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Mercedes-Benz History: The Mercedes-Benz C 124

The Coupé variant of the 124 series was at the Geneva Motor Show in the first models were the 230 CE and 300 CE

by Clark | 24 March 2010

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The Mercedes-Benz history features various each stands in an exceptional way for dynamic, elegance and style and is a classic right from the At the 1987 Geneva Motor the company presented the Coupés of the 124 which were produced up 1996. To this day they with their balanced, design and are thus the ideal classic. The coupé is an exclusive shape and people who drive a car have style and demonstrate an for the individual.

The 124-series Coupés, designated C 124, perfectly to this clientele. Models 230 CE and 300 CE the first to debut. In autumn the 300 CE-24 was added as new flagship One year later it was joined by the 200 CE, was intended solely for export to The year 1992 saw the arrival of the 200 CE, 220 CE and 320 CE up-to-date four-valve-per-cylinder engines. In the powerful E 36 AMG Coupé marked the climax of the series in regard to

Stylistically the Coupés of the 124 series their affinity to the Saloon, themselves with the same clear lines for which designer Bruno Sacco was And yet their looks make cars in their own right: the are a little shorter than the Saloons, are designed as two-doors, and windscreen and rear window a flatter angle. These features emphasise the character of exclusive vehicles.

For the technology the fell back on the Saloon: the have the multi-link independent suspension of the four-door cars and shock absorber strut front suspension located by wishbones. The braking system originated unchanged from the Features like this the high safety for which stands. The passive safety is by an elaborate bodyshell structure provides crumple zones deform according to a specific and attains excellent ratings for and stiffness despite the lack of

The vehicles scored high on with further equipment such as the anti-lock braking ABS, which was standard in the 300 CE from the outset and in the 230 CE from 1988 on. In autumn 1988 all of the series got a heated nearside mirror and, adopted the S-Class, a windscreen washing with a heated washer including heated nozzles and

The innovative strength of the company expression in details like the panoramic windscreen wiper in the 124 which ensured a swept that was the largest of any car, but the electric belt feeder, automatically extended the Coupé belts to a convenient gripping once driver or front had taken their seats.

set new standards for comfort with the 124 The engineers have an extremely understanding of the term comfort: not a pleasant atmosphere in the interior, comfortable upholstery and high-grade a sophisticated suspension system and engines create a sense of but the perfect interplay of all vehicle Drivers always have the that with this they get the perfect mobility to suit their needs. The 124 is a prime example of this

The Coupés are special highlights in the portfolio. Accordingly they an extensive range of standard which admittedly is often with further extras by the of these exclusive vehicles – a point for all those who today for a modern classic with amenities.

Within a nine-year 141,498 Coupés of the 124 series built. This may sound a lot at first, but the figure is put into by the overall production volume for the inclusive of all body variants 2.6 million vehicles were Today there are still many Coupés in daily but the appearance they present on the is what it always has been:

And that is precisely what of a 124-series Coupé today who see it as a modern classic. It combines dynamism and style with suitability for everyday use. The supply of parts through the service organisation also this – almost every is still available. The company has complete vehicles to offer: are available at Mercedes-Benz Young in Stuttgart for purchase or rental.

history: the C 124 series (1986 to

Convincing body design timeless elegance

Various and six-cylinder models to choose

Most powerful model: the E 36 AMG

The Coupé variant of the 124 series was at the Geneva Motor Show in 1987, exactly ten years the presentation there of the previous of the 123 series. The first models out the 230 CE and 300 CE. Though technically and stylistically related to the Saloon, the Coupé was a in its own right.

The floor unit of the four-door was the but wheelbase and overall length 85 millimetres shorter. That and the two-door design underscore the character. Accordingly, in construction and the body represents a completely variant, as was the case with the model. The visual commonality the Saloon was limited to the front end up to the the tail lights and the dashboard. All body parts had been That includes the windscreen and the window, which were more flatly (1.0 and 1.5 respectively) compared with the An important side effect of the design: the low coefficient of drag a Cd of 0.30 to 0.31 (depending on appreciably reduced the fuel of the Coupé versus the previous


Where the engineering is concerned it was a story: the mechanical components of the were completely identical those of their four-door Like the Saloons they had a independent rear suspension further improved the handling compared with the previous plus a shock absorber independent front suspension by individual wishbones. The braking likewise was taken unchanged the four-doors.

The drive system also came from the The debut models 230 CE and 300 CE were as standard with a closed-loop converter. Optionally they also be ordered as so-called retrofit versions in which a catalytic converter could be any time subsequently, and which had a higher output. This applied in the transitional period unleaded petrol was not yet available The 230 CE had a four-cylinder engine (M 102) an output of 97 kW (catalyst retrofit 100 kW), the 300 CE a six-cylinder with 132 kW retrofit version: 138 kW). A manual transmission was fitted as in both variants. For an additional a four-speed automatic transmission was whose fourth gear was not as an overdrive, i.e. engine could be fully utilised. the 300 CE could be identified by its twin – and the model plate, unless it was on ordering.

It goes without that the safety standard in the Saloons of the 124 series was adopted for the The missing B-pillars could be by reinforced A-pillars, rocker and doors as well as a particularly percentage of high-strength sheet This made the overall of the Coupés slightly higher the Saloons’. The design engineers new paths in designing the end section of the the interior panelling of the roof was slightly over the rear benefiting the safety and comfort of seat passengers: in dangerous neither the edge of the panel nor the of the window were close to the And since the roof, despite the shape, did not begin its downward until well to the rear, the in the rear had much more for themselves than one is accustomed to in a The overlapping area was visually by a dark pattern on the rear

The anti-lock braking system ABS was equipment in the 300 CE from the outset, and in the 230 CE February 1988 on.

A characteristic element documenting the independence of the design compared with the variants of the series were the rub combined with integral skirts. Between the wheel at bumper level, they an optical link between apron and rear apron like the aprons, were in contrasting metallic colours.

As in the SEC a belt feeder extended the belt as soon as driver or passenger took their This comfort feature is because the seat belts are fairly well to the rear to the elimination of the B-pillar.

Like all of the series, the Coupés got an extended of standard equipment in September It now included a heated and electrically nearside exterior mirror and the washing system of the S-Class a heated washer reservoir heated nozzles and hoses.

refinement packages keep the up to date

In September 1989 at the International Motor Show showed a revised intermediate model range, including In the Saloons and the Estate the refinements on changes to the styling of the body and the of the interior, while on the outside the presented themselves practically since they had been from the start of their with the side rub strips were the most conspicuous of the facelifted 124 series models, and in a way as model for the revamp of the other variants.

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The side skirts optically upgraded with polished stainless steel strips which continued the tops of the front and rear In a discreet form they back that often touch of sparkling chrome a long period of abstinence. were complemented with trim elements on the door and changed wheel embellishers in the Mercedes star and a narrow ring on the circumference also chrome-plated. Another new feature exterior mirror housings the colour of the car. The interior presented itself in a new design improved front and rear and numerous improvements to details.

For the facelifted 124 series, from on the Sportline package familiar the 201-series models also was as an optional extra. External were the sports suspension wide-base tyres size R 15 on 7 J x 15 light-alloy or steel rims and a (23 millimetres) body. The other of the package included 20-percent springs and shock absorbers with modified interior with a leather steering (diameter 390 millimetres instead of and leather gearshift lever as as individual front and rear

Apart from said in design and appointments the revamped 124 model range shown in five entirely new models as among them a Coupé, the 300 This powerful variant was applying the modular principle and the 162 kW 3.0-litre four-cylinder engine (M of the

300 SL-24. Owing to the different conditions, however, it was not possible to use the catalytic converter cross-section as in the SL so the rated output was 8 kW lower. The 300 functioned as new flagship model of the class and accordingly had a higher of appointments including light-alloy leather steering wheel and shift lever, burred trim, and courtesy lights in the The electronically controlled five-speed transmission shown in the 300 CE-24 was a first.

Catalyst retrofit were no longer available. June 1990 on the Coupé was produced as the 200 CE featuring the tried and 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine (M 87 kW with and 90 kW without catalytic albeit exclusively for export to

In September 1992 the company a revised intermediate class range – at that point two vehicles of the 124 series had already off the assembly line. If the emphasis had on styling changes in the first in autumn 1989, this Mercedes-Benz concentrated on the engine and The engine range of the Coupé was completely converted to four-valve Two four-cylinder units with 2.0 and 2.2 displacement from the newly M 111 series replaced the two-valve-per-cylinder The new engines were distinguished by output and higher torque the entire engine speed all the same, they had lower consumption. The smaller engine 100 kW, the larger 110 kW. An increase in the volume of the converter reduced the pollutant With the introduction of the new engines the designations changed: the 230 CE became the 220 CE; the 200 CE model, which also got the engine, was able to retain its because the displacement was virtually

The six-cylinder models, the 300 CE and 300 CE-24, removed from the sales and replaced by the 320 CE. Its 3.2-litre four-valve which had been providing service in the S-Class for the previous years, was developed from the 3.0-litre four-valve unit of the M 104 and bore the same series but had changed dimensions for bore and All four- and six-cylinders now had the same – an advantage for more flexible, production. The rated output of 162 kW was the as that of the old four-valve unit, but it was at 5500 rpm and thus 900 rpm earlier; the torque was much higher and was shifted towards the lower speed range.

Apart the new engine range, the model included distinctly upgraded appointments for all models of the intermediate A driver airbag and electrically exterior mirrors on both were part of the standard from October 1992 on. locking and a five-speed transmission, were included in the basic of the Saloon and Estate at this had been standard equipment in the Coupés from the very of their production.

A discreetly radiator grille

In June all series 124 models were updated and adapted to the other series. The most striking of the modified vehicles was the radiator which was redesigned after the In this so-called integrated the much narrower chrome compared with the previous is harmoniously integrated into the and the Mercedes star sits on the as in the S-Class Saloons. The changes to the units could not escape the front direction indicators given colourless glass and the tail lights bichromatic which were coloured a white-grey in the area of the indicators and light. The yellow indicator at the front and the rear was produced by light bulbs. Changes were made to the wheels and the The steel disc wheels got new hub in a six-hole design, and the protective on the bumpers now were painted the of the other detachable parts. In the protective strip on the rear was extended to the wheel cut-outs.

the start of the sale of the redesigned in June 1993 a new nomenclature into effect also for the 124 In analogy to the S-Class and the new

202-series the intermediate class now was called the The model designations, too, now a modified system in which document that a car belongs to a class. The letter(s) were by a three-digit number which was based on engine displacement. The “E” used as suffix indicating an engine could be dropped carburettor engines now belonged to the Mercedes also dispensed codifying body variants coupé and estate with a “C” and “T” they were obvious Under the new nomenclature the two-doors now called the E 220 Coupé and E 320 Coupé; the plate, however, only the class to which the model and the engine displacement.

For the Coupé aficionado with ambitions, from September the E 36 AMG, a more powerful fitted with a 200 kW 3.6-litre engine from AMG, was The power plant was created at AMG the M 104 production engine with 3.2 displacement. Its bore was enlarged to 91 the stroke to

92.4 millimetres. feature: a four-speed automatic The wheels and brakes were to the higher power and the final ratio was lower (1:2.82). discreetly enlarged chassis the new flagship Coupé of the 124 series contrasted stylistically with its dynamic sister models. spoiler, side skirts and apron were painted the of the car and harmoniously integrated into the shape; the picture was rounded off by light-alloy wheels (diameter: centimetres) in AMG design.

To offer performance-minded customers a more priced entry-level model the sales range was extended in 1994 by the E 200 Coupé, which 100 kW and previously, since mid-1990, had been built for export to Greece and Portugal.

Production of the E-Class Coupés came to an end in 1996, nine years their debut at the Geneva Show. For Coupé lovers meant hard times the market launch of the successor was not planned until summer In all 141,498 units, or easily 40 more compared with the models, were produced in

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Mercedes-Benz E 220 CE C124
Mercedes-Benz E 220 CE C124
Mercedes-Benz E 220 CE C124

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