The W124 Mercedes 500E was the world's most perfect sedan | Revelations with Jason Cammisa | Ep. 05

There are a lot of misconceptions about the Porsche-built W124 Mercedes 500E, and Jason explains why the 500E and E500 was NOT a Porsche sports sedan with a Mercedes badge. First off, there's not a single Porsche part on the car.

Porsche Engineering Services helped with reengineering the W124's engine compartment to fit in the 32-valve, 4-cam M119 V-8 - for both the 400E and the 500E.

But the 500E doesn't use the same V-8 as the 500SL. It needed shorter connecting rods so that it fit in the same physical space as the 4.2-liter 400E - this way only one structural variant needed to be produced.

The 400E was a response to the Lexus LS400. Why do you think it wasn't called a 420E?

Porsche also did the engineering to bolt up wheels, tires, brakes, and suspension components from the wider and heavier R129 500SL and W124 500SEL. That necessitated fender flares so wide that the 500E didn't fit down the regular W124 production line in Sindelfingen.

For both models, Porsche performed the physical modifications to Mercedes-built W124 chassis, and sent them back to Sindelfingen for paint. The 400E remained there, but because of its width, the 500E was sent back to Porsche, which assembled the 500E at a second Zuffenhausen factory.

With Bruno Sacco's revolutionary looks, aerodynamics, obsession with safety, and Mercedes build quality and engineering might, the W124 was certainly among the best (and most expensive) sedans in the world.

Still is. It's close to perfect. But it's not a Porsche Sports Sedan.


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  1. Larry The lobster

    Larry The lobster

    7 саат мурун

    Nigga, this is e500 not 500e. That's like calling a 325i and i325.... 🤦🏻‍♂️

  2. Benchmark


    11 саат мурун

    I wish if you could same video for Bmw E60 M5 V10.

  3. Roger Smith

    Roger Smith

    15 саат мурун

    I had the pleasure of briefly driving one of these years ago. It was the most refined rocket I’ve ever been in.

  4. Grandecapo PallaPesante

    Grandecapo PallaPesante

    17 саат мурун

    The ugliest Mercedes ever made.

  5. Gumnaam Aadmi

    Gumnaam Aadmi

    20 саат мурун

    I had the opportunity to buy this car in 2003 (I was the second owner) and it was such a joy to drive. It was hugely misunderstood as a car, and had an army of critics who mocked everything about it. All I can say is that it was way ahead for it's time.

  6. FlatLine Studios

    FlatLine Studios

    20 саат мурун

    I have owned 3 w124, 2 with a inline 4, and one with the first gen Benz v6, which had a dual ignition system. Everyone always gets a kick out of our monowiper. But for me, it was 4 wheel disk, performance suspension, and the posh interior. (now a days they are under 4k for used and running 90's 124, still getting good fuel economy)

  7. Ishaan


    22 саат мурун

    Usse kilometres too. Rest of the world doesn't understand cheeseburgers/rate of fire of gun.

  8. Gallina Blanca

    Gallina Blanca

    Күн мурун

    You said "The world's most perfect sedan" but didn't follow up with "e38". I'm confused.

  9. Sascha Rissling

    Sascha Rissling

    Күн мурун

    My great-grandfather had a white one. This video sparks the childhood-feels

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  11. LevAgency


    Күн мурун

    13:42 Does anyone else think this guy could play "Q" on Star Trek TNG?

  12. TripleBlack


    Күн мурун

    Wanted one decades ago. Still do

  13. Philipp Bretzler

    Philipp Bretzler

    Күн мурун

    Perfect? Maybe. But so ugly! The front lamps looks like Aquariums. Plump.

  14. MrBrainneeded


    Күн мурун

    they still run today like fresh from the fabric

  15. Abhi Verma

    Abhi Verma

    Күн мурун

    Would probably own one too rn but I doubt it's possible with all the regs in place.

  16. martin martin

    martin martin

    Күн мурун

    2:40 colonnade style american car of the mid '70 was not the norm worldwide . No more aero in the rest of the world but not as dysfunctional on several aspects.

  17. Alex J

    Alex J

    2 күн мурун

    I miss my W126 380SE so much. That was a beast!

  18. spitzndtruth 1

    spitzndtruth 1

    2 күн мурун

    Fantastic video! Interesting insightful and to the point... love the end of the video I was hopeful for something along those lines and got it! Job well done.

  19. Rockmelvar - Topic

    Rockmelvar - Topic

    2 күн мурун

    you should make a video about the saab 900, it has a similar story behind it

  20. Don Berry

    Don Berry

    2 күн мурун

    I was so involved with federalizing these Euro spec cars loved them. Lexus owners are old and cheap. imho

  21. soisun


    2 күн мурун

    "Most perfect"...? Or "perfect", or "most..." whatever you want... Learn the language, idiot.

  22. KlausM54


    2 күн мурун

    LOL. In Germany a Volkswagen Golf is considered comapct and a MINI subcompact.

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    Armin Bubić

    2 күн мурун


  24. Alexander Cell

    Alexander Cell

    2 күн мурун

    You are awesome mate

  25. Micheal C Nyoka

    Micheal C Nyoka

    2 күн мурун

    Porsche has always known how to make cars💯

  26. Adrian Carter

    Adrian Carter

    3 күн мурун

    Hagerty has scored with Jason. Superb narrative, humour and videography. Jason has scored also with this great platform.

  27. brostelio


    3 күн мурун

    This gave my the shivers. What a beautiful automotive era that was. Great video.

  28. Kiraj Pathan

    Kiraj Pathan

    3 күн мурун

    The introduction is amazing I m subscribing your channel please go a bit slow it's bit hard to understand with that accent 👍

  29. ricky v

    ricky v

    3 күн мурун

    I remember having the opportunity to buy one of these in 2002 for $6,000 or around there. I didn't do it because I was concerned with Mercedes Benz reliability. Then a few years later I bought a W124 with an inline 6 and never had one issue with the car. That was when I realized the mistake I had made. That 500e would have been a way better car to own. Lessons we learn in life.

  30. Elias Rabadi

    Elias Rabadi

    3 күн мурун

    Jason you’re a auto journalism genius god bless you!

  31. Robert Baker

    Robert Baker

    3 күн мурун

    must have never heard of the e39 M5.

  32. ronald whittaker

    ronald whittaker

    3 күн мурун

    its a vanilla refrigerator box

  33. Abdulhameed Al-Sikafi

    Abdulhameed Al-Sikafi

    3 күн мурун

    The first car I ever drove when I was 12....absolutely solid as hell.

  34. Djallel Derbal

    Djallel Derbal

    3 күн мурун

    Jon Cryer and Adam Sandler had a child, his name is : Jason Cammisa !

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    4 күн мурун

    That's just purely an ad!!!

  38. Scott A

    Scott A

    4 күн мурун

    I would race it against my 2017 Chevrolet SS Sedan (built 2013-17 ONLY) and would handily beat the Mercedes in ALL categories. However, for the few years that the E500/500E was built, it was an AMAZING performance sedan. Great videography by Jason, as usual!

  39. September 22 2036

    September 22 2036

    4 күн мурун

    we call this the Albanian Mercedes cause all the Albanian gang bosses would ride one.

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  41. K D

    K D

    4 күн мурун

    Delicious. Gorgeous. Fender flares. 🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵

  42. kuladeeluxe


    4 күн мурун

    seems to me you left out the AMG Hammer

  43. brakmaster


    4 күн мурун

    And now I want one. Damn you Jason.

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    4 күн мурун

    When the Automotive Editor of the Arizona Republic was done with his early evaluations of the 500E, he returned it to a representative appointed by Mercedes-Benz LA region in Phoenix to be held for its next press professional to play with. On a particular Friday afternoon, that was ME! As the Parts & Service Manager for Phoenix Motor company I was a "logical choice." Besides, I lived three blocks from said AR editor and could walk over and pick it up. With a weekend ahead and no one expecting its return until Monday morning, my imagination went into overdrive! With wife not yet appreciating what she was riding in, I headed for the Vulture Mine Road northwest of town. Twisting and turning through the scrub desert with no cliffs, no guard rails, no radar, and NO TRAFFIC, I proceeded to use it like it was meant to be used. Thrill of a lifetime. The end of this clip brought back those fabulous memories. Thanks to all who put this together, because--quite incredibly--they got the whole thing exactly right.

  46. lpg12338


    5 күн мурун

    Outstanding video!

  47. Radosvet Nikolov

    Radosvet Nikolov

    5 күн мурун

    I have a w140 S500 with the same engine and it.... is....... amazing! 25 y/o engine with almost 200k miles and it is clean as a whistle, not a single drop of oil anywhere. M119 in my opinion is the greatest engine ever made.

  48. Funky Monk

    Funky Monk

    5 күн мурун

    Before, he said the m5 e39 was the best sedan ever.

  49. Matt Tagintsev

    Matt Tagintsev

    5 күн мурун

    Next up: thw w123 300TD is the world's most perfect wagon.

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    Lambda Citizen

    5 күн мурун

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    Mubaris Hussain

    5 күн мурун

    Lexus ls430 and ls400. Ftw

  53. Alden peng

    Alden peng

    5 күн мурун

    I now know more why someone said back then "if he did not own this car he will never die" .

  54. Andrew Reil

    Andrew Reil

    5 күн мурун

    Watching this made me very melancholy. He's right. They really used to mean engineering like no other car on Earth.

  55. Safeer Jaffer

    Safeer Jaffer

    6 күн мурун

    That driving bit was the cherry on top of one of the finest pieces of automotive content I've seen in a while.

  56. Arwah Sapi

    Arwah Sapi

    6 күн мурун

    W124 is the longest lasting model Mercedes has ever made.

  57. admin omhfoz

    admin omhfoz

    6 күн мурун

    is this adam sadler?

  58. Kyle Lopez

    Kyle Lopez

    6 күн мурун

    I love this

  59. Boštjan Erjavec

    Boštjan Erjavec

    6 күн мурун

    And what do you think of selfdriving cars?

  60. Richard S.

    Richard S.

    6 күн мурун

    The 500e had a major flaw that's not mentioned here, recirculating ball steering. It sucked big time, because the rest of the car was so good.

  61. Christian A

    Christian A

    6 күн мурун

    Still is the most perfect sedan !

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  63. vetrakras


    6 күн мурун

    Good work!

  64. --


    7 күн мурун


  65. Henriikka Keskinen

    Henriikka Keskinen

    7 күн мурун

    My first W124 was a 1987 taxi 200D. I got it when it had 700,000 km in the meter. It no longer passed exhaust testing at 1,100,000 km so I had to let it go. Tried something else, got diasppointed, and went back for nostalgia. My second W124 was a 1991 230 CE. So much fun but not the most convenient car in the Subarctic winter. It failed me last winter, at thirty years of age. It didn't need to wait for repair for long. I got an offer for it at the parking lot. It's still going. The new owner sends me pictures! I think I'm done now. It's time. If someone calls it the world's most perfect car, though, I've got no qualms with that :>

  66. Snoopy


    7 күн мурун

    Insert LS400.

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  68. Charl Kitching

    Charl Kitching

    7 күн мурун

    Watched this vid some time ago, thought it was brilliant, informative and entertaining. Love the car, the W124s were probably the best sedans ever made. A clean example will still turn heads today. The 500e and AMG Hammer were legends in their own lifetimes. And yes it is the world's most perfect sedan.

  69. oO0L4CH0Oo


    7 күн мурун

    That was nice Bro 😎👍🏽

  70. NithiSh JVJ

    NithiSh JVJ

    7 күн мурун

    Masterpiece of a Sedan Half a century old and all that work, still speaks for itself

  71. Freddy Mandry

    Freddy Mandry

    7 күн мурун

    Bmw is the best

  72. Episteme 666

    Episteme 666

    7 күн мурун

    someone clearly never heard of the name alfa romeo.

  73. Mustafa Hameed

    Mustafa Hameed

    7 күн мурун

    Even I didn't knew that ! But since ever I always considered this particular car the best of all.time to me ❤️ What a great suggestion from KGkey 😍

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    O HP

    8 күн мурун

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  75. Rob Geronimo

    Rob Geronimo

    8 күн мурун

    Driving like an idiot.

  76. vinee n

    vinee n

    8 күн мурун

    Still a gem of a design and performance, wish mercedes would do this again

  77. Хмурый Кот

    Хмурый Кот

    8 күн мурун

    It cant be perfect because there is better version of it - w124 e60 😉

  78. Modiene KANE

    Modiene KANE

    8 күн мурун

    Bobby Rahal had one

  79. This is Important!

    This is Important!

    8 күн мурун

    This dude look like Adam Sandler + Ben Affleck

  80. The Fort

    The Fort

    8 күн мурун

    I would like to disagree……….Toyota Camry is the only perfect sedan.

  81. Sevanity


    8 күн мурун

    Economy is the problem, engines shouldn´t last long... why would you buy a new car if your´s still running?

  82. Cesar's Photography

    Cesar's Photography

    8 күн мурун

    wow impressive info. I didn't know any of this stuff, cool.

  83. yves2075


    8 күн мурун

    ...and the world's most perfect convertible? The sister, the R129.

  84. Stefan Vasilev

    Stefan Vasilev

    8 күн мурун

    BMW E34 M is far more superior! Sorry MB! And BMW made it by self, in contrast with MB wich needed huge help from Porsche to make car competitor to M5.

  85. SHΔRΩΠ


    8 күн мурун

    The W124 was the last of the bullet proof Mercs, no Mercedes has been built to last like these were since. My dad was best friends with the managing director of Spar Trucks which was a Mercedes dealership back in the day and he got my dad the first 300D on the road in Britain, every now and then it was used for road tests for interested buyers as it was fully loaded and in Ice Diamond Blue which was a popular colour then. 👌👌👌

  86. xo


    8 күн мурун

    what years are best?

  87. El Cid

    El Cid

    8 күн мурун

    Owner of a 1995 E200, Im gettin older but young girls still want to satisfy my needs. :D

  88. Jerome Atkins

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    9 күн мурун

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  89. samurai1833


    9 күн мурун

    I traded in my 2006 E500 for a 2013 S550 way back when, I would have kept the E but the family out grew it.

    • samurai1833


      9 күн мурун

      Just remembered why though, the friggin wiring was covered by Soybean plastic which began to degrade with age, changing one headlight was going to be astronomical in cost and effort and there was no telling what other electrical gremlins were lurking in the body!

  90. Rose White

    Rose White

    9 күн мурун

    Rubbish video done in the dark! Light the effing car !

  91. smiling jack

    smiling jack

    9 күн мурун

    it broke down a lot. it needed constant maintenance. it drank like a sailor on shore leave. it has a shitty gearbox. its not rocket science to stick a big engine in a little car and stiffen up the suspension. that is why Lexus make the most perfect sedans of all time. Lexus - like a merc but actually work and dont break down.

  92. LeGoogle Chrome

    LeGoogle Chrome

    9 күн мурун

    It's not too fat! It's perfectly THICC👌

  93. DarthInfimus


    9 күн мурун

    So what's a 500E go for 2021?

  94. John Paul

    John Paul

    9 күн мурун

    The car that will give you more service records of any car ever made. Perfect, no.

  95. anjoLas


    9 күн мурун

    basically, muricans drove bricks while we had this gems xD

  96. uros sagadin

    uros sagadin

    9 күн мурун

    The headquarters in Zuffenhausen (not Stuttgart) are the centre of the Porsche world.

  97. farzad sahibzada

    farzad sahibzada

    9 күн мурун

    Poor pursche working fpr mercedes just for money issues and they maked mercedes have a building of money by design of porsche.

  98. Lin the Feline

    Lin the Feline

    9 күн мурун

    LS400, best sedan ever.