SOTW: MERCEDES 230TE
You'll be winning the space race with today's Shed (but any other sort of race is off the table)
Curiously, a Mercedes Shed of the Week is actually relative rarity, and the only coverage we've given to the W124 estate (S124 if we're being pedantic) has been Garlick's (now-departed) PH Fleet E220 estate.
But the time for the load-lugging 124 has finally come. Its coupe and saloon brethren have been dipping into SOTW territory for some time now, but the estate, for so long the darling of antique dealers and upper middle-class families, has always commanded a fair bit more cash.
Now, though, there are W124 estates dribbling below that magic £1k barrier. And some of them are even in ostensibly rather lovely nick.
Since then it's not done all that many miles - a mere 89 since its MOT in June - and the overall condition of the seems to consequently rather good. In fact, apart from a small spot of corrosion on the nearside front wing, a knackered electric driver's mirror and a no-longer-remote-locking alarm, there seems to be precious little wrong with the chunky Merc.
Ps - This was sent to me by an eagle-eyed PHer, so thank you for the spot. Unfortunately I've lost the original e-mail you sent, and I've forgotten your PH name, but ta muchly - whoever you are...!
Advert is reproduced below
1991 MERCEDES-BENZ E CLASS 230 TE Auto 7 SEATER Estate (1991)
145,000 miles £1,000
145,000 miles, Metallic grey, 1 previous owner.
A rare timewarp car with an interesting story.
I bought this in 2008 for a European trip as a 1 owner car with the rare factory 7 seat option, with just 132,000 miles and Mercedes service history.
It's had routine services and MOTs since but initially it had new brakes, exhaust, radiator, thermostat & housing, suspension pipes, gearbox oil & filter change, electric aerial, fuel filter, air filter, spark plugs - you name it, if it didn't look 100% it got replaced.
We took it round France to Monaco, across to Venice, Rome & Perugia in Italy, Lucerne in Switzerland, through Germany to Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium (where I was racing) & back home via Lille - around 3500 miles in 10 days & the car performed impeccably, the perfect autoroute/autostrada/autobahn cruiser. We actually called him Mercules as no matter what he just keeps going.
Besides the rather rare factory option of being a 7 seater with 2 rear facing seats in the boot (that fold down completely flat when not needed) there's a CD player, electric sunroof, electric windows all round, electric passenger mirror & everything works (bar the driver's mirror adjuster) & it drives exceptionally well. The tyres are fine, the toolkit and spare wheel are all there, there's a First Aid Kit (albeit an Audi one, but it fits in the correct compartment so it could well be the same kit with a different name on the case) and there's a spare key (with an original Mercedes leather key fob no less!). It did have a working remote locking alarm, but this ceased to work whilst my brother had it (I'm not lending him a car again!). However, I do have two spare remotes that came with the car so it may just need batteries in them to reactivate it but I haven't tried.
WWW.AUTOPERFORM.CO.UK where there's a gallery of around 40 photos in high resolution, including close-ups of the bad bits as well as the good!
I'll be sad to see it go and would love to keep it but it simply won't get any use (as proven by doing under 100 miles since June!), and as with any car it's better that it's used, so it's for sale and someone else can get some enjoyment out of it.
Just for clarity, this is being sold as a private sale. I am a car dealer, my company is Autoperform Ltd but this was bought as my own personal car in 2008 and then given to my brother, to whom it is currently registered (I didn't register it in my name so it is still a one previous keeper car, two in total) so it qualifies as a privately owned and advertised car, hence the private advertisement - the point being it there is no warranty (it's up to you to view, inspect, test drive and scrutinise the car and make your purchasing decision), no dealer back up and come to think of it, no bunch of flowers on the passenger seat either.
Please call or email if you have any questions or to arrange to view & test drive this car.