If you don't love an old school Benz, this 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 wagon is about to change your mind. Arman Mariano of Southern California is a Mercedes diehard, having worked as a Mercedes tech for seven years, he's sat behind a desk at corporate Mercedes-Benz USA for the last 14 years. He's owned his fair share of Mercedes project cars which include a bagged 1972 250 and a legit 190E 16V Cosworth, but his latest W124 project of five years is what's really creating a stir in the community today.
What's extremely cool about Arman's wagon is its simplicity. You won't find a body kit, engine upgrades or custom interior. It's virtually bone stock—and not in a bad way. The old 3.2-liter straight-six was rebuilt with a new harness to ensure it runs smoothly, just like it did in 1995. The interior is so well maintained that it would be a travesty to throw in anything aftermarket (even has the backwards facing third row seat). The only modifications lie within the suspension and wheels.
Air suspension posed the biggest challenge as there was no off-the-shelf kit for the E-Class wagon. Arman sourced an Air Lift Performance 3P system but needed new brackets, shocks and lower control arms to make it all work properly. For that, he had custom ones made while he also added camber kits from Silver Project, then cleverly hid the tank and compressor in the trunk panels.
Next came trying to decide on the right wheel and luckily Arman knows a thing or two about style. He decided to keep his shoes period correct with the timeless BBS RS. Interestingly, these particular RS wheels came from an old Corvette and had to be redrilled to Mercedes' 5x112 bolt pattern in order to fit. The faces were freshly powdercoated while new barrels converted the 16-inch wheels to 17-inch with polished slant lips.
To trip folks out, he installed Turbo fans on the passenger side of the wagon. Designed for older Porsche racecars to help cool the brakes and improve aerodynamics, the Turbo fans are all-show on Arman's ride, but strangely look at home and pretty badass.
To finish the build, the whole exterior was resprayed using OEM black paint with double PPG clear coat for extra shine... and that's all she wrote! Arman's Mercedes is so clean yet so uncomplicated, it's hard not to have a soft spot for his W124 Estate, even if it is "just" suspension and wheels.
FEATURED IN THE 2020 CALENDAR WITH TOYO TIRES
In case Arman's wagon rings a bell, it was featured in our Toyo Tires calendar with Jadelyn Breier earlier this year.