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Autotrader Find: 1994 Mercedes-Benz E500 With 377,000 Miles


Most Porsche enthusiasts are familiar with the Mercedes-Benz 500E, later called the E500, and Porsche’s connection to it. In the 1990s, when Porsche was struggling with poor sales and little cash, the brand took on a project for Mercedes: Porsche would build a high-performance version of Mercedes’ “W124” E-Class sedan, stuffing in the 5.0-liter V8 from the 500SL and rearranging the car’s front suspension to make it work. From then on, this model was always known as the Porsche-built Mercedes.

As a result of this interesting collaboration, the 500E/E500 (the named changed for the 1994 model year to coincide with a general renaming of Mercedes-Benz models to stick the letter first) has always been sought after by enthusiasts — and this 1994 example is precisely what they’re looking for. It’s unmodified, the interior remains flawless and it looks to be in nice shape, with only one interesting noteworthy point: It’s traveled 377,000 miles.

Yes, that’s right: This Porsche-built classic Mercedes has made it nearly 400,000 miles, and now it’s for sale on Autotrader. It’s offered by a private seller in Torrance, California, south of Los Angeles, and it truly does look flawless, with a gorgeous interior and a clean, shiny body. The seller notes the miles are “mostly highway,” which is believable given the car’s condition.

Unfortunately, the pricing is high: The seller is asking $37,000, which is a lot for a 25-year-old Mercedes-Benz. But prices of these Porsche-built 500E/E500 models have been shooting up lately, commensurate with the rise in classic Porsche pricing — and we may look back on this car, someday, as a surprisingly good deal.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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