Mercedes W124 History

Mercedes W124 History

Mercedes-Benz W124 E500

Mercedes-Benz W124 E500

One of the most popular Mercedes-Benz released for decades in large print (about 2.7 million) and produced and now in India, began his victorious march of November 5, 1984, when it was presented to the public.

Came resistant to change but archaic (by design) W123, it caused a furor among buyers and simply lovers of the brand with its fresh MB design, a huge amount of technical innovations and traditional CF wide choice of engines.

Furthermore, Mercedes W124 is an amazingly petlostno rear suspension, so far tested on W201, having a striking Russian roads. In stamina is second to none and passive safety. Reduced vulnerable areas, allow to reach one of the best indicators of passive safety in this time as additional equipment is available airbag (SRS Airbag), appeared in production cars two years ago, the five-class sedan W126.

In his long life many times this machine has improved. The stages of this improvement can be conditionally divided into three stages, the most noticeable changes.

Mercedes W124 The first phase (November 1984 – September 1989)

Mercedes W124

Mercedes-Benz W124

This option is easily distinguishable from the others – this is largely absent chrome details (exception is the radiator grille), black moldings, bumpers are also black (body-color painted them individually and separately).

From the beginning they released several versions: 200, 230E, 300E, 200D, 250D and 300D.

On September 12, 1985. appears recognized as a leader in its class for trunk volume (2,200 liters) – Estate S124, replacing no less famous universal the previous 5123 series. The engines are the same with him as with the sedan, so as modifications are the same – 200T (T does not mean a universal turbo / wagon) / 200TE / 230TE / 300 / 200TD / 250TD / 300TD.

This year appears another six-cylinder engine, which is installed in the sedan – 260E.

Mercedes-Benz W124 Coupe 300CE

Mercedes-Benz W124 Coupe 300CE

On 5 March 1987 the public was presented S124 coupe, which until now is considered one of the most stylish coupes of all times and peoples.

The differences are significant with sedan – shorter wheelbase, a low ceiling, two-tone color (wide strips, but chrome edging) is easier to list the similarities in the details – the hood, bumper, fenders and headlights. For coupe versions only has two engines – 230CE / 300CE.

Sticking out of the general fashion of off-transmission in the same year (1987) MB model launches Mercedes W124 / S124 with four-wheel drive system – 4 MATIC (four matic), as well as turbo variants 5 and 6 cylinder diesels: 250D TURBO and 300D TURBO respectively (these models have an additional air intake in the front right fender).

Mercedes W124 The second phase (September 1989 – June 1993)

Mercedes W124 Coupe

Mercedes W124 Coupe

The first major renovation of the MB 124 series appeared in the salons of dealers on 14 September 1989. There have been some technical improvements (increased power is almost all engines) are modified interior and exterior.

Major external awards in the first series became colored colored body with wide plastic strips on the doors (both interior), chrome edging separating the two colors, chrome strips on the door handles, painted in body color mirrors, windscreen moldings, rear window (plus guides the ceiling) anodized aluminum (purple one earlier they were black).

The hall now has more wood (formerly wooden boxes were just a front for the six-cylinder models with other custom-) A new pattern of wooden panels-wallnut: (root walnut).

A new engine and M 104 – three-liter six line 24 valve head, was on just 24-300C coupe.

Mercedes-Benz W124 E200 Cabrio

Mercedes-Benz W124 E200 Cabrio

Fees and service vehicles at airports and hotels is presented extended version with 800 mm installed at the expense of an additional pair of doors, saloon six door V124-260E Lang/250D Lang. The range of models it replaced the MB sedan four-W123, created based on the W123. Main purposes of this 8 seater car was to serve hotels, airports and work as a taxi. But it was used as a representative vehicle for nothing disturbed by “fees” origin.

4 October 1990. appears “wolf in sheep’s clothing” – 500E, developed in collaboration with experts from PORSCHE and produced there. This beast is equipped with a 5-liter, 32-valve engine with a power of 320 hp, which accelerates to 100 km / h in 6.1 seconds. This machine cost more than the complete engine with exactly 500SE/SEL. W140, which is glorified as the fastest accelerating car in the world (in percentage terms, of course). Foreign awards were broad bulging fenders and different bumpers.

Mercedes W124 Е500

Mercedes W124 Е500

Furthermore, began to put six 24 valve sedan and wagon version – 300E-24/300TE-24.

On September 12, 1991. the general public was introduced convertible A124 created based on the S124 coupe, but owning one of the best indicators of body rigidity among convertibles. He was offered with only one engine – 300C-24. This version of the W124 had great popularity in America, and with SL/R129 is one of the best.

In this year (1991) started producing 400E sedan designed for those who had enough money to 500E. His design in no way differed from the standard W124.

In 1992. starts upgrading the engines, resulting in the old gasoline left with only one engine 300E 4 MATIC.

Mercedes W124 Third stage (June 1993 to 1996, till now in India)

Mercedes-Benz W124 Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz W124 Cabriolet

In 1993, shortly after the advent of the W202 C-class and introduced a new classification, 124 is determined to be renamed by this classification, while made some cosmetic and technical changes. On June 18, the audience is presented completely revised series Mercedes W124, which is now officially called a class.

Significantly changed the appearance, the radiator grille is integrated into the lid a la W140 / W202, and changed the front and rear optics (another form of headlights, white turn signals front and tinted tail lights) rear bumper of the sedan, coupe and convertible reached the rear wheel arch (earlier it was shorter) and started with the front bumper be painted in body color, the rear of the trunk became equal to the hollow place under the sign of the number (previously it was practiced in the U.S. versions).

The veteran began to appear in accordance with the then fashionable car.

Mercedes-Benz W124 Interior

Mercedes-Benz W124 Interior

Furthermore, the owners of convertible R124 started offering installation of hardtop similar to that of SL/R129 series. Despite the fact that the roof seems fabulous amount of money (in Germany around 10,000 DM), find people willing to have a four-cabrio and coupe in a car. With the hardtop convertible was almost indistinguishable from the body.

On July 4, 1994 in the town of Sindelfingen plant was placed 2.5 million copy of the Mercedes W124, a record for a car of this class. It was a convertible E320, which transmitting solemn, its owner was immortalized in photography.

Feislifta fashioned contemporary look of the car, many owners of the second version of the W124 also decided to upgrade their cars. Many are restricted to the replacement of the yellow front blinkers with white, and found people ready to suffer serious losses (basically is replacing the hood, headlights and optics) to repair your vehicle.

Mercedes C124

Mercedes C124

In March 1995 ceased production of sedans and limousines in connection with the new MB E Class – W210, the official launch which took place on June 23, 1995

S124 wagon off the stage in 1996 (appeared S210), convertible and coupe fallen victim to begin producing MB SLK R170, freeing up capacity for it.

For a while, in parallel with the main production sedan is produced in South Africa, where in 1997 their production line is Mercedes-Benz W124, production model – sedan moved to India, where our hero is made and until now, we must say that India a poor 124th enjoys a decent support.

Mercedes W124 North American Performance

MB offers traditional North American market only powerful versions of its cars. 200, 200E, 220E, 230E, E200, E220, 200D, 250D, E200 DIESEL, E250 DIESEL. this market never appeared. The rest are equipped with automatic transmissions. Moreover, some versions called otherwise – 300E 2.6 (in Europe 260E) 300E 2.8 (280E), 300D 2.5 TURBO (250D TURBO). Some models are designed specifically for this market – 400E, 300CE

Mercedes-Benz W124

Mercedes-Benz W124

  • Foreign honors North American implementation is limited to the following amendments:
  • Headlights for the first and second option are edging with metal frame
  • The third option headlights look like European, except that the tail lights turn signals were still yellow.
  • The front turn signals, and performed the role of the front gauge (a requirement of the North American market standards), the stops for this special section fulfill a function not working in European models. Moreover, in Canada, in accordance with the local requirements when the ignition is activated position lamp.
  • The front bumper cavity absent registration number (where you can drive without a front number), and the indentation of the trunk appears only in the third option

Mercedes W124 History

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2 Comments

  1. Gerard Breytenbach says:

    I live in Southern Africa and is looking for a place that will sell 300D spares 1991, apart from the agents who want to eat you alive! Looking for a radiator in particular

  2. Gerard Breytenbach says:

    what do you mean by moderation?

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