How come the 1982 Mercedes-Benz 190E was W-201 and the 1984 200E cars were coded W-124?
We see in this quite small car the effect of the well-evolved centre console. The ashtray is situated in an undercut of the fascia and it’s a decent sized ashtray too. The ashtray is a chromed metal item, with a cigarette lighter built into the drawer. Under that is a cubby for bit and bobs.
Like the famed 1983 3-series, this car put the frighteners on Ford and Opel and others. It’s is not hard to imagine the Cortina and Rekord owner pulling on the ashtray and noting the slight give in the surface of the high-quality soft-touch plastic. Then they note the well-oiled action of the drawer compared to the zincy abrasion of their own car. And once fully open they see the shiny reflections on the steel tray. This, they say, is what S-class owners experience every day. None of it is very complex: the feature count is the same as a Cortina but the execution is impeccable. Every thing is so goddam heavy and solid, even the blasted ashtray.