– 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500 E, the range-topper of the W 124 series
– originally delivered to Switzerland
– mighty 5.0 litre V8 engine offering 240 kW (326 hp) of power and automatic gearbox
– power sunroof, power windows, electric rear window shade, cruise control
– electrically adjustable, heated seats, climate control, centre armrest, car alarm
– original Becker Mexico 2000 radio on board
– fully stamped service booklet and data card available
– new water pump and wishbones, vehicle recently serviced
– 18″ AMG alloy wheels
– Swiss registration documents
Even a hugely successful car series needs to be replaced eventually, so the Mercedes W 123, a volume seller with over 2.7 million units, was superseded by the W 124 in 1984. For the next decade and more, this Mercedes defined the standard for mid-size luxury cars. The styling came from Bruno Sacco, and engineering as well as build quality were nothing short of excellent – so much so, that its fans have taken to nicknaming the W 124 “the last true Mercedes”. Despite its somewhat box-shaped lines with the prominent radiator grille, typical for Mercedes cars of its era, the W 124 actually had a very low drag coefficient of 0.28 (with slim tyres).
A wide selection of engines was available: petrol engines with 4, 6 or 8 cylinders and diesel engines with 4, 5 or 6 cylinders. Apart from the sedan, which was by far the most common body style, there were also station wagons (as of 1985), coupés (1987) and convertibles (1991), as well as rare long-wheelbase variants. The W 124 was facelifted in 1989 and then again in 1993, when the name “E-Class” was introduced. A less known fact is that the range-topping 500 E was developed in cooperation with Porsche and was – apart from the body shell – assembled at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen plant, with 10,479 units built. Overall production numbers of the W 124 reached almost the level of its predecessor, totalling 2,562,143 vehicles.