Lot 285 - 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E Saloon
|Odometer reading||209,423 km|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £19,000|
|Result||Sold - £13,200|
From 1990 to 1995, Mercedes-Benz sold a high-performance version of the W124, the Mercedes-Benz 500E. It was created in close co-operation with Porsche; each one being hand-built by Porsche and transported back and forth between the Mercedes-Benz plant and Porsche's Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany during assembly, with a full 18 days being taken to complete each car. The 500E had a naturally aspirated 5.0L, V8 engine derived from the 500SL (R129) and braking performance also came from SL components. The 500E was manufactured as a four seat saloon and in lefthand drive only. The leather seats were supplied by Recaro with the fronts being electrically operated and heated. Called the 'Wolf in Sheep's Clothing' by the press, performance tests of the day yielded impressive results with 0-62 mph times of 5.5 to 6.0 seconds. The top speed was 161.5mph with the engine speed limited to 6000rpm. With its aggressive stance, 1.5 inch wider track, lower profile, flared wheel arches, side skirts, front air-dam and wider tyres, the 500E is easily distinguished from its lesser brethren.
This superb 1992 500E has had three owners from new; the first owner had the car fully maintained by a top Mercedes-Benz main dealer in Germany where the car was originally registered. The second owner, Mr Peter Rutt, was a well known amateur Porsche 911S racer and he had the car serviced by the racing team who looked after his racing cars; he was also responsible for importing the 500E to the UK in 2012. The last service was carried out recently by Autobahn Car & Commercial in Blackburn and the vendor had the air conditioning system overhauled and has fitted four new Continental tyres. Finished in black, this car was supplied new with a number of optional extras which included black leather seats, electric rear blind, electric steering and twin air bags. It also comes supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in July 2016, the complete original handbook/service book pack and a file of invoices. Because of its look, limited numbers, hand-built construction at Porsche and its unique pedigree, the 500E is already considered a 'classic' - even within Mercedes-Benz - and this therefore represents an ideal opportunity to acquire a very special car.