1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E for sale
Exotic Classics is proud to present this 1993 Mercedes Benz 500E finished in Rauchsilber (Smoke Silver Metallic) with Champignon (Mushroom) Interior. It has 50,300 miles and is in excellent overall condition. Equipment includes a sunroof, anti-theft warning system with immobilizer, automatic climate control with active coal filter, Becker Radio Grand Prix 2000 and Sound package.
The Mercedes 500E, launched in 1991 and continued until 1994, was a high performance version of the W124 Mercedes, produced between 1986 and 1995. It was spectacularly built and well known for its ability to handle large amounts of power. The 500E was collaboration between Mercedes and Porsche. Rumored to be using secrets from its cancelled 989 sports sedan project, it stuffed many of the mechanicals from the 500SL roadster into the W124. Each 500 E was hand-built by Porsche, being transported back and forth between the Mercedes plant and Porsche's Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany during assembly, taking a full 18 days to complete each model.
The Mercedes 500E is a rare car indeed, especially in the United States. Between 1991 and 1995 about 10,000 were built, but only 1,505 of those came to the United States. The 500 E had a naturally aspirated 5.0L V8 engine derived from the 500 SL roadsters which produced 326 horsepower. Sports car braking performance also came from SL components such as front SL 500 300 mm disks with 4-piston calipers came installed on the 1992 and early 1993 cars. The later 1993, and all 1994 cars came with the upgraded 320 mm set taken from the 600 SL. Rear brakes on all years were 278 mm brakes from the 500 SL. In the USA, the 500 E came fully equipped, with the only options available to the buyer being a dealer-installed CD changer and an integrated cellular telephone. The 500 E was only with four seats in left hand drive, with the four leather seats supplied by Recaro (the fronts heated).
Called the "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" by the press, performance tests of the day yielded impressive results: 0100 km/h (062 mph) times of 5.5 to 6.0 seconds and acceleration through the quarter-mile (0.4 km) in 14.1 seconds at 163 km/h (101 mph). The top speed was redline limited at 6,000 rpm to 260 km/h (160 mph). It was rated at 16.8 L/100 km (14 mpg) in the city and 13.8 L/100 km (17 mpg) on the highway.
With its aggressive stance: 1.5 inches wider track, 0.9 inch lower profile, flared fenders, side skirts, front air-dam and wide tires, the 500 E is easily distinguished from its lesser brethren. Because of its look, limited numbers, hand-built construction, and unique pedigree, the 500 E is already considered a "classic," even within Mercedes-Benz. The 500E created the formula for the performance based AMG models that are still produced today.