Lot 373 - 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300E, Twin Turbo by Turbo Technics
|Estimate||£4,000 - £6,000|
The W124 300E may be an excellent motorcar but it is not one to turn heads. This is no ordinary Greek Taxi however; dig a little deeper and you will find a couple of little surprises, factory approved, to dilate the pupils. Forced induction is not as easy as it sounds; bolting on a couple of turbo chargers can not only render the engine prone to unannounced disassembly but will also affect your insurance premium, both to catastrophic effect.
Single turbo chargers are prone to lag, ok for track where you know where exactly you have to nail the throttle but around town, it's just a pain. Hughes of Beaconsfield, Mercedes-Benz specialists, installed two; which spool up far quicker delivering power on the apex and not after it. Both units are cooled by both oil and water for efficiency with exhausts exiting though the main tail pipes.
Other than the Sportline suspension, this example is largely standard, although make no mistake; it is a rare car with much thought gone into its preparation. "Never racy but roll-free and grippy", was the description in the September 2006 edition of Mercedes Enthusiast where it featured over five pages. The last owner understood these cars and loved them. If works or servicing were required, at any time, at any cost, that is what happened. Indeed at one point, the seats were looking a little past their prime so he had the entire car re-trimmed. Over £23,000 was spent during his tenure including a repaint, a top-end rebuild and much more besides. With an exclusive club of just 20 or 30 ever built, a full dealer history up to 145,000 miles and the build quality that comes as standard, this is surely the shoutiest wolf in sheep's clothing.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.