1993 Mercedes-Benz E320 Sportline Convertible


  • Lovely example with lots of history
  • Rare Bornite Metallic
  • Original and unrestored
  • Owned for over two decades by vendor

The Appeal

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class ‘W124’ is seen by many as one of the Three-Pointed Star’s finest hours. 

Launched in 1986 to replace the legendary but long-in-the-tooth W123 series, the 124 was exquisitely engineered, believed by many to be the last truly over-developed and beautifully built Benzes. 

It felt old-fashioned when it was launched – but in a good way. As if it were made to feel deliberately archaic because Mercedes knew that, almost four decades after it launched, there would still be loads left in service throughout the world. 

And there are. From multi-million-kilometre taxi cabs in far-flung corners of Africa, to boulevard-cruising coupes and cabriolets in California, the W124 is one of those global icons. A great car, a well-loved icon and one of the best vehicles in the world. 

Among the many 124s built, it’s those with the fewest doors that are arguably the most desirable. Dubbed the C124, the two-door Coupé and Convertible models are real standouts in an already fine line-up, especially when equipped with a 3.2-litre straight six under the bonnet. 

And that’s what we have here – a gorgeous Convertible model in a very rare colour known as Bornite – a deep metallic mauve. It comes with a fully documented history, having been purchased by the current owner in 2003 and maintained by specialists during his ownership. A serial Mercedes enthusiast, he’s reluctantly downsizing his collection and is very keen for his beloved Bornite Benz to find an enthusiastic new home.

The History and Paperwork

  • UK V5C in the name of the vendor
  • MOT until October 2024
  • Original handbook, service booklet and owners’ manual 
  • Original service book stamped up to 107k in 2007, when space in the booklet ran out.
  • Subsequent invoices for all services and repair work since
  • Old MOTs dating back to the 2001
  • Recommissioned in 2022 after being kept in dry storage since 2015 – has covered only 450 miles since
  • Original dealer brochures
  • Used Car Invoice from when the Mercedes was two years’ old, for £29,995
  • Two sets of keys
  • Original Mercedes-Benz document wallet

The Condition

  • Stunning Bornite metallic paint that still retains a decent shine
  • 15-inch factory alloy wheels in good overall condition
  • Overall good paint finish with some tiny marks and scuffs but nothing of great note
  • Front wings replaced by current owner
  • No apparent corrosion to the wings, sills and rear wheelarches, other than one tiny bubble
  • Underside has evidence of surface corrosion but no apparent structural issues, and has not received any MOT corrosion advisories
  • Smart cream leather interior
  • Minor patina to leather seat facings but nothing of any note – just gentle signs of age and some wear to driver’s side seat bolster
  • Electronic “seatbelt butlers” in good working order
  • Tidy carpets, headlining and door cards
  • Electric roof operates as intended – has a few small areas of deterioration and evidence of past repairs (see photos) but remains water-tight
  • Four electric windows, giving lovely pillarless side profile once retracted
  • Pop-up rear headrests/rollover pads
  • Factory wind deflector
  • Modernised face-off CD stereo
  • Minor cracking to veneer around roof and electric window buttons
  • Headlight wiper-motors do not work
  • Air con may need some attention, probably re-gassing

The Mechanics

  • 3,199cc M104 straight six boasting 227bhp
  • Recently serviced ready for sale
  • Five-speed automatic transmission reportedly in good working order
  • Starts on the button with minimal smoke and holds strong oil pressure and a steady temperature
  • According to the vendor the car drives very well indeed, with no known or apparent faults

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1993
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model E Class
  • Colour Brown
  • Odometer 158,587 Miles
  • Engine size 3199
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Cambridge
  • Location Cambridgeshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
12 bids from 3 bidders
  • Me•••• £6,100 17/06/24
  • ne•••• £6,000 17/06/24
  • Me•••• £5,900 17/06/24
  • ne•••• £5,800 17/06/24
  • Me•••• £5,700 17/06/24
  • ne•••• £5,600 17/06/24
  • Me•••• £5,500 17/06/24
  • ne•••• £5,400 17/06/24
  • Me•••• £5,300 17/06/24
  • ne•••• £5,200 17/06/24
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