• mercedes sold its w124 mid-size sedan in the united states during the 1986–1995 model years.
• this final-year w124 is a canada-spec e320 and is offered without a reserve.
• bidding ends on march 14. as of march 9, it's only at $6320.
sure, this rather plain 1995 mercedes-benz e320 is not the flashiest or rarest machine currently up for auction on bring a trailer, but it still strikes a chord in the hearts of those nostalgic for the w124-era of mercedes-benz mid-size sedans. the porsche-tuned, v-8–powered 500e or the amg hammer are arguably among the most exciting of the w124's variants to emerge throughout the sedan's decade-long run, but these models' inherent rarity makes them all but unaffordable to the average enthusiast these days.
that's part of what makes this e320 so charming—its relative affordability. of course, we won't know what this azure blue benz sells for until the auction closes next week. that said, this e320’s prior turn on bring a trailer in may 2020 saw it trade hands for $10,270.
even if it sells for 50 percent more this time around, this mercedes still falls firmly in the affordable camp for classic-car sales. (don't worry, we are fully aware that $15,135 is by no means chump change outside the microscopic lens of classic-car sales.)
plus, with around 69,000 miles on its odometer, this old e320 still has plenty of life left in it. excuse our jingoism. we meant to write "around 111,000 kilometers on its odometer," as this e320 comes from canada, america's metric-system-using neighbor to the north.
despite starting its life in cold and snowy british columbia, this final-year w124 appears to have lived a pampered life, with no noticeable signs of rust on its metal bits. how aboot that?
still, there are some flaws to this machine, including a noticeable crack in its left taillight lens and a chip in the car's windshield. reasonably easy fixes in the grand scheme of things.
maybe it's our nostalgia for—or our desire to cosplay as a midlevel canadian executive from—the mid-'90s, but we cannot help but adore the 1994–1995 e-class sedan, a vehicle that helped usher in the alphanumeric naming scheme the german automaker still uses today (previously w124s bore the name 300e). with its 217-hp 3.2-liter i-6, comfort-oriented ride, and square and stately styling, this e320 marks the end of one era of mercedes models while also alluding to the coming of a new one.
the fact this low-mileage e320's exterior and interior condition look nearly new, too, only betters its position as a potentially affordable way for the eventual high bidder to dip their toe into the world of classic car ownership.