Car Show Outtakes: 1986 Mercedes-Benz W124 and W201 – Both With Go Fast Cladding

Moderately powered family sedans with an optical tuning package, That ’80s Show. I had almost forgotten about them, until I caught this duo last year.

Mercedes-Benz models from that decade seemed to be prone to get the full treatment. The all-around body kits of this well-preserved Stuttgarter couple aren’t ridiculously over the top though, the fit and finish is good and the colors are matching. Furthermore, neither of them is powered by a naturally aspirated diesel.

Here’s the 1986 W201, under its hood the 2.0 liter inline-4 gasoline engine, good for 90 (factory) DIN-hp.

The W201, marketed as the 190-series, was introduced in 1982 as a direct BMW 3-series competitor. It’s often referred to as the Baby Benz. From 1982 to 1993, almost 1.9 million of them were built, making it a highly successful Mercedes-Benz model.

From the same year and one more step up the car segmentation-ladder, a W124, the E-Class. This one is also powered by the automaker’s 2.0 liter gasoline engine, yet with 105 DIN-hp.

Overall, all things taken into consideration et cetera, the W124 was the world’s best car of its era. Pretty much all automakers around the globe offered an executive/E-segment car back then, but none of them could touch this. A whopping 2.6 million units of the Mercedes-Benz Baureihe 124 left the factory during its production run from 1984 to 1997.

Meanwhile, aftermarket body kits have gone extinct on anything bigger than C-segment/compact hatchbacks. At least where I live, I must add. Please feel free to elaborate on your local tuning scene and car subcultures, certainly when it involves the unusual suspects. You know, like executive sedans.