Lot 235 - 1991 Mercedes-Benz 500E
|Odometer reading||192,625 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £20,000|
|Result||Sold - £16,240|
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 Mercedes-Benz 500E saloon was supplied new in the UK in August 1991 and was given the registration mark CRC 1, in February 1992. It was purchased by the well-known comedian, actor and historic racing driver Rowan Atkinson; he sold this 500E to the last owner in June 1994. This car has a full-service history with over thirty stamps in the service book and continuation book. Recently the car has been to the subject to cosmetic work having the rear wings repaired, fitted with two new front wings and then repainted. Finished in silver with grey cloth interior, this Mercedes-Benz 500E is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in February 2018, a complete handbook pack, original sales brochure and a large history file containing old registration documents, old MoT test certificates going back to 1994 and 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.