The Ockhuisen Collection:

Mercedes-Benz cars from the eighties

201 series compact-class saloons, 1982 - 1993

The public and the press were looking towards December 8, 1982 with great expectations, when the compact-class saloons Type 190 and 190 E were presented. These models did not replace previous types, but completed the traditional Mercedes-Benz passenger car program by a third main line. The new range of models was characterised by more compact measures, reduced weight and increased economy without making any compromises as to handling performance, safety and reliability.

201 series compact-class saloons, 1988 - 1993

In September 1988, the face-lifted compact class range was shown at the Paris Motor Show, six months after the 1,000,000th car of the 201 series had been produced in Bremen. The main aspects of the facelift were styling alterations to the body and the redesign of the interior. The most noticeable distinctive feature of the face-lifted models were the side protection bars with integrated longitudinal sill trims, which had been introduced with the coupés of the 124 series in similar form.

Baureihe W201 (1982-1993)

When Mercedes-Benz formulated the idea to produce models that would appeal to a younger audience the 190 series was introduced.  For a long time there were doubts whether this model would tarnish the Mercedes reputation, as the 190 at that time was a small vehicle in terms of Mercedes-Benz. It was therefore also known as the ‘baby-Benz’.

May 2018, this 190 D 2.5 TURBO  makes the Ockhuisen 190 Collection complete.

Evolution I model


Baureihe W124 (1984-1995) Type 200-300-serie

Production years  Mk I: 1984-1989
Mk II: 1989-1992

The E-Class

In 1993 the naming convention E-Class was used for the first time. Prior to this the model was known as the Mercedes-Benz W124

MK III: 1993-1995

Total produced 2.583.470

W123 series 1975-1985

The production of 123 series saloons ended in November 1985, about a year after its successor, the 124 series, had gone into production. Almost 2.7 million cars of all body versions were built in ten years, of which 2,375,440 were saloons, 13,700 were saloons (with longer wheelbase) and 8,373 were chassis for special bodies.
W126 second generation

W126 series S-Class, second generation 1985 - 1992

September 1985, again at the Frankfurt show, a completely revised S-Class range was introduced. In addition to a subtle facelift, which mainly altered the appearance of the bumpers, side skirts and wheels, the emphasis was on a restructured engine line-up.

W126 series S-Class Saloons, 1985 - 1992

Two newly-designed six-cylinder units, which had been premiered nine months earlier in the mid-range W 124 series, now replaced the trusty 2.8-litre M 110 DOHC engine. In the place of the carburettor version came a 2.6-litre direct injection unit, while the 3.0-litre unit – which had been developed in parallel – succeeded the injection variant of the M 110. Another new addition was the 4.2-litre V8 engine, a rebored version of the old 3.8-litre unit which it now replaced in the S-Class saloon, SEC coupé and SL. The 5.0-litre engine was also modified. Now equipped with an electronic ignition system and the electro-mechanically controlled KE Jetronic injection system from Bosch, it delivered 245 hp.

The most spectacular innovation in the engine range was a 5.6-litre eight-cylinder unit, which was developed by lengthening the stroke of the 5.0-litre V8 and which unleashed an output of 272 hp. If required, an even more highly compressed version was also available that delivered a mighty 300 hp, although it was not possible to combine this unit with a closed-loop emission control system. But even without a catalytic converter this ‘ECE version’ met the emissions standards stipulated by the Economic Commission for Europe. The models fitted with this engine variant – the 560 SEL and 560 SEC – were, in their day, the most powerful Mercedes-Benz production cars ever built.

W126 series S-Class Saloons, 1985 - 1992

As was expected, the running gear of the facelifted models displayed no fundamental modifications. Nevertheless, a few details of the rear axle design were modified in order to improve ride comfort and reduce engine noise. In addition, all models in the 126 series were now fitted with 15-inch wheels and larger brakes to match. The design of the optional alloy wheels – these were standard equipment only on the 560 SEL and 560 SEC – had been updated to match those of the compact-class and mid-range model series.
R107 second generation

107 series SL-Class Roadsters, 1985 - 1989

Four years after the presentation of the energy concept the SL models were again thoroughly modernised and presented at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September 1985. There were minor external changes, improved front wheel suspension and above all, a new range of engines.

A new 3-liter six-cylinder engine, which had been introduced in the medium sized W 124 series nine months before, replaced the proven 2.8-liter dohc-engine, as in the S-Class. A 4.2-liter V8-engine was also new and replaced the 3.8 not only in the SL, but also in the S-Class saloons and in the SEC coupés. The 5-liter engine was also modified; it now had electronic ignition and Bosch KE-Jetronic with electronical-mechanical injection control and developed an output of 245 hp.

The most spectacular addition to the engine range was a 5.6-liter V8 with 272 hp, which was obtained by giving the 5-liter a longer stroke. For the domestic market, the 5.6 was not used in the SL, however, but only in the S-Class saloons and coupés. The 560 SL was only exported to the USA, Australia and Japan, but as a detuned version with a catalytic converter and only 230 hp because of the emissions regulations in these countries.

The production of the 300 SL – 560 SL ended in August 1989, more than 18 years after the first 350 SL was built. The 107 SL series thus set a record for Mercedes-Benz that is unlikely to be broken: no other Mercedes-Benz model series was produced for such a long period. A total of 237,287 of these cars came out of the Sindelfingen plant, a figure that demonstrates just how popular the 107 series was.

Its successor is the 129 SL series with three models, which was presented to the public in March 1989.

The R129 Roadster.

The R129 Roadster was produced from 1989 to 2001. In total, there are about 213,000 made.