Widely acknowledged as an icon of its era, the 500E was born out of a collaboration between Mercedes and Porsche that resulted in a seminal sports saloon that combined towering performance with luxury and sophisticated understatement.
The Porsche-built W124 featured Mercedes new 326bhp 5-litre V8 and subtle widened wheel arches to house the wider wheels and track. It was faster, lighter and stiffer than the equivalent SL, plus it could seat four. The 500E excelled as one of the best ways to cover long distances discretely and very quickly.
With a prohibitive price tag Mercedes sold just 29 new in the UK, with the biggest markets being Europe, the US and Japan.
This 1993 500E is a desirable German market car that has remained in Europe since new. It was specified with Anthracite grey metallic paintwork with a black leather interior. It had the usual high specification including electric, heated front seats, air conditioning, electric rear blind, fire extinguisher and cruise control amongst the full list of options detailed below.
It was first registered in early 1993 by Autohaus Nold GMBH near Frankfurt and remained in Germany until 2000 before coming to the UK. The first owner in the UK kept the car for fifteen years between his house in France and the UK. There have been two subsequent owners. In total, 198k KM have been covered, equivalent to a very reasonable 123k miles.
The car comes with all original books and manuals and a Full Service History comprising of 24 stamps in the service book (from MB main dealers and specialists in Germany, France and the UK) and a substantial folder containing all paperwork and receipts from its UK ownership along with previous MoTs. This car has evidently been extremely well looked after as the history attests. Importantly in 2010 the engine wiring harness was replaced and recently all fluids and filters have been changed, including the gearbox and differential, alongside regular servicing. HPI clear with certificate.
Very original with correct pre-facelift amber indicators, grill and eight-hole wheels. So many of these early cars were ‘face-lifted’ by previous owners and fitted with aftermarket parts/wheels etc. It’s great to see one looking as it should.
The only deviations from standard are the fitment of a modern stereo with hands free, but the original Becker Mexico comes with the car to be refitted if required. And a beautifully made and refreshingly subtle complete stainless steel exhaust has been fitted, that comes with a 25-year guarantee.
As the photos show this 500E is in beautiful condition throughout. The body is superb, the original wheels wear matching Michelin tyres all round and the interior is unmarked.
Having driven this car over several hundred miles, we’re pleased to report it drives absolutely beautifully – taught, refined and a fabulous machine to cross country at speed.
To sum up, this Euro-market 500E has superb condition, provenance and history. In the ever-rising market of the increasingly collectable 500E/E500, it’s a great opportunity to own one of these iconic sports saloons at a very sensible price.
271 – Anthracite leather
291 – Airbag for front passenger
300 – Storage box in front tray
412 – Electric tilt/slide sunroof
540 – Roller blind, electric, for rear window
592 – All round green tinted glass
620 – Air pollution control
682 – Fire extinguisher
810 – Sound package (stereo)
819 – CD Changer in boot
873 – Heated front seats