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1996 Mercedes-Benz E320 Sportline

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  • Mileage~89,000
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine3.2L
  • LocationHayling Island


1996 Mercedes-Benz E320 Sportline

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Alan Stuart
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This late W124 Sportline Cabriolet is one classy '90s cruiser from Mercedes-Benz, an iconic and popular model in their history.

The legendary W124 was produced by Daimler-Benz from 1984 to 1997, they launched this cabriolet version in 1991. Just like the saloon and coupe, it was beautifully styled, overseen by Brunco Sacco's design team. The car is powered by the bulletproof 217BHP 3.2L M104 straight-six engine which drives the rear wheels via a five-speed auto transmission, only fitted to the final production models.

The car has been owned by the same family for the last 18 years. Professionally stored for seven years until 2016, it has since been used for leisure only, continuing to be kept in an underground car park in West London until April, when the owner gave up the space ahead of this sale and relocated it temporarily to their holiday home. With just one previous owner, the car presents in very good condition given the age and usage, clearly a car that has been cared for.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Alan after meeting Simon the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

We've really enjoyed our 18 years with this W124, it's much loved and a joy to cruise with the roof up or down.

Simon and his wife Lisa purchased the E320 Sportline in 2003 when looking for a large, four-seater cabriolet and finding the car advertised by its first owner near Manchester. The car came with a desirable specification from the factory, low mileage with careful garaged ownership, so it ticked all the boxes and very shortly after, they travelled up to collect it.

Over a long ownership, Simon's had the car regularly serviced and MOT'd by independent specialists, with a pile of invoice from new to show for it, and always tucked it away in a garage for sunny days, only covering a few thousand miles every year. Simon will be more than happy to answer any of your questions in the comments below.

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Old school boxy good looks from the iconic 90s Mercedes-Benz W124.

Wheels and Tyres

The Mercedes-Benz 15" wheels are in excellent condition on each corner of the car. The wheels have just been treated to a full refurbishment that really elevates this car.

Continental ContiPremiumContact tyres wraps each wheel, and appear in great condition with plenty of tread left for the new owner. Please take a look at the photos and videos for a closer look at the recently refurbished wheels.


The bodywork looks in excellent condition with all the panel gaps flush and even around the car, the shut lines tell a similar story, all flush, with the doors hanging well off their hinges. Simon has kept the car garaged in his ownership, just as the previous owner, meaning the corrosion you often see on the W124 does not appear to be present.

A couple of points to note, the car had a light shunt in 2008, when at a roundabout the vehicle in front moved off and then stopped again unexpectedly. It was just enough to mean that two new wings and bonnet were fitted along with a fresh respray of the whole car. The work was clearly carried out to a very professional standard and no signs of major damage are present when walking around the car. Also, after opening the boot, you'll notice a very minor area of corrosion on the bottom of the boot lip. Please take a look at the photos and videos for a closer look at the bodywork.


Painted in Mercedes-Benz Signal Red (568), as mentioned a fresh coat was applied in 2008. It has been garaged ever since and due to this, the finish of the paint shows an excellent lustre and is deep in colour across each panel. The colour is consistent and looks even across each panel as you can see in the media.

Glass and Trim

The glass looks in excellent condition across the car, along with the trim.

All the window rubbers and seals appear tight with no signs of excessive wear or degrading. The hood also looks in very good condition, which is what you'd expect given the car is kept garaged.


A classy Mercedes-Benz interior we've come to expect, full leather with wood veneer trim.

Seats and Carpets

The interior of the car is in very good condition and really shows great signs of care over its life. The black leather seats look great with very minor wear on the bolsters, as you would expect.

The carpets are in very good condition, however, the car would benefit from a set of fresh fitted mats due to the age and use of the original ones.


The dashboard is very clean and offers a luxurious feel within the E Class thanks to the walnut wood central panel. Simon reports everything is working as it should.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel and gearstick are in great original condition. The steering wheel is lined with wood veneer and the gear selector has its Sportline badging fitted.


The Sportline gives the W124 an improved chassis set-up through a lowered and tweaked suspension, and quick-ratio steering.

Engine and Gearbox

Powered by the 217BHP 3.2L bombproof M104 straight-six, Simon has always given the car the attention it needs with regular Mercedes-Benz specialist servicing.

A silky smooth five-speed auto gearbox takes you to 60MPH in a respectable 7.6s. We captured a mechanical video, showing the car starting from cold without any fuss, coming up to temperature and settling swiftly after.

Suspension and Brakes

The car left the factory equipped with the Sportline package that incorporated the sports chassis option with a lower ride height, stiffer springs, uprated anti-roll bars, and higher-grade bushes.

Simon reports suspension and brakes work faultlessly, mentioning a firm and sporty ride with stopping on-demand performance.

The Drive

After 18 years, Simon can happily say it's still one of the best - and quietest - cars he's ever driven, notwithstanding the family’s main cars including Jaguar, BMW and Volvo. He mentions it being such a joy to get the car out after a long winter of storage and cruising down to the coast with the roof down.

Electrics and Other

The car is highly original, with its original Mercedes-Benz radio and cassette player. Simon reports all the switches, lights, and buttons work as they should.

The car also comes with its original wind deflector (never used), and a Mercedes Benz toolkit and first aid kit.

History and Paperwork

A highly original example of the 90s W124 cabriolet everyone wanted. Equipped with the Sportline spec and excellent service history it's just as desirable today.

The car comes with a lifetime of service history from the main dealer and subsequent specialists, and garage invoices from new. With only one previous owner and an odometer showing 89,500, it's a very usable classic ready to be enjoyed this summer.

The original car sales receipt is present from 1996, showing the additional options were Signal Red paint, black leather interior, additional rear speakers, mud flaps and with road tax for a total of £50,500. Simon will be more than happy to answer any of your questions in the comments below.

We've actioned checks on: Seller ID, V5, HPi.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
11.03.2021 MOT 89,206
09.10.2020 Service 89,014
17.03.2020 MOT 88,392
11.03.2019 Service 85,435
01.03.2019 MOT 85,433
21.03.2017 MOT 82,539
26.02.2016 MOT 76,532
27.02.2015 MOT 76,519
27.03.2014 MOT 76,502
16.11.2011 MOT 49,487
02.12.2010 MOT 75,248
02.12.2010 Service 75,248
20.10.2009 MOT 74,943
14.07.2009 Service 73,881
19.11.2008 MOT 69,945
27.11.2007 Service 63,462
27.11.2007 MOT 63,462
25.11.2006 MOT 58,399
07.10.2006 Service 57,527
01.12.2005 MOT 52,044
09.08.2005 Service 50,256
13.11.2004 MOT 45,871
13.08.2004 Service + (Brake & Coolant) 44,790
25.11.2003 MOT 40,888
16.07.2003 Service 38,485
26.11.2002 MOT 36,390
31.01.2002 Service (MD) 32,174
19.01.2000 Service (MD) 24,036
06.10.1998 Service (MD) 14,916
08.09.1997 Service (MD) 8,723
14.11.1996 Service (MD) 1,503
Key Details
  • ModelE320 Sportline
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date27.11.1996
  • CC3,199
  • Mileage~89,000
  • ColourSignal Red
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WDB1240662C291305
  • Engine #10499222103249
  • MOTYes. Exp - 16.03.2022
  • MOT ExemptNo.
  • Road Tax ExemptNo.
  • HPi ClearYes.
  • Former Keepers1
  • Tyre TreadExcellent
  • Tyre BrandContinental
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned18 years
  • Key FeatureOwnership

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£14,000 bid by ajjisamra 24.05.2021 @ 19:31:07
£13,500 bid by sumo31251 24.05.2021 @ 19:27:47
£13,000 bid by ajjisamra 24.05.2021 @ 19:19:42
£12,000 bid by sumo31251 23.05.2021 @ 20:37:03
£11,250 bid by ecc123 21.05.2021 @ 22:28:55
£11,000 bid by ecc123 20.05.2021 @ 20:16:25
Simon Montague
Simon Montague

Hi Duncan The radiator was replaced very recently as part of a full overhaul of the cooling system. I suspect the grille would have been replaced with the bonnet. The work was done by a highly experienced classic car specialist (Nigel Cooper Coachworks) as we have always recognised the special quality of a W124, and have wanted and been able to maintain the car fully and correctly throughout its life. The invoices here show the extent of recent investment and the consignor’s report provides an independent view of the car’s condition. The paperwork is with the car and I will… Read more »

duncan kerr
duncan kerr

How much was the bill to repair the car? If it had wings and bonnet it must have had bumper,lights,grille,landing panel,radiator etc. Do you still have a copy of the estimate thanks?


The accident the car had resulted in new wings and a bonnet must have been quite hard. Is there any sign at all of overspray from the repaint or were all the ancilliaries and the windscreen removed together with all the rubber parts ?
Many thanks

£10,250 bid by ecc123 18.05.2021 @ 19:46:14

Only thanks.
Also just checking it Doesn’t have Air Con fitted as cant see an Eco / AC button on dashboard ?

£7,500 bid by ecc123 18.05.2021 @ 17:10:46

hello, i assume the car is HPI clear and the bump / accident in 2008 was not recorded against the car ? thankyou


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