The Mercedes 300CE Is the Ultimate '90s GT Drop-Top

The perfect blend of style, comfort, and speed.

The R129-generation Mercedes-Benz SL might be the company's definitive '90s convertible, but it wasn't the only one it built at the time. There was also this car, the 300CE. Introduced in 1993 as a more luxury-oriented drop-top with four seats, it was arguably the better of the two cars.

Motorweek got a chance to go on the original press drive for the car in Germany back in '93, giving us a good look at what made the car so well-rounded. A longer wheelbase and a totally re-engineered suspension meant it was supremely nice to drive, while the 217-horsepower 3.2-liter inline-six from the S-Class of the time was adequately powerful. Best of all, the back seats were actually useable for adults, meaning you didn't have to compromise on headcount for weekend trips.

Of course, the 300CE wasn't as quick as the SL, nor did it handle as well. But in terms of overall packaging, it's hard to overlook the drop-top E-Class. Especially when they can now be found for under $20,000 on the used market.

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