The E-Class name first appeared in with the facelifted W124 in 1993. The diesel versions continued to be the fuel economy option over the four and six-cylinder and V8 petrol engines. In 1992, Mercedes increased petrol engine power outputs further. The V8 powered saloons were named and E 420/E 500 after 1993. Likewise, the 3.0-litre cars, for example 300 E. The W124 is built on a mid-sized vehicle platform. Due to the high cost of German engineering and build quality, the W124 was designed to last many miles, with awards actually given and worn by high mileage versions.
Offered from the estate of a significant private collector of many cars, motorcycles and military vehicles, we understand this rare limousine version of the W124 was used as executive transport for the oil and gas provider Tamoil, and in addition for Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi when visiting Italy. Libya’s Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was Africa’s and the Arab world’s longest-ruling, most erratic, most grimly fascinating leader – presiding for 42 years over this desert republic with vast oil reserves and just 6 million people.
Finished in navy blue with a grey velour interior, this exceptional example shows a mere 9,000 kilometres from new, and has clearly been preserved extremely. This is a unique example with a fascinating history – if only we could hear the conversations entered into whilst relaxing in those comfortable rear seats?