The W124-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class models remained in production for over a decade and amongst the most desirable versions of this body style were the 500 E and E 500 models. Designed and produced with assistance from Porsche, it boasted a 4,973-cc engine capable of propelling it from 0–100 km/h in just 6.1 seconds onto a top speed of 260 km/h.
This example is one of only 1,735 built for the 1994 model year, the penultimate year of production. Imported to Switzerland from Japan just over two years ago, this E500 is menacing in black over black leather. It appears as if a previous owner installed some tasteful updates to make it look like an E60 AMG, including fitting E60 badging to the boot lid, six-spoke AMG wheels and a dual exhaust at the rear. Japanese stickers found in the engine bay confirm its 5.0-litre engine capacity. Optional extras include air conditioning, a sunroof and heated front seats.
Well regarded for their stately looks, bulletproof reliability and impressive performance, this is an excellent modern classic for any enthusiast looking to purchase their first collectable car.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa19.