There is no doubt that the Mercedes-Benz 500 was an iconic piece of machinery for the tuners of modification nerds.
As one of the most modified of the Mercedes-Benz lineup, as well as the most rare, this executive car was quite unique. Though easily distinguished thanks to its aggressive design, you’ll be lucky if you see one of these cruising around today.
A Short History of the Mercedes-Benz 500e
Design for the Mercedes-Benz 500e began in 1989. Though labeled a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, it was actually created in close collaboration with a group of Porsche, as the Mercedes-Benz group became too busy with the S-Class at the time. The idea was to redesign the popular W124 chassis and throw a V-8 inside it for extra speed. 1990 saw the first release of the 500e in Germany.
Technology and Innovations of the Mercedes-Benz 500e – a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
The Mercedes-Benz 500e utilized a 5.0L and four-speed automatic transmission. It had a top speed of 160mph at redline and 17 mpg rating on the highway, which is pretty low for today’s standards. It was only available in left hand drive and had Recaro leather seats with heated front seats.
A Lifetime in Three Years
The first Mercedes-Benz 500e was released in 1991. It came with the aforementioned 5.0L V-8 engine and sturdy SL components, including four-piston calipers and SL 500 300 mm disks. In the 1993 and 1994 models, the cars came with an upgrade utilizing 320 mm disks. The U.S. model came with a dealer-installed CD player and changer, as well as an integrated cellular phone.
By the end of its life, the track had grown 1.5 inches wider and the top was .9 inches lower. Ironically enough, and little known to most, 120 more of these were produced in total secrecy in 1995 for a few special-request customers. They carried an upgraded sound system and larger front and rear brakes.
The Mercedes-Benz 500e in the News
In recent Mercedes-Benz 500e news, Rowan Atkinson, most famously known as Mr. Bean, is putting his 1991 Mercedes-Benz 500e up for auction. It is just one of 29 500e models that hit the UK before the model got a major facelift. Check out his Mercedes-Benz 500e and the rest of his car collection below!
Celebrity Endorsements of the Mercedes-Benz 500e
As rare as the 500e is, there are still quite a few celebrities who have gotten their hands on one. Those top-notch celebrities include Rowan Atkinson (who is now selling his), Tim Allen, and of course, the master car collector himself, Jay Leno.
Best Mercedes-Benz 500e Groups
Finding a legitimate group for a rare car model can be difficult. Lucky for 500e owners, there is a large forum-based group known as 500eboard where 500e owners and enthusiasts can get together and discuss their favorite vehicle.
The Mercedes-Benz 500e – a Warrior in Luxury
The Four Door Porsche. The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. The list goes on and on when it comes to the nicknames for this unusual and special Mercedes-Benz model. With a limited number of these bad boys out on the market, they are somewhat of a modern classic for Mercedes-Benz lovers out there.