Ashtrays: 2002 Mercedes E-Class Rear Ashtray

Those were the days! 2002 and people still smoked in the back of their cars. This is how Mercedes catered to the self-medicating nicotine user.

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There is a lot of work involved in designing and engineering one of these. Even by 2002 this was here not because anyone expected them to be used much but because it was expected, a nicety, a sign someone cared. I must report that the action of this example was not very finely damped. It sprang out with undue haste.

The Lancia Thesis has a much nicer ashtray based on a similar concept of the horizontal hinge. I don’t think this ashtray is illuminated but if anyone knows, please contact me. I think it could be bigger as well. Just saying.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

3 thoughts on “Ashtrays: 2002 Mercedes E-Class Rear Ashtray”

  1. Having driven an E240 W211 for a week over a decade ago, I can report that the car in general felt very plasticky. An E39 BMW Five felt infinitely more substantial in comparison.

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