100 Cars That Changed History

WDBEA36E8NB7623161992 Mercedes-Benz 500E (W124.036), front right” by Mr.choppersOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


70. Mercedes-Benz 500E 1990-1994 Germany

The 500E or E500 is a high performance version of Mercedes-Benz’s E Series. Designed and produced in close cooperation with Porsche, the 500E was a luxury executive car on the outside and a bad ass sports car on the inside. For this distinction, it was branded a “wolf in sheep’s clothes” by the press. The car had to be transported back and forth from Mercedes’s manufacturing plant to Porsche’s during production. The process of producing a 500E took 18 days to complete. Capable of impressing the Board of Directors of the company and doing 0-60mph in under 6 seconds, this car has earned respect in the executive and sports car classes. The diabolical creation was only produced for four short years.


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