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Mercedes W124 200E - Rolling Resto - Discussing S-Class Mercs

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Discovering this thread again brings back the memory of doing exactly the same stuffs on W124 I used to have.  Right down to sucking up the PAS fluid using tiny 3ml syringes.

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1 hour ago, Danterzza said:


Come on W140's are fit as fuckity fuck fuck.


There are a couple of W140s on Auto Trader for sub £2k. As tempting as they are, I would rather not know how much investment they would need to make them useable and reliable.

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The coupes look a bit like they are trying too hard IMHO. The saloons look real bruisers and must be super-comfortable. One or two round here - real presence. A 500 on LPG would be perfect. I prefer the saloons all round.

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In 1980s serials and films, especially in American productions, a W126 was always seen as a status symbol.




The lease on my Korean SUV is coming to an end within the next 11 months and for a new daily I am considering getting an S-Class Mercedes. As the car will be used all year round, I don't particularly want a mint example, something for £3-4k should be sufficient for my needs.

I would love a W126 300SE (the V8s are too juicy) and I would have bought one last month (£3k via Auto Trader, looked great) but it would have meant leaving it or the SUV standing for 11 months. I would also be up for a W140, again in 6 cylinder flavour. The later cars became infinitely more complicated. The W220, aside from being a rust bucket, has issues with the air suspension whilst the not that old W221, which are available from approx £4k, can be money pits due to complicated electrical issues. 

Decisions decisions. 

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Yes. The 126 are very thirsty in V8 form. Nice but having run both I still think that the 124 is a nicer steer. 

But.. a full fat 126 500 or 560 is quite a lot of fun too. But then again a 124 24V is quite good too...

Decisions decisions...

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Ahaa! My thread has arrived at last. 'S' class Mercs, my favourite subject.

I have had a variety of 116s in straight six and various V8s including a 450SEL 6,9, now that was thirsty!

126s are a better car, but not by that much, just newer and not so rusty. I LOVE the 126s, they are so classy and smooth, beautiflly well built, will last for ever if looked after to even a basic amount, I'd have another in a moment.

Get one.

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xtriple, I am impressed that you had a 6.9. If it was good enough for James Hunt....

Years ago I had a W126 300SE, silver with black leather. Hang on, I’m going to find a photo of it...

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8 minutes ago, lesapandre said:

20 years ago you could pick them up for a few hundred. Those were the days....

I did just that, I paid £400 for a tidy 300SE with a new MoT.

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I had a 420 - £225; a 500 - £350; a 560 -£500...sigh. All MoT. But...they did drink petrol which made them expensive. I still have a 560SEC I bought in 2002 for £1500...I have the original invoice £56,000 in 1982...more than quite a lot of houses then.

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1 hour ago, lesapandre said:

20 years ago you could pick them up for a few hundred. Those were the days....

I bought an ex Libyan oil company ‘89 500sel for £500 in 2012- great machine and 800 for a 1993 500sel the same year. Those were the days!

I can’t find the pics of those but here are a couple I owned around the same time- I had my drive filled with about 6 at once at one point. the black 420SE was £750 And sold my 560sec on here for £200 (ok it was terminally rotten) but it had an mot and a (supposedly ) 300bhp 5.6 v8 sounds amazing but it was fucked. (Des bought it)



That’s me chucking the ‘91 420 over a roundabout. Took it to Germany and cruised happily at 110mph and started in temps of -16. Lovely car.

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A tidy W220 can be had for sub £2k.


Or for £4k you can have a W221.

Amazing levels of luxury for beer money but so much to go wrong and potentially very expensive to fix. Does anyone have experience of either model?

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