This November 1994 example is a rare facelift model E500 W124 endowed with a 5.0 litre V8 48 Valve engine producing 322 bhp & 480 N·m (354 lb·ft) of torque. A car developed & built jointly between Mercedes Benz & Porsche to beat BMW's hand-built E34 M5, the E500's build quality was the pinnacle of Mercedes Benz quality. Whilst other models of the W124 were built in 3 days, the E500 took 18 days each to build, with the shell being built & painted first, then taken to Porsche for fitting of mechanicals, then back to Mercedes and back to Porsche throughout the build. Each was hand-assembled, so although the E500 resembles it's less endowed siblings, it's got hundreds of discreet differences in how it's built to offer better performance & luxury combined.
The result was a very capable car to drive even today. For most applications driving something like this is like taking a Kalashnikov to a knife fight, hidden in discreet gentlemanly attire.
Only 1,855 facelift examples of the E500 were hand-built from 1994 - 1995 and these carried not only bonnet, grille, headlight trunk & complete bumper & lower plastic trim differences, but more importantly - larger brakes at each corner, courtesy of components borrowed from the R129 600SL (V12 model). The 500E & facelift E500 W124's were only produced in LHD for all markets including the UK (Where less than 150 pre-facelift examples were supplied by Mercedes Benz - UK).
In it's day & even today the Motoring Press shows lavish praise and recommendation for what has become possibly the most iconic & best Q car ever produced. April 92' issue of Automobile Magazine, "Like a Drug":
"It is important that prospective 500E drivers have impeccable credentials as adults. This car is so quick, so eager, so agile, that it makes immature people drive like idiots. We all fell into that latter category. Example: Early evening, medium traffic, good visibility. I'm minding my own business in the right-hand lane with the cruise control set at 80 mph. Another idiot blasts past in a 5.0 Mustang, and all self-discipline vanishes. I'm on him like a leopard on a tethered goat. He tries to hold me off, but he hasn't a prayer. A small hole opens, I give the Mercedes one more squirt, and the Mustang disappears in my mirror, its headlights getting closer together as though I were watching through the wrong end of a telescope. At three in the morning, in bed staring back at the darkness, I squirm uncomfortably and accuse myself: "Idiot! You know better than that! You could be in jail right now!" David E. Davis, Jr.
AutoWeek May 13, 1996: The 500E is something special, a brutish, beastly Mercedes-Porsche, perhaps the ultimate tuner sedan. Maybe it was the influence of Mercedes' cross-town partner. Porsche didn't just assemble the car. It breathed in life, and there was a thrilling wildness, an edge to the car, just as there was to a 911 Turbo of the same generation."
Here Autocar tests the W124 500E (Pre-facelift) against the modern E63 AMG.
A serious "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"; performance tests of the day yielded impressive results: 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) times of 5.5 to 6.0 seconds and acceleration through the quarter-mile (0.4 km) in 14.1 seconds at 163 km/h (101 mph). The top speed was redline limited at 6,000 rpm to 260 km/h (~160 mph).
With its aggressive stance: 1.5 inches wider track, 0.9 inch lower profile, factory flared arches, side skirts, deeper & wider front bumper and wider tires, the 500 E is easily distinguished from its lesser brethren. Because of its look, limited numbers, hand-built construction and unique pedigree the 500 E was considered a "modern classic", even within Mercedes-Benz soon after production ended in 1995. Today it's considered an iconic model - the very first to sow the seed for bonkers performance Q-car Mercs. With traditional rock-solid build quality that has long since disappeared from MB's accountants realising it was fruitless to make cars built to last so well, this is a model that is much sought after amongst classic performance Benz purists. They continue to rise steadily in values now & are set to skyrocket in the long term. As of June 2011, an example of a 1995 E500 Limited is on display in the new Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen, Germany.
View an original article with pictures taken at the Porsche factory.
This unique left-hand drive Mercedes Benz E500 W124 is likely to appeal primarily to markets where cars are driven on the left side of the road & would probably be destined for Europe where Newera is becoming known by discerning connoisseurs for supply of pristine low mileage, high quality cars with absolutely no underside corrosion. It could equally appeal to UK or other RHD countries, as with the amount of torque it's endowed with, time spent on the opposite side of the road overtaking is a matter of just a few seconds. All of the hand-picked W124 E500's we stocked in the last 2 years have sold to U.K. Collectors so far (Each bought by the first & only person to inspect, a testament to the quality of our cars).
This particular example is now in the UK and now stored in the capable hands of our UK partners JT Auto Classics, who do all of our preparation & work on hand-picked European Prestige & Performance cars. It's also displayed on their website.
Manufactured in November 1994 & supplied new in Japan this E500 was awarded the highest 4B auction grade and is in fantastic condition outside, inside and underneath.
Having been driven only on Japanese Roads with no salt, sand or grit & super smooth surfaces - this unique E500 is in top condition inside, outside and underneath - despite being now over 20 years old.
Colour is striking silver; a great traditional Mercedes-Benz colour. Original MB wheels have been replaced with genuine 18” AMG 2 piece split rims which are 8.5x18 front and 10x18 rear. These endow the car a discreet but muscularly purposeful stance. Wheels are in excellent condition with good quality performance tyres. These rims are genuine AMG, produced under licence by BBS and as such are a very strong & well built wheel. Tyres are very good with plenty of tread depth remaining, brakes are excellent with plenty of pad and disc wear left.
Engine bay presents very well and is super clean, further evidence of a past caring owner, intake pipes have been recently renewed which is nice too see. The all important engine wiring loom has been renewed & carries the date code on the label. There are service labels on the car and engine oil upon arrival to the UK was a golden honey colour, an excellent sign of careful maintaince Oil changed every 3,000km!).
The engine on this example is refined yet brutish when provoked whilst the four speed autobox shifts smoothly and precisely. There is no transmission shunt and it kicks down properly.
Perfectly straight & true, this is just how a really good E500 should be; a joy to drive.
This unique E500 recieved a very special suspension upgrade with the previous fastidious owner spending a huge amount on performance replacements.
The front & rear SLS self-levelling shock absorbers are the same spec as the E60 6.0L AMG W124. This is a very rare and desirable upgrade for an E500 with adjusted valving giving better body control over the stock units, we’ve never seen this before as parts for this conversion are very expensive & rare!
Part number decals on the fronts are (HWA 124 320 1530) and the rears are (HWA 124 320 0313) confirming these are genuine W124 E60 6.0L AMG items.
Beautifully finished, this refined road car blends strong performance with solid engineering and luxurious trappings. The 500E is impressively stable at speed, with a rock-solid bearing that inspires confidence. Comfortable and luxurious with sound ergonomics and attention to detail round out the benefits of a car that was built to cruise at Autobahn speeds of over 150 mph hour after hour. Above 3000 rpm or so, the V8 engine feels virtually like a runaway freight train. Just a touch on the throttle pedal is answered by a gush of power, as the V8-powered 5-litre moves away from a stop with no sense of strain. Handling is characterized by quick response and only imperceptible body lean with suspension (Self leveling at the rear) that exudes quality and readily soaks up bumps & road imperfections whilst still offering immense fast progress capability. Braking is powerful and fade-free. Engine sounds are nicely muted, only becoming really audiable when the engine is encouraged to work harder. Occupants get plenty of luxury from factory heated & electrically adjustable leather Recaros sporting a multitude of adjustments, along with good leg & head room. A trip for 4 people to the airport isn't problematic. The trunk / boot ranks as cavernous!
Simple, unobstructed gauges are accompanied by clearly marked controls and sound proofing that is is still considered very good, even almost 2 decades after this car was built.
Aside from very low drag coefficient, even by today's standards - lots of great design features abound on this car, from a time when Benz used to be designed and developed by passionate engineers, not the over powered bean-counters of the last decade which are the cause of decline of Benz quality standards.
Specification includes: 32 valve quad camshaft, 322 bhp 5 litre V8, with switchable 4 speed automatic. Original options include Steel electric sunroof, Dual SRS front airbags, leather steering wheel, ABS, ASR (Automatic Slip Control), power steering, cruise control, etc. Drivetrain includes powerful no-nonsense large diameter fully vented discs (320 x 30 mm vented front & 300 x 22 mm rear) and large horizontally opposed (4 & 2 Piston) ATE calipers. Original Mercedes Evolution II wheels are of size: 17 x 8.25 +34 & shod with new quality performance tyres of size 245/40R17 at each corner. These are the holy grail of wheels for a W124 and look sublime combined with unmarked silver bodywork.
Interior comforts: This car shows on a VIN check to have been specified with a long list of options when new. Both front seats have full electrical adjustment with 2 memory settings. These comprise original Recaro heated seats and microfilament rear window demister. Steering wheel & shift knob are leather trimmed and wood veneers are walnut throughout. As with all E500's there's a large electric sunroof, which works perfectly too. The sound system includes a SONY 200W head unit as well as uprated original speakers. There are remote controlled door mirrors (For both sides), Climate Controlled air-conditioning, wood veneer on door trims, dash and centre console. Rear headrests come down for reversing - at the touch of a button on the centre console. All doors (including the fuel cap & boot lid) lock pneumatically. A remote control with integrated key operates the locking system. Note the inclusion of headlamp wash wipe (Factory fitted) and European sized number plate mounts. The original wheel brace, tool kit and spare wheel are complete.
Interior of this example is fantastic. The leather throughout is in superb condition, confirming this is a genuine low mileage car It’s clearly evident this example has been kept out of direct sunlight and garaged by it’s previous owner.
The rear seats look like they’ve never been sat in. One of the best condition E500 interiors we’ve seen and we supply only the best we can find, so this is particularly special. The patina on the dashboard is excellent and this has been a non-smoker car. Veneers on this example are like new throughout, with no cracking and a deep shine still remaining in the lacquer.
AMG white face clocks have been fitted - and display total mileage the car has covered since new. Headlining is in super condition free from dirt or sagging.
Steering wheel is a lovely matching leather/wood item in fantastic near new condition. Not the steering column features the (electrically adjustable) reach option(441) not all E500’s have this.
The interior of this example is a very nice place to be indeed.
Completely rust free: This example has never seen salt and always been driven on Japan's beautifully kept roads & has been owned by a mature driver (non-smoker) since new, garaged when not in use, so condition is as perfect as can be.
Since arriving to the UK recently, this E500 has received our usual extensive service program to ensure the car runs perfectly for the new owner. Belts, fluids inc diff, transmission, engine oils+filter have been renewed with high quality Castro l/ Mobil fluids and genuine Mercedes parts. Air & pollen filters replaced. 8 new Bosch spark plugs, 2 distributor caps & 2 rotors have each been renewed as part of our thorough and extensive service preparation. A new genuine Mercedes drivebelt has also been fitted and brakes were bled with fresh fluid. Being in perfect electrical and mechanical condition too, it's ready to be used as reliable daily transport, or just kept for special occasions.
This example is the only one we have in stock in the UK and took months to find as we’re very selective about what we buy Being W124 E500 owner enthusiasts ourselves we know these very well & find we reject the vast majority that others in the trade buy. Late low mileage E500’s are becoming increasingly sort after by collectors all over the world and prices are on the rise.
When new over 15 years ago - price was around £58,000 in UK, excluding options such as dual SRS airbags,, rear centrally mounted subwoofer and some of the other featuresoriginal factory options this car comes with. As one of the last bullet proof Mercedes Benz, such low genuine mileage examples are naurally becoming fast appreciating assets - being sought after by collectors, when in such well preserved condition. This unique E500 W124 Mercedes represents an amazing opportunity as an appreciating classic - currently on route to the UK, this example is priced at £29,795. Without doubt it is the best example that will be for sale in Europe now.
Now fully road registered in the UK, complete with an M’ registration number, 12 months MOT and a comprehensive 12 month UK warranty this beautiful E500 awaits its new owner.
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We are seeing prices for these rise sharply due to demand exceeding supply. Although we aim to always have at least one top quality E500 in stock, we find they are sold faster than we can find them. The best E500 W124 are destined to appreciate considerably being the only Porsche built (by hand!) Mercedes ever made.
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