• Aug 23, 2010
1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E – Click above for image gallery

In 1992, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche briefly entered into a love affair that would produce one very special offspring: the Mercedes-Benz 500E. The car was to become the godfather of all super sedans, packing a 5.0-liter V8 with a staggering (for the time) 322 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Bolted to a four-speed automatic gearbox, the engine could scoot the big four-door to 60 mph in a mere 6.1 seconds. Something tells us that those power numbers were a little conservative. But where does Porsche come in to this dance?

Germany's sportscar manufacturer was responsible for working the sheetmetal of the 500E into the shape you see above. Those healthy fender arches were all massaged into place by the gurus at Porsche before the body was shipped off to Mercedes-Benz for paint and final assembly. Once done, the whole kit and caboodle was shipped back to Porsche for final inspection. Needless to say, this was an incredibly limited production vehicle, with the two companies only creating around 500 examples per year.

This particular car has a grand total of 587 miles on the clock, having spent the fair majority of its years tucked away in a museum. Bidding is at $35,200 with the reserve not met and less than 8 hours to go as of writing. Follow the jump for jazz-tastic video walk around and check out pics in the gallery below.



[Source: eBay Motors]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, such low miles. I don't understand that it' 6.1 seconds to 60 when my E320 can do it in 6.9, with less power.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I want one. Good editing here on the comment system...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a great car...love the lines, the classic design, the power.......and yet, I'd even pass on something this great because it's an automatic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that Lexus LS400?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know you, or anything about you, but I hate you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of the all time greats! I just want to know, who is the moron that decided to chrome the wheels?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        You obviously didn't read my post correctly. Seems you're the one who has his knickers in a knot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't read articles much do you?

        Collectors hardly ever change the look, especially when the car has been in storage for the majority of its life and it has the original 589 miles. Chroming wheels and/or swapping out to aftermarket wheels depreciates a car's value quite quickly.

        By the way, why is it that the majority of your comments are negative?

        Get your darn panties out of a bunch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      sigh - "This video contains content from Sony Music Entertainment. It is no longer available in your country".

      Granted, since I don't live in the US, I probably won't buy the car, but still, it would have been nice to have a look at this "jazz-tastic video walk". Is it so difficult to use CC-based music or no music at all?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car may not be for everyone but THIS is the year to have! The '92-93 engines were a solid block producing 322 hp. They dropped to 315 hp with "jacket type" cylinders (a la Porsche 928 style) in 93-94. A simple first gear start modification to the valve body and this is an entirely different beast!
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you waited for 1993 you got electric control for both side mirrors! (It was one of those humorous but entirely logical MB things where they made the mirror that you couldn't reach adjustable electrically, but the one on the driver's door adjustable via a mechanical knob near the mirror. Sounds cheesy but it made a lot more sense than the US mfrs who for decades made the driver-side mirror remote-controlled but the one on the far door manual.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I find it shocking how many people do NOT realize what this really is.

      Aside from the hideously awful chrome rims, this vehicle is amazing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh, hi.

        You must be talking about me. I'm the one on the previous page who got downranked because I called this a crackpipe.

        Too expensive.

        Well, I'm also a Porschephile, but let's be realistic. This is a $25,000 car, not $35,000.

        That price gets you a really clean 993.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im looking for a 1992 Sonata but i cant find one. ITs going to be a colector car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like a grey suit that's really well tailored, it's still just a grey suit. Boring and non-descript.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You've obviously never driven this car. One of the all-time greats.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a '93 500E, black-on-black, and it's a great car. True, it's not shockingly fast by today's standards, but it feels special. Hard to describe.

      As an aside, I see that the car in the video has its snow-chain switch activated on the dash (partially disables traction control). Hmmmm. I wonder why...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most "good" representatives show the functions including navigation systems and the like, to show that these features are operational. It's especially good practice for those vehicles with pixel displays.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My pediatrician had one. I still remember it, black on black. I always remember thinking, "what's a 500E?? (I was about 13 at the time)" My uncle had a 300E. It wasn't until years later that I realized how bad-ass my doctor was.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Damn, that's one situation where it would have been good if you two had become "very special friends".
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm very lucky --- my friend in Germany had one, and took me for a drive. It was my land speed record, 280 kph on a back road near Frankfurt. Cool car, when you go fast it automatically shuts off the A/C so you have all power to the wheels!
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