History of 1980s'/90s' Saloons, Coupés and Estates
Mercedes announced the W126 series in late 1979 as a 1980model and it replaced the W116 series. The cars featured improved aerodynamics, redesigned engine blocks and a whole lot of new features. These cars were manufactured from 1979 until 1991 with a mid-cycle update.
Mercedes introduced their 1971 patented driver side airbag in 1981 and passenger side airbags later in 1988 in their W126 line of cars. The cars also came with seatbelt pre-tensioners and traction control.
The E-Class made its appearance for the first time with the facelifted W124 series in 1993. All the sedans/saloons were named as E230, E300 and so on instead of the old naming style of 230E, 300E and so on.
Mercedes also offered customers with varieties of the W124 series of vehicles such as the:
• Saloon (W124)
• Coupé (C124)
• Convertible (A124)
• Estate (S124)
From 1991 to early 1995, Mercedes also offered a limited sports edition of the W124 sedan. This was created and assembled with help from Porsche and was called the 500 E (E 500).