Low-Mileage Cream Puff:

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320
W124 Cabriolet

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Seen by many as the last Mercedes-Benz 4-seater convertible worth owning, the W124 Cabriolet has already established itself as a rising star in the marque's universe.



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Manufactured in Stuttgart-Sindelfingen during 1994 and 1995, a fine E320 Cabriolet is a sure-fire collectible with an enormous upside potential. While the car's build quality is way above what you can buy from Mercedes-Benz today, it's a complex car with electro-hydraulic convertible top, and as such you are advised to buy the best example you can afford. Ideally you'll want to find an all original car with low miles, without issues of any kind.

The E320 offered here is an exceptionally clean, low-mileage example featuring the most desirable color combination available.

Showing just 063,098 actual miles on the odometer, VIN *WDBEA66E9SC280591* was manufactured in October of 1995 as one of the final units of just 3,676 Cabs sold in the U.S. during the model year, at a list price of $79,000.00. The Cab was purchased new by a wealthy hedge-fund manager from New York to be exclusively used at his Long Island summer cottage before being shipped to his equally ritzy Country Club estate in California's paradise for rich retirees, Palm Springs.

Having been driven just 2,500 miles annually, on average, the Cabriolet comes with a clean CARFAX that contains no damage or accident reports and outlines 12 service history records. The full set of factory books and manuals, still inside the black morrokide pouch, is included as well.
Let's check out the car closely now, shall we?

Open wide!

Inside a tooth-brush clean engine bay resides the Cab's marvelous 3.2-liter "M104" inline-6-cylinder engine.

Made entirely from Reynolds aluminum, it features double overhead camshafts and 4-valves per cylinder. With 220 horses on tap, the Cab is able to cruise north of 140mph on the Autobahn (or on deserted Montana highways) all day long, if so desired.

A few detail shots, illuminating the car's immaculate state of preservation.

There are no fluid leaks of any kind to note.

Mercedes' coachwork is arrow straight. There are no blemishes to speak of. Stunningly beautiful Dark Blue (factory code #904) finish retains a deep luster and -- save for some paint correction on the right front fender -- is deemed to be all original.

In fact, we measured the paint thickness with our electronic paint meter. Above are the results.

Factory lightweight alloy rims look excellent, are shod with equally nice MICHELIN radials of the correct size 195/65R15 all around.

Cab's roomy cockpit presents intself in fantastic condition. Special supple parchment-colored leather with matching MB velours carpeting makes this interior appear as luxurious and aromatic as that of a Rolls Royce Corniche.

Notable factory options include:

  • Dual airbags
  • Built-in roll-over protection
  • Automatic climate control
  • Heated seats
  • Supple leather
  • Burled walnut wood accents
  • Power windows, door locks, mirrors, antenna
  • Upgraded JVC stereo system with navigation

Classic M-B instruments are free of sun fading and they all work, even the clock. Mileage of 63,098 is Carfax-certified.

Unblemished burlwood on dash and console. JVC stereo comes with handy remote.

Parchment leather seats look and feel fabulous. The bovine hides have survived a quarter century fully intact. They are in a beautiful state of preservation that only a pampered, low-mileage car can provide.

Having seen hardly any use, the spacious rear seat looks equally nice.

Rear head rests also serve as automatic roll-over protection. If so desired, they can also be raised via a switch on the dash.

It's truly a first-class cabin!

Mercedes is by far the most experienced manufacturer in the design of Grand Touring convertibles, and fit and finish of the generously padded, dark blue E320 German Sonnenland canvas top are impeccable. Fully functional, it raises and lowers electro-hydraulically with the push of a button. There are absolutely no leaks or wind noises.

Open or closed, this car moves as quiet and stable as the most solid S-class sedan.

Surprisingly perhaps, there is a sizeable trunk, lined with soft gray felt, large enough to hold four adults' luggage.

Factory books are inside a dedicated black leather pouch.

Unused, full-size spare and jack are stowed inside trunk, beneath a hinged lid.


Undercarriage looks faultlessly clean. There is no sign of corrosion or prior damage anywhere.

Extremely well-preserved floors.

Monday, January 20th was another fine mid-winter day here in quaint San Buenaventura. We were looking forward to taking the big Benz for a spin -- top down, of course.

The car starts, idles and runs flawlessly.

Every minute spent driving this fine car will be wonderfully pleasurable. It is quick, quiet, with sure-footed steering, handling, and braking.

Built in very limited numbers, the E320 Convertible has its own Fan Club in Germany, with devoted collectors/owners keeping the spirit of the Grand Marque alive. Very few of these exclusive automobiles were delivered with this particularly attractive color combination, fewer yet have survived with such low mileage. Yet, you are still able to own and enjoy this fine 5-seater convertible for less than the price of a used Camry. What's there not to like?


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