2004 Service (MD) 8,606
16.12.2002 Service (MD) 7,896
28.05.2001 Service 6,877
29.08.2000 Service (MD) 5,681
26.08.1999 Service (MD) 4,497
18.09.1998 Service (MD) 3,280
Key Details
  • ModelE230 Elegance
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date30.09.1996
  • CC2295cc
  • Mileage~18,446
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourBlue
  • Interior ColourGrey
  • Chassis #WDB2100372A247970
  • Engine #11197022052043
  • Last Service15.08.2018
  • MOTYes. Exp - 26/09/2022
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers0
  • Security SysStandard
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypeTrade - No Warranty
  • OwnedSince New
  • Key FeatureLow Ownership

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Hello. Were there any advisories during last MOT?

Just curious, why are there three brands of tyres on the Mercedes? How old are the tyres?

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