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The Mercedes-Benz W124 remains one of the most important models the German automaker produced in recent times. Built from 1984 until 1995, it was the first Mercedes mid-size luxury sedan to be called the E-Class, a moniker that's still very much around today. During its long lifetime, a sizable list of variants appeared, and one of the most famous and coveted was the 500E, later renamed E 500.
Launched in 1991 and partially developed and hand-built for Mercedes by Porsche, the 500E was powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 generating 322 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. Top speed was 161.6 mph and its 0-60 mph sprint time of 5.5 seconds was only slightly slower than the Ferrari Testarossa. Only one transmission was offered, a four-speed automatic.
But it was in 1994 when Mercedes took the 500E formula a big step further with the E60 AMG.
The 5.0-liter was dropped in favor of a 6.0-liter V8 topping off at 381 hp enabling a 0-60 mph time of 5.3 seconds. Along with the bigger and more powerful engine, it featured special 17-inch Evo-II alloy wheels, and an uprated AMG sports suspension and twin outlet exhaust system. The brakes and bodywork were the same as that of the 500E, as both featured flared front and rear wheel arches along with even bigger front bumpers compared to the regular W124 as well as fog lights. Dark maple trim could be found inside and a few examples had a Sportline two-tone interior.
But it was the 957 Technology Package designation, or "AMG Technik Paket" if you prefer, in the VIN that officially signified the sedan's status as the more powerful E60. What's interesting is that nobody knows for sure just how many E60s were built through 1995. The best estimates are somewhere between 100 and 150 examples.
Regardless, the E60 is extremely rare and this recently restored example is now up for sale on Biposto.gmbh. This silver exterior and black interior E60 has only 1,430 miles on its clock which is highly impressive considering its age and the fact it's had three previous owners. The many years of proper upkeep can clearly be seen inside and out. The complete restoration was done in recent years as well and it's never been in an accident.
The price? The asking amount is 199,900 euros or about $216,000 according to the latest exchange rates. Just to compare, today's Mercedes-AMG E63 carries a starting a price tag of $107,000 and is far more powerful with a total of 603 hp on hand. Still, anyone at any time can walk into a Mercedes dealership and order one, which was never possible with the E60. Something like this doesn't come up for sale often so if you're interested and have the funds available, it's probably smart to act fast.