Tuner Tuesday: 1994 Mercedes-Benz 500E AMG 6.0

Pulling together enough legendary names to nearly create it’s own “Justice League”, the Mercedes-Benz 500E saw the combination of two of the most storied names in German automobiles – Porsche and Daimler-Benz. The 500E was sure a serious car out of the box with 320 horsepower and torque to match; but for some, that wasn’t enough. For those enterprising individuals with deep pockets, their Stuttgart superhero saw the introduction of a third legendary name; AMG. AMG had been placing larger displacement engines in Benz models for years, and the 500E proved no different. It even became an official product since Daimler owned a major stake in AMG; the merger would see a new range of high performance out of the box Mercedes models like the SL60 and E60. With a 50 horsepower boost in horsepower and 75 more lb.ft of torque, the 6.0 brought the 500E to another level of performance, chopping nearly a second off its 0-60 times and giving close to Porsche 911 Turbo levels of straight line performance. But while the E60 and SL60 models are pretty rare, it was more common to do what this owner did – ship the car to AMG for a motor swap after purchase:

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1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E

The Mercedes-Benz 500E is one of those cars that was fairly affordable for a long time, but dwindling supply and greater awareness has raised values considerably. I knew it was a matter of time before this legend started to increase in value. We often see these four-door hot rods with Porsche DNA in black or silver, but this metallic blue example for sale in Florida bucks that trend. This car is closing in on 150,000 miles but has had the same owner for the last 18 years.

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Legend or Reality? Mercedes-Benz 500E v. E55 AMG

The Mercedes-Benz 500E is a car which needs no introduction to the fans of GCFSB. We feature the model on a regular basis; as one of the most popular super-sedans produced by Mercedes, we’re always glad to see a very mint condition, low mileage model and hopeful for a steal when we see less pristine examples. The possibility always exists that one will sneak in at a cut-rate – a model that has higher miles and a small list of needs, for example, that will allow for a more reasonable purchase price. But as we pine and search for values on the 500E/E500 market, ironically we seem to ignore the model which replaced it in spirit; the E55 AMG. Part of that comes down to both the real and perceived gap in quality between the W124 and the W210 chassis; however, what is undeniable is what that equates to in the real world. Find a not-perfect, higher mile 500E today and you’ll be looking at around $10,000 or more while a mint condition, low mile E55 AMG is available for around the same amount. Which is the better proposition?

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E

It’s been over a decade since I last hopped behind the wheel of one, but I still remember my last encounter with a Mercedes-Benz 500E. Harmless enough though it looks, it packs a big bite. Acceleration, braking and handling were a revelation for a luxury sedan of its day, even if this car had serious sporting intentions imbued in it by Porsche. For a while, these special W124s were somewhat affordable but values have been on the climb, even for those with more than 100,000 miles on the clock. This 500E, replete with monoblocks, has 136k miles on the clock but looks to be well cared for.

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10K Friday Family Truckster Edition: E500 Wagon v. 530xi Touring v. Passat 1.8T 4Motion Variant v. S6 v. Touareg v. Cayenne S

Family life – it’s a mixed blessing. I could never have imagined the unintended consequences expanding my family by 50%; in terms of space consumed, physics and logic told me that there was no way that the amount of space required with a small child would increase any more than…say, 50%. Yet, the reality of adding to my family is that the amount of space required for even what seems like the most miniscule trip increases disproportionately to the size of the package that arrives. Babies are a bit like those magic sponges in a capsule I got when I was a kid; once they hit air, they expand to 200-300% the size they were. So, long story short, when you have a family you likely need more space.

Over the past few years we’ve seen a general backing away from wagons towards the bane of most enthusiast’s existence, the S.U.V. and the “crossover” – many of which are really just tall wagons. So what are the options if you want to maintain an enthusiast’s lifestyle whilst still surviving the onslaught of baby-themed items? Well, for around $10,000 you can get some pretty diverse rides – so let’s see what’s the one you’d choose:

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1991 Mercedes-Benz E500 Estate

The 1979 Mercedes-Benz 280CE Convertible we featured yesterday afternoon got me thinking about what other models I wish the company would have contemplated. High up on my list is this tribute that we see here, a 1991 E500 Estate. Technically, we should call it a 500E Estate as the nomenclature change didn’t take hold until the 1994 model year. Regardless of the name, this beefy, modified W124 T-model for sale south of Hamburg has stealth written all over it.

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1994 Mercedes-Benz E500

You never have to go very far to find an 500E or renamed E500 on these pages; in fact, last Friday we had an interesting comparison between an E28 M5 and E124 500E. People came down on both sides of the fence there, and I think it’s reasonable to like either for various reasons. The E28 M5 is a very special car, with many less made than the W124 super sedan. But numbers alone don’t tell the whole story, of course, and the W124 has many fans for good reason. It may not have been the first super sedan or even the first super Mercedes-Benz, but it was an exclamation point on a legendary period of some of the best sedans the world has yet seen. Pick the one that you like – they’re all legends now; Audi V8 quattro, 200 20V or S4/S6, BMW E28 M5 and E34 M5, the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 and 2.5 Cosworth and, of course, the 500E/E500:

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E

Every decade there is a handful of cars that arrive on the scene that have the right stuff to permanently leave a mark on the automotive landscape. The Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Mk1 Volkswagen GTI and E30 BMW M3 are but a handful of motors that have shifted over into the icon category. Their respective manufacturers have tried to rekindle the magic of these vehicles over the years, much to their credit, but somehow, these cars will be frozen in time as some of the greats. This is the case with this car, the W124 Mercedes-Benz 500E/E500. Mercedes has come out with a number of AMG tuned E class sedans in the past two decades, but none seems to capture the hearts and minds like this super sedan with Porsche DNA. Interestingly enough, another icon of the 1990s was built in the same factory as this car, right after 500E/E500 production ended: the Audi RS2 Avant.

This particular 500E for sale in Georgia belies its age and the miles it has covered, looking truly immaculate in Brilliant Silver.

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1994 Mercedes-Benz E500

While AMG brought us a series of E class “Hammers” and other tuned vehicles in the 1980s, Mercedes-Benz’s next V8 high performance act to follow the 450SEL 6.9 was this car, the 500E/E500. Produced in collaboration with Porsche, this was one of the most subtle high-performance machines you could purchase at the time and to this day, keeps up with most modern machinery quite well. Prices for these sedans have stayed rather steady in light of other German iron taking off lately. This E500 for sale in California isn’t the most immaculate example out there, but with a bit 100,000 miles on the clock, it’s got a lot of life left in it.

Year: 1994
Model: E500
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 116,704 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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Very solid E500 with excellent history. Purchased it from a relative, the original owner, last year. Car spent all its life in Palm Springs and Los Angeles. Zero rust, no accidents. Spent $4,000 recently to get everything mechanical perfect with exception of small leak in power steering.

Drives beautifully — solid and fast. Body is very straight, but paint is not as good as it looks in the photos. It is showing hairline cracks under the clear coat and there are numerous scratches. Michelins have only 3,000 miles on them.

The interior is in great condition with the exception of the driver’s seat back where the owner wore a hole into the bolster. To get it perfect, both front seats should be reupholstered.

Overall a deceptively fast & reliable driver with potential for substantial appreciation.

I used to be all about having the most immaculate car out there, but when I bought my 2006 MINI Cooper S, I think that sentiment changed. While I purchased it in 2011 with only 33,000 miles on the clock, it had a few nicks, scratches and wear marks here or there, but nothing to detract from the overall package. Buying a new car was always such a tedious process and I would be deathly afraid at that first scratch. This car appears to have just enough character to give someone resourceful a few weekend projects here or there. This model year, 1994, marks the last year the E500 was sold in the US and these facelifted models were noticeably more rare than their earlier counterparts. As a result, they tend to bring a little premium over the older 500E. This isn’t the most perfect E500, but you could certainly do a lot worse. Taking into consideration the recent servicing, mileage and blemishes, I’d suspect a reasonable range for this fast W124 is somewhere in the $15,000 to $20,000 range.

-Paul

1994 Mercedes-Benz E500

The W124 Mercedes-Benz 500E/E500 needs no introduction here at GCFSB. These brutes rounded out the German super saloon triumvirate, along with the BMW E34 M5 and Audi C4 S4/S6. They are also the exception to the rule that says Mercedes-Benz coupes and convertibles hold resale values stronger than sedans. Clean, unmolested examples are highly prized and this example for sale in California strikes a good balance between low mileage garage queen and clapped out, high mileage runner.

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1994 Mercedes 500E the original Autobahn Stealthwagon. In 1991 Mercedes introduced the high-performance 500E (W124.036) Designed and jointly built with Porsche, each 500E being hand-built by Porsche, and transported between the Mercedes plant and Porsche’s factory in Zuffenhausen over and 18 day build cycle. In 1994 the 500E was mildly face-lifted and the brakes were improved and re-badged the E500. Production totaled 10470 cars and concluded in 1995.

The 500E had a naturally aspirated 32 valve 5.0 liter V8 engine producing 322 hp and 354 ft lbs of torque which delivered performance of 5.5 seconds to 60 MPH. This sports car acceleration and its handling and braking prowess so impressed the automotive press they labeled the 500E a “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” Because of its wide track and subtle flairs, limited production, hand-built construction, and joint provenance with Porsche; the 500E is already considered a “classic.”

The particular 500E has under 75k miles, and is a local SF Bay Area car from new, no accidents, clean CarFax and never smoked inside. Cosmetics are very nice and the car is all original; no performance or cosmetic enhancements. It has the heated seats. Tires are Michelin Pilot Sports and brakes are quite new. If you are looking for a really nice “classic” that you can drive comfortably daily and that hides its skills in a subtle looks; this is your 500E.

If you can find one with under 50,000 miles on the clock, these 500E/E500 sedans can usually command prices in the $25,000 to $35,000 range. Those cars with around 75,000 to 100,000 miles are still in demand, as these are Mercedes-Benzes that were engineered to a point, not a price. With no reserve, we’ll probably see this car sell anywhere in the $14,000 to $20,000 range; more than likely bringing a figure between $16,000 and $17,000. Smoke silver is a tame color for this fast Benz, but it’s not a hue that offends. That might hold back bidding just a bit.

-Paul