Credit Where it's Due

Is this 1994? Is this 2014? Exactly. (Photo: MB Archives)

Flaws are easy to point out, so this thread is dedicated to some of the details that I like about the A124 Cabriolet and about mine in particular. I'll be pointing out design details and some of the car's originality that attracted me to it.

I've always liked the large glass eyes of the 94-95 124 series. Traditionally, European Mercedes always had larger, glassier headlights than their US-bound counterparts, but that changed with the E-Class in 1994. Plus because the lens is glass, it doesn't cloud over with time like a W210 headlight.
Another shot of the 94-95 124-series facelift. Even after 18 years, the nose on this example shows no significant road rash, even on the front bumper.
Even without detailing, the engine bay is tidy and still has original details throughout such as original data plate, decals, hose clamps, reservoir caps, etc. Someone has been conscientious about maintaining this motor. 
I'm never cared for cars with pinstripes, but I do like how these stripes accentuate the curve of the quarter panel as it tapers slightly towards the tail panel. Without this pinstripe, you might not notice this curve.
I love the fact that this car is a true 4-passenger cabriolet. Not too many choices when you look at it this way. (Photo: DBAG)
The 8-slot alloy wheels are a handsome detail, particularly with the machine stainless-like finish. It's not quite "bling," but it's awfully close for this traditionally understated brand. Keep in mind this was not a new wheel design in 1994, so this finish updated the overall look without changing the wheels, which would have been the expected move by most manufacturers.

Nothing makes a dark convertible look more special than putting it next to a whole bunch of light-colored everyday cars. Here we are lining up for the Long Island ferry outside New London, CT.