The W124 E-class was the Mercedes-Benz answer to BMW's 5-series, but with the success of the E28 M5 and the upcoming E34 M5, the guys at Mercedes-Benz knew they had to respond with something fast. So, they did what any logical German would do and turned to Porsche and pleaded for help. The result was a Mercedes-Benz and Porsche collaboration called the 500E that combined the rock solid W124 chassis with a Porsche tuned engine and suspension. Find this 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E W124 offered for $16,500 in Holland, PA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The guys at Porsche borrowed the M119 5.0 liter V8 from the R129 500SL, added 300mm disc brakes with 4-piston calipers (also from the 500SL), leather sport seats from Recaro (the rear is split in the middle, so it only seats 4), 1.5 inches of track front/rear, flared fenders, aggressive front air dam/side skirts, and 1 inch lower ride height. The result is a mean looking machine, and this one is shod with 18 inch BBS LM rep wheels and looks a skosh lowered from stock.
Performance was impressive for 1991 (when first released) and the 322 horsepower/354 ft-lbs of torque V8 shoved the 3800 lb sedan to 60mph in just under 6 seconds and all the way to a top speed near 160 mph. For some reason the execs at Mercedes-Benz decided that their clientele would prefer that the car shift its own gears, so the only transmission available was a 4-speed auto.
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