Rowan Atkinson’s Mercedes-Benz 500E is up for sale

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by Tom Harrison | Apr 9, 2019
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Looks like an ordinary W124 Mercedes E-Class, but isn’t. The 500E was a very special thing indeed—a limited-production, V8-powered super-sedan developed and built in collaboration with none other than Porsche.

It had the 5.0-liter V8 from the SL of the day, giving around 320hp and 0-100kph in less than six seconds. Supposedly the 500E was also among the first cars to have its top speed limited to 155mph (250kph), in-line with an agreement between all the big, German car manufacturers.

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As well as messing about with the chassis to make the V8 fit, Porsche re-did the suspension (lowering the car by an inch in the process), added Recaro seats, a subtle bodykit with flared wheel arches and fitted bigger brakes. It was also recruited to actually build the 500E—a decision made when Mercedes realized the car’s flared arches made it too wide to fit down the normal W124 production line.

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