1995 Mercedes E320 Sportline – Low mileage, low owners with great condition & history
Registration: M906 UKE
MOT: June 2023
*Rare Genuine Sportline – confirmed with the 653 code on slam panel plate
*Only 2 Former Keepers
*Merc Service History
Mercedes-Benz has a justifiable reputation for building high-quality and desirable convertibles. Those based on the E Series offered open-air motoring for four in a roomy, comfortable cabin. And when the roof was closed, the car gave away little to the steel roofed versions. As well as the usual high levels of comfort and equipment, the Sportline cabin boasted added walnut burr trim and a part-wood steering wheel.
The model also offered a more ‘handling-oriented’ suspension package including stiffer springs, uprated anti-roll bars, heavier duty bushes and an overall lower ride height. The cars sported 15-inch eight hole alloy wheels as standard.
The E320’s cabin has been well looked-after; the all-black leather interior retains a deep muted shine. The hides remain in excellent condition with generally only a gentle patina and light creasing on the broad touring seats. Bolsters and cushions are firm, well defined and retain all of their shape with the edge of the centre arm rest showing a little wear. A very nice feature of the cabin is the burr walnut trim; its lacquer retains a deep gloss, and its nicely figured grain looks rich and vivid against the black – even more so in the sun with the roof down. This goes for the wood sections of the steering wheel too.
All the controls set in the dash and centre console are nicely mounted, clean and with no signs of fade or cracking & the radio is the original unit. Carpets are stain-free and clean, and the mats have straight, nicely bound edges and show no holes or stains with the rubber seals around the cabin in good order.
UNDER THE BONNET
Although a little weathered, the engine bay looks to be in good order, showing no signs of leaks or corrosion on or around the straight six. Ducts, hoses and the heavy-duty plastics used in shrouds and casings look a very healthy shade of black, with no signs of cracks or heat damage.
Suspension towers look strong and paint and metal around the engine bay appear good. The rubber seals around the engine bay remain supple and intact. The thick under-bonnet insulation also looks very tidy.
The underside appears to be very solid with no apparent signs of rust or collision damage. Everything looks very solid/robust & there appears to be a good degree of undersealing intact.
Finished in Spruce Green metallic, this full-four-seater cabriolet retains all of its sleek lines and taut, low-slung profile. Remember, this is a true Sportline (not just rebadged) so it rides that little bit lower. The finish remains generally excellent across the whole of the car with a deep gloss all over, and is set off nicely by the contrasting black hood. The black roof is in largely very good order; robust and quite presentable. There are a couple of small areas of wear to the material on the nearside rear buttress. A completely new mohair hood is also supplied with the car, but the new owner has the option of keeping the original as well.
The folding roof mechanism is clean and operates smoothly and quietly, fitting snugly to the windscreen when raised and folding neatly under its hard tonneau when lowered.
There are very few imperfections to speak of, a couple of very small chips to the odd edge, and a small bubble under the paint in front of front offside wheel. Shut lines and panel gaps are consistently narrow, and the colour-coded bumpers fit flush to the bodywork, maintaining the overall smoothness of the contours and maintaining the integrity of the shape.
The chrome tops to the bumpers retain a deep shine with no sighs of pitting and the chrome accents to the lower side panels are very tidy. If you look very closely, there are a couple of very small dents, but nothing that impairs the overall impression of this very classy convertible.
The eight-hole alloy wheels are in good shape and sitting on a good set of tyres.
The E320 Sportline Cabriolet remains a swift and sophisticated cruiser combining qualities and features that are hard to buy at any price these days. With the top up it is virtually a coupe, such is the roof’s level of protection from the world. And of course, top down, it has that added dimension of allowing more of your friends & family to enjoy the journey.
This is a beautiful example, an honest two-owner car that retains all of the qualities and class it left the factory with. Moreover, examples with this low mileage do not come up often.
Low mileage/owner examples of these genuine SportLine are becoming increasingly rare and as a result the values continue to increase, as well as being a wonderful car to own & use we predict these will continue to appreciate in value.