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a "1988 E320 Sport" is available for sale in my area. it is my understanding that the 320 (m104.992) was not available until model year '93. the seller advertises it as "the sport edition". could this be a gray market car? before i go look at it and make an offer, i'd like the opinion of this forum as to what this car really is. also it's been sitting for 5 years.

 

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Could be a 'Sportline'. Optional sports packet, incl. different trim, 'Sportline' badges, lower ET wheels, factory lowering, different dampers and IIRC different, more direct, steering box.
 

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i thought the sportline was only available on coupes, am i mistaken?
good idea about the vin, pdorion, i will see if the seller will give it to me.
 

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It's an 88 which means the prefix "E" wasn't used in the model designation.
AMG did a 3.2L variant of the M103-12V but by the pic this appears to have no AMG kitting...

Doesn't hurt to look...probably a 300E with the standard M103-12V...
There was no factory "sport' or "sportline' in 1988....

Take a pic of the engine..typical visual indication of an AMG 3.2 is the dual entry air cleaner housing with tubing to each headlight area...
 

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Yeah, I'm not sure I've ever seen a factory Sportline option offered on pre-facelift '90 MY cars.
 

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Rims and wing are not period correct nor Sportline or AMG related either.
 

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@ RBYCC & zeitgiest: thanks for confirming my suspicions. i didn't think the sportline predated MY '90.

@ elbiek: i also thought so.

thanks to the forum for all your input. my opinion is that the seller doesn't know what he has and this may even be a 190 16V. i will investigate, schedule permitting, and report my findings. thanks again to all.
 

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@ RBYCC & zeitgiest: thanks for confirming my suspicions. i didn't think the sportline predated MY '90.

@ elbiek: i also thought so.

thanks to the forum for all your input. my opinion is that the seller doesn't know what he has and this may even be a 190 16V. i will investigate, schedule permitting, and report my findings. thanks again to all.
It's not a W201 190E but a W124 300E...W201 had a detail on the C-pillar.
The wing looks like an early AMG style 1986-1987 pre ducktail but pic not clear enough for me to better discern...
 

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It is a seller self anointed "sport" model. No doubt due to the sporty add on's. To bad its missing "sport" port holes on the front fenders to finish it off.

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