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300CE vs 300CE W124

What is the difference between these two models?
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Just the description. All 300CEs would be 124 chassis - 1988-93. Model years would be helpful in distinguishing the cars.
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There was a diesel 300CD W123.

There was a 300CE-24 which was the model name used I think one year only to describe the first of these models fitted with the M104 engine. M103 = 12 valves, M104 = 24 valves. Pretty much after this first designation the car became E320.

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300CE-24 was the Euro name for the early 104 motor, which was simply the 300CE in the U.S. from 1990 to 1992, except for the people who bought a "300CE-24" badge on eBay and glued it on their trunklid.
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If you look at the build documents for your North American 24-valve M104 equipped 300CE you will see it is officially known as a 300CE-24. In Europe the W124 coupe was also available with the 12-valve M103 engine so adding the 24 was the way to distinguish which engine it had. Since all North American, specifically US, market coupes had the M104 engine there was no need for the 24 in the model designation for marketing purposes. The W123 also had a gasoline powered coupe known as the 280CE.

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