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Do you know what a 124 is? Ever hear of a 140? These are internal Mercedes-Benz terms for the 86-95 E-Class and 92-99 S-Class chassis’ respectively. Typically Mercedes-Benz will roll out a new chassis with a variety of engines, and for convenience’ sake it is easier to refer to the chassis designations than to all the different models. Below is a list of typical chassis designations, the “public” names for the cars and the years they were produced. This list is by no means comprehensive and may not include gray-market cars brought over from Europe.

W124
E-Class
The successor to the 123 and also a top seller. More refined than the 123, with higher torsional rigidity and a lower coefficient of drag. All around one of the best chassis’ ever made by anyone in the world. Examples: 260E, 86-93 300E, 87 300D, 94-95 E320 and E420, 92-93 400E, and 92 500E

W201
E-Class
Also known as the 190 class. Many of the ideas pioneered in the 1984 190 were transferred to the E-Class in 86. Main problem is lack of rear legroom and early models were problematic. Examples: 84-94 190E and 190D, 190E 2.3- 16, 190E 2.6

W202
C-Class
The C-Class as successor to the 190E. Improved rear legroom but still limited. An excellent car as a first Mercedes-Benz. Examples: 94-97 C220, 94- Present C280, 98-Present C230

W203
C-Class
An excellent car as a first Mercedes-Benz. Examples: 2003 C220, C280, C230
Available in coupe or sedan.

W210
E-Class
The successor to the 124. Especially known for the bold, round headlights. Key change is rack and pinion steering instead of the old recirculating ball type. Again a definite world-class chassis. New V-6 engine introduced in 1998. Examples: 96-Present E320, E420, E55 AMG, 320 Estate, and E300D

W211
E-Class
The successor to the 210. Especially known for the bold, round headlights. Again a definite world-class chassis. Examples: 2003 E320, E420, E55 AMG

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