Mercedes-Benz has revealed that in 2017, its series 124 coupé will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. While this itself is a significant event, it will also mean that this model will now be eligible to carry Germany’s historic license plate, also known as the H plate.
It was back in March 1987 when the brand first unveiled the coupe version of the 124 model series during the Geneva Motor Show held in that same year. Though coupe versions have long been considered as classics by many enthusiasts, this particular model continues to be considered as such even long after it was originally shown.
In the brochure that was released way back in 1987, the Mercedes-Benz mid-sized 124 coupe was described as having an impressive combination of a vehicle that had exclusive form, made use of innovative technology, delivered excellent fuel economy, featured high safety, and of course, boasted a remarkable performance. It was a model, the brochure continued, that can be reliably driven on a daily basis but is also a competent vehicle for long journeys.
A distinct feature was the lines on the exterior as they not only exhibited its unusual style but also showed that the way it was designed was perfect. Even today those words still ring true. If anything, the change implemented made it better, especially with the qualities that made this one of the most sought-after models released by the brand.
When they were first released, the models were then called as the 230 CE and the 300 CE. Similar to what occurred in the past, this coupe had a lot to offer. One of the main qualities that it delivered was how this two-door model was designed. Though it did have a design that was unique and elegant, there were features that remained to make it related to the other models in the 124 range. It even had the characteristic rub strips that were integrated to the longitudinal door-sill panels.
Placed on the same level as the bumpers and in the middle of the wheel cutouts, it served as a visual link of the apron in the front and the one in the rear. Helping highlight this is the fact that they come in contrasting colors. This design element is the one that ensured that the 124 coupe was different from the other versions.
As expected, the coupe also had many of the technical details observed in the estate and the saloon. These include the highest level of standard when it comes to safety and the use of sophisticated suspension. It even had the emission control system that followed a closed loop and included a three-way catalytic converter.
For the 300 CE in particular, it had the anti-lock braking system as standard. Combined, these are all the qualities that made this coupe a model that was highly desirable. With the addition of being able to carry the H-plate, the status of the 124 coupe is raised even higher.