In September 1991 Mercedes-Benz announced the A124 Cabriolet. Production
began in 1992, but here in Australia we didn't see our first deliveries
until March 1993 when the 320CE coupe and Cabriolet were released. The
cabriolet development was based on the Coupé, and in terms of
mechanical components the Cabriolets were identical with their four-door
After a great investment of engineering know-how, the two-door was
prepared for its role as an open-topped car - adequate stiffening of the
body alone required the redesign of 1000 parts adding 130 kilograms of
additional sheet metal to compensate for the 28 kilograms lost from the
The fully retractable roof which weighs 43 kilograms and has 27 linkage
parts and 34 joints, occupies a mere 80 litres of space. The
electrohydraulic actuation system for the top using ten valves and twelve
electric limit switches controlled the perfect sequence of three
swiveling movements to open and close the roof.
It is thought that around 300 examples of the A124 were delivered new
here in Australia. This register was suggested by Andy Wittmann a keen
member of the MBCV.
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