1996 Mercedes-Benz E280 Estate (S124)
Smart 280 estate with seven-seats from the final month of production with considerable history and regular spend by doting owners
Dating from June 1996, this rather smart late model 280TE Mercedes hails from the final month of production of the W124 series estate (S124) which was introduced in 1985 and as such, is a desirable, face-lift late production example.
Finished in Azurite Blue and riding upon it original 15" eight-hole polished face alloy wheels the car looks so well, little would you expect to see it has actually covered 217,153 miles given its lovely cosmetic appearance – evidently a cherished example.
Higher mileage though it may be, it is certainly not uncommon to see over 200k on a W124 series, with many having recorded over 1million Km.
Inside, we find grey cloth trim showing surprisingly little signs of obvious wear or age, walnut trim, electric front and rear windows, electric sunroof, manually adjusted seats, electric mirrors, grey over mats, dual zone climate with no A/C, Mercedes Audio 10 Radio/CD player, heated rear screen, rear wash/wipe and of course optional but very useful fold away boot seats giving capacity for 7 if needed.
Under the bonnet, we find the proven 2.8 litre M104.942 six-cylinder petrol engine mated to four-speed automatic transmission with Sports and Economy modes.
The history file includes the current V5C showing just four former keepers to our vendor who has enjoyed the car for the past few years, an old V5C, 16 old MOTs and a selection of invoices for parts and routine maintenance dating back to Yr.2000 including £1,455 spent on replacement rear diff seals by MB of Oxford in March 2011, new ECU, coils and alternator in Sept-2011 by MB Oxford at an eye-watering cost of £4,100, rear suspension overhaul by MB of Swindon in July 2013 costing £3,375, new windscreen wiper motor and four new tyres in April 2014 by MB of Swindon costing £1,496, new exhaust and fluid cooler lines for the auto ‘box in June 2015 costing £2,324 by MB of Swindon again.
The annual visits to MB of Swindon continued with annual services and further works undertaken including welding to the NSR floor and OSF inner wing area, wheel refurb and annual service in July 2018 at a cost of £1,813 plus we find a purchase invoice for the car dated January 2011 at 83,400 miles for £7,950 from Classic Mercedes specialist Charles Ironside. The current MOT is valid until February 2023 with just one advisory recorded for a ‘brake pipe corroded or covered in grease/other material’.
Clearly well cared, it’s no surprise it is in the condition we see here today. We gather the car has been treated to two new genuine Mercedes-Benz front wings in recent years but there is no invoice on file to support this. The car started immediately and appeared to run as it should, feeling eager and solid as we moved it around for these images.
A smart, late model E280 estate in a desirable colour – a proper Mercedes to use and enjoy.
Documents: V5C; copy old V5C's; large file of invoices; 16 old MOTs; current MOT February 2023 with 1 advisory
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Reg No: N701EBG
Chassis Number: WDB1240882F344679
Engine Number: 10494222063339
Engine Size: 2799
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