I just rode in a UK taxi, that was CLD model 250d (5 cylinder multivalve)w124 from India, according to the driver, new ones actually manufactered in 96/97 are still being sold and available as some dealers here in the UK.
He aslo stated that because of the poor conditions of the roads in India the ride height was increased slightly, and the springs are stiffer. Also they come with a thicker metal skid plate under the engine. Only manuals were available when he bought his.
He said new ones with delivery milage are around £19,000