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Mercedes-Benz 300 w124 Carat Duchatelet 1992

General description : Model History

W124 was the internal chassis designation for the 1984-1996 version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It was also the first generation to be officially referred to as the E-Class. The W124 models replaced the W123 models after 1984 and were succeeded by the W210 E-Class after 1995.

Much of the 124's engineering and many of its features were advanced automotive technology at its introduction, incorporating innovations that have since been adopted throughout the industry. It had one of the lowest drag coefficients of any vehicle of the time due to its aerodynamic body, that included plastic molding for the undercarriage to streamline airflow beneath the car, thus reducing fuel consumption and wind noise. It had a single windscreen wiper with an eccentric mechanism at its base that extended the wiper's reach to the top corners of the windscreen (more than if it had traveled in a simple arc). The saloon, coupes, and convertibles had optional rear headrests that would fold down remotely to improve rearward visibility when required. This feature was not available for the ‘T’ model because there was no space to store the retractable headrests.

With the exception of the 200, fuel injection was standard throughout the range along with other performance-maximising technologies. The most notable feature was the addition of an oxygen sensor in the exhaust system, which in conjunction with a semi-electronic fuel injection system, could make the engine run more efficiently. This improved fuel consumption while simultaneously meeting stricter emission regulations.

The first C124 models to see the light of day were the 230CE and 300CE, followed by other versions such as the 200CE, 220CE, and 320CE, along with a new “Sportline” package introduced in 1989 together with the facelift. Later that year the flagship 300CE-24 joined the lineup with its six-cylinder engine producing 217hp.

Founded by Frederic Duchatelet in 1968, the Belgian company "Carat by Duchatelet" specialised in the elegant modification of Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce motorcars. Duchatelet interiors were among the finest available in the 1980s and ‘90s, while exterior modifications were usually subtler than the ones from other coachbuilders of that time. Duchatelet had a good relationship with Mercedes-Benz who approved all of their conversions, including stretch-limousines.


Carat Duchatelet special options: Special alloy wheels (not fitted), Full body styling including Carat Duchatelet spoiler, Carat Duchatelet leather steering wheel, Carat Duchatelet dials, Walnut gearshift knob, Walnut dash and door inlays; Automatic transmission, Sports Chassis, Electrically adjustable driver’s seat, Electrically adjustable passenger door mirror, Electric tilt and slide sunroof, Cruise control, Air Conditioning, Front armrest, Folding rear headrests, Tailored overmats, Headlamp wash/wipe, Spare alloy wheels, Mercedes first aid kit, Mercedes tool roll, Warning triangle, Jack, Spare key, 300 CE-24 rear badge (not fitted).


This rare C124 Carat Duchatelet presents to an exceptionally high standard; it’s arrow-straight along both sides and completely free from any chips or major blemishes. The gleaming Almandine Red paint finish is second to none with a deep lustful shine, the only imperfections to note being a couple of small scrapes low down on front apron. All of the chrome and plastic trims are immaculate with no marks or sun damage, and the lights are crystal clear showing no signs of moisture ingress. This rare edition truly defies its age/mileage and would certainly make an excellent show car.


The cabin also presents beautifully, the leather retaining a soft matte finish free from wear to the bolsters and piping. All the door cards, plastic trims and dash are pristine, and the special Carat Duchatelet walnut inlays are perfect. The spotless carpets are fully protected with a nice set of piped overmats and the Carat Duchatelet steering wheel still appears fresh. All the controls have been checked and work as they should, the only non-standard item being a Pioneer head unit with Bluetooth capability. At the rear of the car the boot area is very clean with the spare wheel, warning triangle and jack all present and correct.


The engine compartment is very clean and completely free of any corrosion; even the sound deadening on the underside of the bonnet remains in excellent condition. The car has been given a clean bill of health after its inspection, and with 21 stamps in the service booklet it has clearly been well maintained throughout its life. The mechanics of the car remain factory standard aside from the addition of an Ulter stainless steel exhaust, which sounds great.


The Mercedes comes with two sets of alloys; the two-piece rims photographed are all in fantastic condition and are shod in nearly new tyres. Also available are the original Carat Duchatelet alloys in good condition but requiring tyres. The suspension has been upgraded recently with new shocks and springs that have lowered the ride height giving the car a more purposeful stance.

History File

The current owner has had the car for five years and there have only been four previous keepers. It has been maintained to an excellent standard with 15 main dealer Mercedes-Benz stamps and 6 specialist, all present in the original service booklet; the last service was carried out in March 2018 less than 1k miles ago. There is also a file full of invoices detailing every expenditure on the car right back to the late ‘90s along with every MOT certificate from 1998. The History File is complete with the original document pack, all owners’ manuals, a spare key, an original W124 brochure, and a Carat Duchatelet sales brochure.

1992 Mercedes-Benz 300 w124 Carat Duchatelet is listed sold on ClassicDigest in Kingsley by 4 Star Classics for £9995.


Car Facts

Car type : Car Make : Mercedes-Benz Model : 300 w124 Model Version : Carat Duchatelet Engine size : 3.0 Model Year : 1992 Sub type : Sedan Location : Hampshire


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In 1886 Karl Benz built Benz Patent Motorwagen widely regarded as the first automobile. Little did he know this was to be the beginning of the world's most renown premium car manufacturer. -Mind you the venture was financed by his wife Bertha Benz.

Not too far Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft founded by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, started marketing their car in 1901 using now famous name:  Mercedes (Spanish for godsend), which was chosen after their distributor Emil Jellinek's daughter.

To make a long story short, Daimler merged in 1926 with Benz & Cie., becoming Daimler-Benz and adopting Mercedes-Benz as its automobile trademark

Although deemed by some conservative the truth is actually quite the opposite, Daimler-Benz history is filled with 'firsts': Honeycomb radiator, float carburetor,   four wheel brakes 1924, (although Duesenburg Model A was reported to be sporting them as early as 1922), first diesel powered passenger car in 1936, the Mercedes-Benz 260 D,  first direct fuel injection in the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (well not really as tiny 2-stroke Gutbrod actually had the first direct fuel injection) )  front and rear crumple zones ie. safety cell by Béla Barényi patented in 1951 and introduced in “Ponton”-models , Anti-Lock Brake system (ABS) was first offered on the W116 450SEL 6.9, first production airbags...and the list goes on.

During its 100+ years Mercedes has produced more than a fair share of iconic cars; SSKL , 710 SSK Trossi Roadster, 770K Grosser, 540K Spezial Roadster, 300SL Gullwing, w100 600 Pullman, w111 280SE 3.5 Flachkühler, w113 230SL Pagoda, w109 300 SEL 6.3, w201 2.3-16 Cosworth to name just a few.

One should not forget the famous Silver Arrows (Silberpfeile) either: W 25, W 125, w154, w165, w196 all of which were more than capable of trashing their opponents on the track.