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A tiny workshop on a side street in Kawasaki, Japan, sources and restores the increasingly desirable Mercedes W124 wagon and sedans. By Car Paul.

Remember when Mercedes-Benz were simple honest beasts, built like tanks and lasted forever? Remember too when Bruno Sacco styled them into imposing but elegant, angular automotive sculptures?

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That, car lover, was the late 1980s to early 1990s when Daimler-Benz (at it was then) gave us the the last of the old school Mercedes line – the R129, the W201, W140 and of course the mighty W124. Not an SUV in sight (the G-Wagen is not an SUV!).

There are enough of these still running worldwide and available at reasonable prices. Some like the R129 are starting to creep up entering modern classic status. (I know this because I bought one).

But, there is something about the W124 that makes it desirable. Functionality combined with understated style, safety and reliability. It’s just cool – in a way that, for example, a McLaren P1 is not. That’s right, a W124 is way cooler than a McLaren.

And now if you have the cash (up to $60k), can import from Japan you can get a rebuilt W124.

Arrows is a small garage on a side street in the city of Kawasaki. It’s now taking old W124 sedans and wagons and rebuilding them to an extraordinary standard.

They can fix the dash, rebuild all the mechanical bits, redo the upholstery with a splendid tartan pattern and put the right hubcaps on.

You can even specify German Taxi cream as a colour option if you want to fulfil some Berlin Airport fantasy. And, they look fantastic as the gallery below shows.

Arrows Japan
3-7-14 Hiro, Miyamae-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
9:00 to 19:00 (weekdays) / 10:00 to 20:00 (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) Closed Mondays
044-976-6155 or arrowsjapan@gmail.com.

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