Before AMG’s quad tipped E55s and 63s, Mercedes worked hand in hand with Porsche to produce an “E-Class with Edge”. Dubbed the 500E, the venerable W124 was subject to Porsche engineered suspension, engine modifications and chassis design. Since Porsche hand built each of these cars, each one took eighteen days to complete. The end result was a wonderful high performance luxury sedan.
This one on eBay looks good with the original eight-hole wheels but would benefit from the Euro treatment of clear markers and all black panels. As for performance, magazines have recorded a 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds, 0 to 100 mph in 13.8 seconds, and the quarter-mile in 14.1 seconds which means this Benz can hold its own against most contemporary performance sedans.
My father owned a 300E which I was very fond of. I was only 10 but I can still remember many of the Benz’s great qualities. The ride was firm but very comfortable on bumpy New England roads. The interior was similar in feeling; leather that was too supple but offered great support during long drives. I also remember the full weight of the door and the deep “thud” that most big Benzes make. With a current bid of $11,000 it will be neat to see where this Brutish Benz ends up.