From 1991 to 1994, Mercedes-Benz sold a high-performance version of the W124, the Mercedes-Benz 500E (W124.036). The 500E was created in close cooperation with Porsche. With its engineering department being fully occupied with the development of the new S-Class, Mercedes-Benz commissioned Porsche in 1989 to redesign the W124 chassis to shoehorn the 5.0L V8 used in the SL into it, along with the necessary changes on the suspension system and drive train. When the car was ready, it was found that its widened fenders didn’t fit through the W124 assembly line in Sindelfingen in three places. Hence Porsche was also commissioned to assemble the car.
The 500E had a naturally aspirated 5-Litre V8 engine derived from the 500 SL roadster. Sports car braking performance also came from SL components: front SL 500 300mm disks with 4-piston callipers came installed on the 1992 and early 1993 cars. The later 1993, and all 1994 cars came with the upgraded 320mm set taken from the 600 SL. Rear brakes on all years were 278mm brakes from the 500 SL. The 500 E was only supplied with four seats in left hand drive, with the four leather seats supplied by Recaro.
This wonderful example was imported to the UK over 10 years ago from Europeand has covered a mere 78,000 miles. It has been dry stored for the last 5 years and has recently had a no expense spared “once over” to bring it out of storage. All of the usual wear and tear items replaced including crank and camshaft, distributor caps, rotor arms, plugs, new battery, both fuel pumps replaced, new top engine wiring loom, new bespoke stainless steel exhaust system and MOT.
The Metallic Black with satin silver side mouldings are in exceptional condition all around with no dings or dents on the panels. Excellent half leather interior with the wonderfully period hounds tooth fabric inset. Original 16 inch 8 hole alloys in excellent condition complete the look of this thoroughbred car.