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1991 Mercedes-Benz E300DT LHD Saloon Registration number:H613 FRN 150,478 miles from new (242,172 Kilometers) Blue grey Price £4,995

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Offered for sale here in the UK is a rare W124,a 300 Turbo Diesel,a car with a enviable reputation of being able to cover huge mileages with ease,it’s barely run in at this mileage! This particular car was owned by a friend of JTAutoClassics and imported to the UK in 2016 and has been barely used since arriving from Japan where it had lived all its life on salt free roads ,the current owner has now decided to sell and asked us to help,its only real journey was a trip to Spain and back! which it did with ease,the owner spends much of his time abroad and this car is not needed so the car is now offered for sale and represents a great opportunity to acquire a rare W124 in superb condition at a great price!

The 300D Turbo was The OM603.960 3-litre 6-cylinder Turbo Diesel engine was a gem, as one of the first performance Diesels produced by Mercedes, designed to offer the same levels of comfort and similar performance to equivalent sized Petrol engines from their range. Offering quiet performance whilst cruising, performance from this engine was very good with 147 bhp and 273 Nm of torque @ 2,400rpm. Coupled with a bullet proof 4-speed Automatic, these 300D Turbo models became known for their amazing ability to cover high mileages.These 3L Turbo Diesel engines have proven their worth in taxis throughout Germany. There was one example in MB's museum which had achieved over 4,000,000km on it's original engine.

Unfortunately the design of the Turbo's manifold and exhaust down pipe routing meant that the 300D Turbo could only be made in LHD.

RHD countries such as the UK had to make do with non-turbo Diesel versions (109 bhp / 191 Nm @ 3,000 rpm approx.) as a result.

The majority of 300D Turbo W124's were sold in Germany, Scandinavian countries and Japan. Some early 300D Turbo examples were supplied in the U.S. but most were the lesser 5Cyl OM602.962 engined 250D Turbo examples. A total of only 38,908 3 Litre Turbo Diesel W124's were produced.With this many W124 models of all guises produced, beingcars that last so well, some high-mileage 300D Turbo examples are still in use today, especially in Germany where some have lived their entire lives as taxis covering huge mileages. With so many still alive, virtually all parts remain available from MB and other pattern parts brands. Like it's predecessor the 123, this will be a car that remains well supported by MB for decades yet. Enthusiasm for these cars remains strong worldwide for all the right reasons. The last time we counted there were over 8 Benz communities online with a strong interest in 124's.

Test Drive: The 3.0 L (2996 cc) 12 valve OM603.960 engine produces 147 bhp and 271 N·m at 2400 rpm. The result is impeccable performance which to this day still works perfectly. Weighing only 1,390kg the OM603.960 engine can propel this 5 seater saloon to around 125 mph with sensible or brisk performance as desired. The engine purrs quietly & smoothly at idle. Transmission is creamy smooth and takes up well. Note: This example is equipped (since new) with the bullet proof 4-speed automatic, not the known troublesome 5 speed Auto that some of the later models were equipped with.

Having seen so little use in the Uk condition is as good as the day it was imported last year,remaining completely rust free and solid throughout,see picture of the underneath,this car will provide the new owner with many years of trouble free service provided it is maintained correctly.The term bomb proof was invented by this model!

A new MOT has just been completed and the car will also have new front anti-roll bar bushes fitted before the new owner takes delivery.A new battery has also been fitted.Worth noting this example comes with a very detailed service history,the previous owner in Japan was totally fastidious about keep records of the cars maintanance and the folder is an inch thick with bills and receipts,in fact it has one of the most comprehensive records of work carried out we’ve ever seen on a car imported from Japan..

Priced at just £4,995 complete with 12 months MOT this unique W124 represents truly  excellent value and a great way into classic Mercedes-Benz motoring at an affordable price,it could be used everyday with ease or as a reliable workhorse,remember there are regular accounts of these cars doing over one million miles and one such example remains on static display at the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart.

Viewings are welcomed and essential to appreciate the conditon of this classic W124,please contact us to make an appointment..