$3K Service Done: 1993 Mercedes 300 CE Cabriolet – SOLD!

Jan 2022 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Topless Thursday

February 2, 2022 Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Four-passenger convertibles are more of a novelty than you might think, as most of the popular drop-top models only have accommodations for two passengers and their luggage. Among the small class of true four-seater convertibles is the Saab 900 and the E36-chassis BMW, but we shouldn’t forget about the gorgeous Mercedes-Benz W124. This 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE Cabriolet was originally listed in January 2022 on Craigslist in Naples, Florida with $3,000 in recent maintenance completed for $13,900. Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his 300CE priced quite fairly, with an “Excellent” condition model valued at $33,500 and a “Good” condition model pegged at $15,100.

We really don’t tire of seeing clean W124s turn up for sale. There comes a time in every car enthusiast’s life when they simply want a vehicle that checks all of the boxes while remaining at least slightly reliable. The W124 chassis E-Class fits this description to a T, offering timeless style, a reliable and torquey inline-six powerplant, and an extensive domestic parts supply network. These cars were so popular and durable that you still find them turning up in the local self-service junkyard, one of the best indicators there is in terms of vehicle longevity. The convertible model represented one of the few times a soft-top adaptation was at least as attractive as its hard-top counterpart, and the W124 drop-top remains quite stunning to this very day.

The MotorWeek RetroReview Channel provides this vintage 1993 review of the Mercedes-Benz 300CE Cabriolet:

The seller’s car has racked up a respectable 128,000 miles, but that’s not all that impressive on a W124 that is known for eclipsing 300,000 without too much effort. The navy blue paint is in excellent condition and the palomino leather interior looks even better. The seller doesn’t detail what his $3,000 invoice included, but he does highlight new tires and bamboo floor mats among the recent improvements. The navy blue top appears to be in excellent condition and works well to blend the top into the body when it’s in the “up” position. I could do without the chrome wheels and U.S.-spec headlights, but those are easy fixes to address with a set of silver AMG monoblock wheels and Bosch European headlights with H4 bulbs. If the seller’s claims of no leaks and excellent drivability are true, this looks like a smart deal for a clean W124 convertible.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1993 Mercedes 300 CE Cabriolet 6 cylinder, automatic, midnight blue / creme power leather seats, navy blue canvas power top, stereo, CD, Bluetooth, upgraded sound system, 16 inch chrome wheels, full power, ice cold A/C, alarm, cruise, burl wood trim, 2nd owner, clean title, 128K miles, new bamboo floor mats brand new tires and battery, major $3K service completed on 9/17/ 2021, garage kept, drives perfect, no leaks. This is already a classic, climbing drastically in value. Handsome color combination and a true 4 passenger convertible. The in-line straight six cylinder is the best engine Mercedes ever produced. This is a very limited production car and was discontinued after 3 years. First to see and drive will buy this car.

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