SOTW: Mercedes 300 CE-24

With today's Shed of the Week we've had to physically restrain Garlick, PH's resident Mercophile-in-chief, from hopping straight on a train and laying 750 notes in the seller's hand, no questions asked.

This is because he buys far too many cars than is good for him and, for fans of the three-pointed star like him, the W124 represents all that is great and good about the marque they love. To find a clean example of the handsome, pillarless coupe version for Shed money is a temptation that is hard for a Merc man to resist.

In the words of an over-excited Garlick: "They're brilliant. They're elegant, they're beautifully built, they're reliable, they're as close as you can get to a convertible without the roof coming down, and they're cheaper than the estate version. Now will someone please let me out of this broom cupboard?"

The 300's 24-valve straight six is also a bit of a gem. Even the lowly 12-valve model could bring 188bhp to the party, but the 24-valve 300 CE-24 gave the proud owner a genuinely impressive (in 1990 terms) 231bhp to play with - more than the 3.2-litre straight six that replaced it a few years later.

It was enough to get the old girl (all 1490kg of her) to 60mph from rest in around 7.5secs and on to a top speed of 146mph - not bad for a 1980s design with seriously barge-like tendencies.

This particular one looks as fine an example of the W124 coupe species as we've seen in a while - and for the life of us we can't work out why it's so cheap. Nor can we understand, for a car that's been a forum favourite on PH for a while now, why it hasn't yet been sold.

Okay, so it's got a stiff-ish 200k miles on the clock (and maybe more if that knackered odo has been duff for quite a while), and there are a few bits and bobs to do to it to bring it into pristine nick, but it's got history coming out of its ears, a long MOT and tax and - well - it just looks right and unmolested.

If you fancy a punt we suggest you get over to Cheltenham sharpish - before we have to let Garlick out of the broom cupboard.

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1990 Mercedes 300 CE 24v Auto Coupe - £750 (1990)
200,000 miles £750

1990 Mercedes 300 CE 24v Auto Coupe.
200,000 miles.
Nautic Blue with cream leather upholstery and walnut facia.
3 owners from new - current owner since 1998 when the car had 28,000 miles on the clock.
This car has always been regularly serviced and maintained - receipts since 1998.
Maintenance Book stamped, original Owners Manual.
21 Mercedes Benz main dealer + 10 specialist service stamps.
The 6 cylinder engine and auto gearbox are smooth and pull well throughout the rev range.
MOT till August 2011. Taxed.
All the usual refinements:
Automatic gearbox with sports driving mode.
Air conditioning.
Full Electric front seats with 2 position memory.

Electric seat belt extenders.
Electric steel tilt and slide sun roof.
Central locking
Headlamp washers/wipers
Original wheel rims
Pioneer Radio/CD installed, but also have original Blaupunkt radio
Heated door mirrors
Cruise Control
Outside temperature gauge
Electric rear head rest switch
Mercedes carpet mats at front and rear
Illuminated sun visors
Unused Mercedes First Aid Kit

Now requiring some attention in the following areas:
Rust spot on offside rear wheel arch
Very small dent on rear just below boot catch
Offside rear window
Offside seat belt extender
Aerial sticking
Milometer stuck at 198,603 miles - it's been like this for a couple of months, so the total mileage for the car is probably around the 200,000 mile mark
MOT Advisory - Rear brake pipes slightly corroded

For more information please call Paul.
Car located near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Private Sale.

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Comments (165) Join the discussion on the forum

  • Gizmo! 28 Jan 2011

    OMG. And they say there are no cheap good cars around any more.

    Surely it's as rotten as a peach underneath.

    And smells of wee.

    I'd like to bet it'll be sold by sunset...

  • Rusty-C 28 Jan 2011

    Unbelievably good value for a unbelievably good car, with effortless style that the modern efforts just cant match.

  • anything fast 28 Jan 2011

    A quality shed! Even with 200k on the clock there is much life left in then old girl and its handsome in a way modern Mercs simply are not! A guy near my house has a gorgeous white one with a factory AMG kit and wheels...

  • W00DY 28 Jan 2011

    You know you spend too much time in various classifieds when you can't remember a shed that hasn't already been mentally noted down. (Or in this case posted 3 times)

    I do love this car: the originality, colours and engine are all so very right.

    It shouldn't have been for sale so long. Someone needs to get it bought, the mileage really doesn't matter.

  • Daaaveee 28 Jan 2011

    Lovely! What a bargain.

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