Mercedes-Benz 500 E (W 124)
ALL TIME STARS® is the vehicle trading platform of Mercedes-Benz Classic. In accordance with the manufacturer’s standards, we offer selected classic cars, both young and old, for sale. Whether a fully restored 300 SL roadster in as-new condition or a „Stroke 8“ saloon with traces of everyday wear, they have one thing in common: 12-month warranty – the seal of quality from ALL TIME STARS®. It is our pleasure, with this 500 (W 124), to present to you a vehicle from the Collectors Edition that meets all the criteria of a collectable classic car.
In October 1990, the automotive world was in for a sensation as Mercedes-Benz unveiled the new top model of the W 124 series. The five-litre V8 engine (M 119) from the 500 SL (R 129) made for mighty forward propulsion. With 326 hp and 480 Nm, the saloon followed in the footsteps of the W 109 280 SEL 6.3 and W 116 450 SEL 6.9: a saloon with the performance of a sports car.
Visually, the 500 E was recognisable as such only at second glance, its exterior distinguishing features being its subtly flared wings, fog lights integrated in the front apron and 16-inch 8-hole light-alloy wheels. This restraint was doubtless one of the success factors, with a total of 10,479 vehicles being built by the end of production in April 1995. There was also great enthusiasm over the 500 E in Zuffenhausen – probably not just because of the vehicle’s spectacular performance, but also because bodyshell production and final assembly took place at Porsche’s main plant in Zuffenhausen. It was a joint collaboration that benefited both manufacturers.
The pearl grey W 124 on offer here was ordered from the Mercedes-Benz branch in Augsburg and built in October 1992. On 16 September 1993, the saloon was registered for the first time in Austria, initially in Innsbruck and later with the second owner in Vienna. The 500 E remained in the country until being deregistered on 26 February 2015, when it was bought by a Belgian who imported the vehicle into Belgium in November 2015 without, however, registering it.
Our measurements reveal that the Mercedes-Benz W 124 has never been repainted. The vehicle comes with a complete on-board folder with service record (reissue from 2015), owner’s manual and full tool kit. In addition, there are various invoices for 2004 to 2011 to document the mileage. Further workshop documents from 2015 show the current mileage.
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291 = Driver’s and Co-driver’s Airbag
300 = Storage box
412 = Electric sliding roof
441 = Steering column, electrically adjustable
540 = Roller blind, electric, for rear window
570 = Folding armrest front
620 = Emission Control System
682 = Fire extinguisher
Beginning in autumn 1992, the update for the 124 series was rolled out uniformly six months later. In a world first, the four-valve technology was now used for diesel models as well. The new technology guaranteed not just increased torque and performance across a significantly larger engine speed range, but also allowed for a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 8 percent at full throttle. Particulate exhaust emissions were also reduced (by around 30 percent) thanks to the optimised combustion cycle. Only the five- and six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine were converted to four-valve technology. The 2.0-litre four cylinder unit and both the turbocharged engines remained on two valves per cylinder. For the four-valve diesel models, fresh-air intake was provided via vents on the right front wing, as was already the case on the turbo diesel models. In order to improve environmental compatibility, from June 1993 onwards all diesel models in the 124 series were fitted with exhaust gas recirculation and oxidizing catalytic converter as standard. But the facelift programme was not just for the diesel models. The 2.8-litre six-cylinder engine, unveiled six months previously, was given a detail modification that, for once, was not motivated by technical considerations. In order to get the models affected into a lower band for motor insurance within Germany, the rated output was reduced from 145 kW to 142 kW.
As part of the changes begun in June 1993, all models in the 124 series were brought stylistically up to date by redesigning their bodywork and were modified in line with the other model series. The most distinctive feature of the updated models was the radiator grill, which was based on that of the S-Class. For this ‚integrated radiator‘, the chrome frame, which was relatively narrow in comparison to the previous version, was integrated harmoniously into the bonnet. The Mercedes three-pointed star was positioned on the bonnet, as it was on the S-Class saloons. Changes were also made to the light units. The front indicators were given transparent glass covers, while the tail lights had bichromatic covers, which for the indicators and reversing lights were a uniform white-grey. The orange of the front and rear indicators was produced by coloured bulbs. The boot lid was also given a makeover. The sharp edges on the upper surface were rounded off, and the forward-sloping surface between the tail lights now stood parallel to the rear end. A further change was the replacement of the continuous plastic handle strip with a chrome-plated handle on the upper endpiece of the number plate panel. Other changes were made to the wheels and bumpers. The steel disc wheels were given new hub caps with a six-hole design, and the bumper mouldings were now finished in the same colour as the mounted parts, while the rear bumper mouldings were extended to the wheel cutouts.
When the revised models went on sale in June 1993, the 124 series was also affected by the new nomenclature. In line with the S-Class and the new C-Class, the medium class was now called the E-Class, and the model designations followed a modified system. This involved a letter designating the vehicle’s class preceding a three-digit number which, as before, was based on engine capacity. The E for Einspritzmotor (injection engine) was no longer needed, as carburettor engines were now a thing of the past. As for the body variant, that was quite obvious just from looking at the vehicle, so the C and T coding was also allowed to lapse. For the diesel models, the D that had been used up till then was replaced by the word Diesel or Turbodiesel after the figures. So under the new rules, the 300 D, for example, was designated as E 300 Diesel. The word DIESEL on the right of the boot lid could be removed at the customer’s request, as could the entire model plate.
With the introduction of the new nomenclature, the 400 E was renamed E 420 to reflect its actual capacity. In addition to the model designation, two technical details had also changed. The standard equipment of the E 420 now included 16-inch alloy wheels with an eight-hole design and wide 215/55 ZR 16 tyres. And the front wheels brakes were replaced with the larger brakes found on the SL models.
In June 1995, two years after the last comprehensive remodelling programme, the E-Class saloons of the 210 series were unveiled as the successors to the 124 series. Production of the ‚old‘ E-Class saloons ended shortly thereafter (between June and August 1995 depending on the model). The 4MATIC models and the E 500 had already been discontinued in March and April respectively. A special position was held by the E 250 Diesel and E 220 models, for which up until June 1996 CKD parts kits continued to be produced and sent to Pune in India for assembly. During the eleven-year manufacturing period, a total of 2,213,167 saloons, 2,342 extended wheelbase saloons and 6,398 chassis with part-bodies for special conversions were produced.