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“A wolf in sheep’s clothing”
Sublime award-winning example
1 of 1,528 imported to the United States
326 horsepower, 354 lb/ft torque 5.0-liter V8 engine
4-speed automatic transmission
Limited production collaboration between Porsche and Mercedes-Benz
Documented service records and owner’s manuals
One of the best under-the-radar cars in the automotive world is the Mercedes-Benz 500E. Built in collaboration with Porsche in the early 90s, it is one of the greatest Q-ship sedans ever created. Using parts from the SL sports car, and accessing Porsche’s handmade expertise, these special cars took an average of 18 days to build. With the immensely powerful 326 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine came impressive performance, clocking 0-60mph in under 6 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph, all while maintaining the Mercedes-Benz level of quality and comfort.
This was not your ordinary W124, with its aggressive stance that has a 1.5-inch wider track, 0.9-inch lower profile, flared fenders, side skirts, and a front air dam. Thankfully the final package, to the untrained eye, was subtle enough not to attract unwarranted attention from law enforcement.
This excellent example was shipped from the Sindelfingen production plant in February 1992, destined for the United States. One of the approximately 1,528 examples imported to the U.S. between 1992 to 1995, it was a rare automobile indeed. Purchased new in Indiana by its first owner in June of 1992, just 62,688 miles were added to the odometer during 21-years of ownership. Upon sale by the original owner in 2013, it was relocated to Georgia for a short period of time, and then to the West Coast.
In 2014 after the 500E was acquired by its third owner, the Mercedes was entrusted to Leistung Autohaus in Garden Grove, California for servicing. During this time, new European headlights were installed, as well as an European exhaust. The brake system serviced and upgraded to Brembo calipers. Additional major servicing was performed by the specialists at MBI Motors in Portland OR. This included the replacement of engine and transmission mounts, lower wiring/alternator harness, front lower control arms, and more. Driven sparingly, just over 3,500 miles were added during 5 years of ownership.
Upon arrival at Canepa, the Porsche-built Mercedes-Benz was inspected thoroughly from front to back. The large collection of service documents provided evidence that the 500E has always been properly maintained, with the interior and exterior also presenting in superior condition. This “super” sedan was immediately placed into the “Canepa Difference” process, first going through an extensive mechanical inspection and servicing as needed, followed by concours-show-level detailing. To be sold with a pre-delivery Service, final show-level preparation, owners manuals, and historical service records.
The Mercedes-Benz 500E will remain one of the most memorable sedans of its era. Benefitting from a joint venture between two of the worlds greatest auto manufacturers, it delivers power, style, and the time-tested reliability of Mercedes-Benz, and is a true tour-de-force of 1990’s design. Not many super sedans are able to attack the backroads all the while comfortably transporting its occupants hundreds of miles across country, like a Mercedes-Benz 500E can.