Mercedes-Benz 500 E.
Anyone in the know will already be slavering at this model designation: launched in 1990, 25 years ago, the Mercedes-Benz 500 E with V8 engine and subtly muscular body is the top-of-the-range model in the 124 model series – and has long been one of the brand’s most desirable ‘young classic’ models.
A modest appearance, at first glance – this is one side of the Mercedes-Benz 500 E. Only the somewhat more voluminous wings, the slightly lower body and a modified front apron with inset fog lamps differentiate it from the other models in the 124 series. But then there’s the engine: eight cylinders in a ‘V’ configuration, a displacement of 5 litres, 326 hp (240 kW) of power. All of which makes this saloon something of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It takes just 6.1 seconds for the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h, while the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h – performance figures worthy of a sports car.