This 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300CE is a Sportline example that was first registered in Tennessee with later registration in Illinois and now Ohio where the car remains. Finished in Black Pearl Metallic (199) over Gray Leather (268), this C124 is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six driving the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Recent service includes an oil and filter change, new brake pads and rotors and new wiper blades. Features of the ultra-desirable Sportline package consists of a factory sport-tuned suspension, quick ratio steering, a smaller diameter leather wrapped sport steering wheel, fender badges and Sportline shift knob. This C124 now shows 138k miles from new and is offered for sale by the current owner with original manufacturer’s literature, the original window sticker, a clean Carfax and a clean Ohio title.
The exterior of this pillarless coupe is finished in Black Pearl Metallic (199) with Gray (68) lower cladding and black bumper trim. Sportline badges are found on the front fenders distinguishing it from the standard 300CE model. Exterior features consist of a headlight wiper/washer system, fog lights front and rear, chrome accents and a power tilt/slide sunroof. The exterior is in good condition with no rust present on the body and only minor paint imperfections which are documented in the photo gallery below.
Wider 15” Sportline 8-hole alloy wheels are fitted from the factory and wear Yokohama all-season tires measuring 205/60 on all four corners. A full-sized spare mounted with a Michelin MVX tire is stored below the trunk floor along with the factory jack. The Sportline package includes sport-tuned suspension with a lower ride height featuring stiffer shocks and springs as well as larger anti-roll bars. Recent service includes new brake pads and rotors.
The cabin is trimmed in Gray Leather (268) and features a Burl Walnut wood trim along the center console, dashboard and door panels. Both front seats are power adjustable along with a power adjustable steering column. Interior amenities include folding rear headrests, automatic climate control, an aftermarket Blaupunkt head unit, central locking, cruise control and a heated rear window. While the driver side seat shows a tear on the seat bolster, the seller has included a brand new set of correct, front seat covers for both driver and passenger sides as well as headrests and armrests. The seller notes that the A/C works extremely well and the blower motor was replaced under previous ownership.
The smaller diameter, Sportline leather-wrapped steering wheel fronts a 160-mph speedometer and 7k-rpm tachometer along with an analog clock, fuel level and economy gauges, coolant temperature and oil pressure indicators. The six-digit odometer currently reads 138,710 miles with 3k miles being added by the current owner.
The 3.0-liter M104 inline-six engine is factory rated at 217 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque which is sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. The seller reports the engine has received a full synthetic oil change within the last 200 miles.
Service from the previous owner includes a new distributor, rotor, wires and plugs, a new head gasket, radiator hose and overflow tank, along with new fuel pumps with tank strainer and filter, multiple rubber fuel lines, a new fuel distributor and a new Blower motor. The seller reports that the outside temperature indicator as well as the cruise control are currently not functional, however, replacement parts for both systems will be included with the sale. The seller has also included wood trim for the center console showing no cracks, a spare ashtray and a front corner light. Service history dating back to 1994 is included with the car.
The Carfax shows linear mileage updates from new and shows no accidents or damage reports. This 300CE Sportline is now offered for sale with original manufacturer’s literature, the original window sticker, spare tire, jack and a clean Ohio title.
A startup, driving and interior operation video is viewable below.
While AMG-line packages seem to appear on every new Mercedes-Benz model, back in the early 1990’s, if you wanted a sporty Benz, you had to get a Sportline. More than just badges, this package offered legitimate sport handling to the C124 through the use of stiffer springs and dampers with a lower ride height, stiffer anti-roll bars, and a quicker steering ratio. Visual cues are minimal and only noticed by the most serious of enthusiasts, consisting of Sportline badges on the fenders, wider 8-hole alloy wheels, a smaller sport steering wheel and a Sportline leather-wrapped shift knob. Given the average owner of the E-Class in the early 90’s, it’s no surprise that the Sportline package was not a common choice, and finding one today, especially in good condition, is increasingly difficult. These cars are still somewhat under the radar and offer a great value proposition for the enthusiast looking for something a bit more unique.
Get the best of The MB Market directly in your inbox every day. Subscribe for a curated list of our top market listings and articles!