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Lot 051: Mercedes-Benz 300TE Diesel Auto

Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (27 November 2013)

Launched in 1987 and remaining in production until 1995, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W124) is widely recognised as the last of the 'over-engineered' Mercedes models before cost-cutting began to erode the marque's once impregnable reputation for money-no-object design. It was available in saloon, estate, coupe and convertible guises with a bewildering array of petrol and diesel engine options. Beautifully balanced and equipped with Mercedes' superlatively sure-footed multi-link rear suspension, all had nicely weighted power-assisted steering and excellent disc brakes. Very expensive when new, the handsome estate version, in particular, has long been a favourite with Britain's middle classes, owners tending to hang onto them for years, rather like the family labrador. This 1992 example was specified with attractive Turquoise paintwork, the leather interior including the desirable fold down rear seat option in the boot, making this economical 7-seater estate ideal for the school run. A towbar is fitted to make this practical load carrier even more versatile and it comes fitted with all the trimmings, including air conditioning, electric windows and an electric sunroof. The 143bhp 3-litre normally aspirated 6-cylinder diesel runs as it should, the car carrying an MOT certificate until November 2014 and tax until the end of this month so it can be driven away from the sale. Whilst you might be forgiven for thinking that the recorded mileage is actually the 16 digit chassis number, the car carries its 295,000 miles incredibly well, the vendor advising us that it has a comprehensive service history, although at the time or writing we had not been able to inspect this. Renowned for having the ability to cover colossal distances, these W124 estates have been gathering a serious cult following of late. It is easy to see why. CATALOGUE AMENDMENT; The service history book shows a total of 37 stamps plus its original delivery stamp from when it was collected directly from the factory in Sindelfingen in 1992.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number051
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£1250
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1992
Condition rating3
Registration numberH15 GWN
Mileage-
Chassis numberWDB1241902F238514
Engine number603912220568615
Engine capacity (cc)2997
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4