Unfortunately the W124 400E is often overlooked or left in the shadow of the faster and wider 500E but fortunately for most buyers, that means the 268 horsepower, M119-powered sedan is still largely affordable. Today’s feature may even be unique enough to at least draw attention away from all the greyscale color combinations currently on the market. This 1992 400E can be found listed here with Cars and Bids under a no-serve auction ending at 4:50pm EST on September 22nd. It shows 149k miles and comes with a clean title and history. The submission comes to us from one of our subscribers and the seller, J Andrew (@jagracer1986).
The most notable feature on this car is definitely the color combination. It’s finished in Smoke Silver Metallic (702) over Brazil (Brown) leather and carpet. The body itself displays nicely and doesn’t appear to show any dings, dents or scrapes while the Smoke Silver paint presents largely in the same manner as a nice factory luster has been maintained by the previous 3 owners. The factory 15 inch 8-hole wheels look very well kept and we’re happy to see a set of painted (no chrome star) center caps that don’t look like they’ve been pulled from a junkyard. The factory glass seems to be blemish free and the rear quarter windows still retain the original Anti-Theft decals from Mercedes-Benz.
Step inside this mini rocket and the warm Brazil Brown interior instantly invites you to spend some time admiring just how many panels received the full color treatment in the 90’s. From the pillar covers through the upper and lower dashboard and down the carpets, every trim piece minus the steering wheel and shift knob is Brazil Brown- A detail largely lost in today’s cars as manufacturers strive for universal cost savings. The Burled Walnut trim appears very nicely kept and doesn’t seem to show any indication of cracking or much fading. Overall, the only real flaw we can identify in the cabin is some scarring on the front of the center console and a slightly sagging headliner.
Included with this 400E is the complete owners manual and book set along with 3 all three original keys, a complete maintenance booklet, and the original radio card. Altogether this is bound to be one of the best kept 400E’s on the market and given the color combination we can’t think of a better way to buy a V8-powered W124. Watch this auction over the next 5 days for a fair indication of W124 values and the direction they’re headed for non-widebody examples that have been meticulously maintained and thoroughly enjoyed.