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1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E

Probably many of us have owned an E Series, or perhaps experienced it from the back seats while dad drove it on the freeway. Perhaps many of us have experienced the faint ticking of a large diesel engine, packed with torque but certainly not sporty. Now let's forget THAT E series. This is a completely different beast.

In 1988 the Mercedes management decided to create a sporty version of the bestseller W124 by mounting the 5.0L V8 of the SL. As the engineering department was completely absorbed in the development of the new S-Class, it was decided to entrust the new project to Porsche.

The modifications thought up by Porsche were so generous that the widened fenders of the new version did not fit the W124 assembly line in Sindelfingen. Porsche therefore had to organize the (manual) assembly in Zuffenhausen (Stuttgart). The chassis prepared in Porsche were then sent by truck to the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Sindelfingen to be painted and then again shipped to Porsche in Zuffenhausen for the final assembly of the engine and interior.

Finally, they were sent to Sindelfingen for final inspection and delivery, a process that took 18 days for each car overall. We are not sure this 500E can be considered a classic, the fact remains that it is truly a rare piece, especially in black. For sale at Canepa

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