1994 Mercedes Benz E500

E500 postMake no mistake, MB’s 500E/E500 series from the mid-nineties rank right up there in the pecking order of insanely perfect performance sedans.

For three years (1992-94), Benz and Porsche teamed up to create a high-powered stealth sedan using the E-class platform and the big brother’s five-litre twin cam V8. Then Porsche tweaked the power plant and suspension. Add slightly flared wheel arches and you’ve got one nasty way to scare the heck outta the uninitiated.

Mine was a 1994 model, with improved front end styling compared to the versions from the two previous years. Only 500 or so were brought into the U.S. in ’94 year making this road rocket one rare beast. When you consider the original $80K+ sale price, the E500 was no modest effort on the part of two great companies.

I acquired my silver E500 from the original owner and in outstanding condition. The later installed six-spokeĀ  Evo II wheels became a research mission in its own right but it was worth it; they added just the right attitude without conveying boy-racer pretensions. What a neat car – comfortable, fast, on rails. Only problem were the speeding tickets so off she went to a Colorado collector before I saw jail time.

Today, $20K gets you a good specimen, just under $30K a great one. So if you have Maserati Quattroporte or Taurus SHO fever, buy one of these instead!

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  1. My ’95 model E500 is just as you say.

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