Chris: I don't know what mods were on the Africa package - I have seen a pic of a South African w124 and one from India. Each of them seemed to sit pretty high off the ground, with visibly more body/wheel clearance. I suspect different springs, sway bars, shocks - in short, a sport line package (at least) worth of parts and cost. I have also heard forum members refer to items like steel belly plates on these cars. Go to the page http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Speedway/5350/mbcodes.htm
for a list of all the part codes on various taxis, police cars, smi or completely knocked down SKD/CKD export cars, parts left off african cars, etc. Also, some of the components may have been installed by local distributer/importers as packages. Hope this helps.
87 300E, 65k miles