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


1.6 ਮਿਲੀਅਨ ਦ੍ਰਿਸ਼190

    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.

    Subscribe to our PAprom channel for new videos every day!
    Visit our website for daily automotive news, cars stories, reviews, and opinion:
    Stay up to date by signing up for our email newsletters here:
    Talk to other car people on our community:
    Follow us on social media:
    Facebook | Hagerty
    Instagram | Hagerty
    Twitter | Hagerty
    If you love cars, you belong with us. Hagerty Drivers Club is the world’s largest community for automotive enthusiasts. Members enjoy valuable automotive discounts, exclusive events and experiences, roadside service created specifically for collector vehicles, and a subscription to the bimonthly Hagerty Drivers Club magazine. Join Hagerty Drivers Club here:
    Like what you see? Watch our other series including:
    Redline Rebuild | Engine Time-lapse videos from start to finish
    Barn Find Hunter | Tom Cotter searches the country for abandoned cars
    Chip Foose Draws a Car | Reimagining popular cars with new designs
    Contact us:
    Suggest and feedback -
    Press inquiries -
    Partnership requests -

    ਨੂੰ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਸ਼ਿਤ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ 21 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


    1. Ghoosh Wen

      I love boxy car design

    2. Andy Hills

      Two words Vauxhalls lotus carlton.

    3. Terence Cheng

      Perfect in the making, also for your mechanic

    4. Cesar Abraham

      My Dad had the 300E 1986, He bought it brand new , This car is indeed the perfect 4 door sedan, built like a tank, straight 6 engine, german engineering at it's finest, very comfortable ride, My dad donated the car in 2015 with 267K miles . Lots of memories

    5. dbernstein85

      Haha silly video everyone knows the e38 was the greatest sedan

    6. Tony Curtis Blondell

      Best car video, lol

    7. Simon F

      Cute dressing gown.

    8. Mohammad Al Fattal

      Mercedes was the best by miles and miles ahead of anyone Now you can argue about it being still the best, but barely

    9. Gene Smith

      GO to the source- Buy a PORSCHE.

    10. Siddhesh Mhatre

      Great film. 400E and 500E are still gorgeous even today.


      Very good video

    12. no taboos

      No airbags. Instantly obsolete.

    13. LoneWolfSigma

      Mercedes today..Bring your wallet for repairs. Lexus reliability is far superior than Mercedes. If you love having your wallet raped. to FIT IN with the Mercedes and BMWs....and that is just for them to scan your vehicle with their special scan tools.

    14. Pistonburner

      Perfect? That old automatic transmission alone makes it totally impossible.

    15. Sgt. Tom

      It came up on the right side as proposition. Man ow man, it was so good that i just clicked full screen mode, sat back and watched to the last second. It reminded me of good old times of holy trinity, the top gear. Hats off.

    16. marshalllucky

      what if you got a popped tire? what then?

    17. AeRoTR

      I could not stop watching, very good job !

    18. josava1

      It’s Right up there with the GOAT - Lexus Ls400

    19. Tim Tv Please

      Very enjoyable video. Glad it came out of no where to Me. Feeling confident sitting in my Sprinter!

    20. Parvez A K Khan

      My all time favourite W123 and W124

    21. bozukbeyin

      This is great content man! Thank you.

    22. Michael Davidson

      Can the mexican presenting the video wear normal clothes and quit the classical music

    23. Math is not for the faint of heart

      And then Lexus came with the LS400. Boy, were they upset at MB, Audi and BMW. But I do admit that the Kathedral (W140) demands respect

    24. Alisio Rocchi

      Born an investor, always an investor. I don't know who needs to hear this but stop saving all your money. Invest some of it if you want financial freedom.

      1. Liliana Tarantini

        @Cora Harrison Thanks for this I do love to reach out to him too.. That's you just convinced me and am doing this thanks a lot.

      2. Liliana Tarantini

        @Cora Harrison How can I reach out to this man please 🙏🏽.

      3. Cora Harrison

        @Liz House Isn't that awesome! This man change my life lol. I was able to pay off my mortgage. I've made over $300,000 from his platform since this pandemic started

      4. Liz House

        @Phillip Black Yeah I've been trading with Mr Alexander Jacob when I was still a student I really went a long way to help me pay my tuition.

      5. Phillip Black

        @Sophia Terry Wow I know Mr Alexander Jacob. I met him at a conference in carlifornia 2019 where he introduced us his business strategy, he helped me cover my student loans.

    25. Tom Cunningham

      He looks like Jimmy kimmel

    26. C S


    27. Patriotic Indus

      HAGERTY is the best channel on PAprom

    28. Mark Lydon

      An Italian obsessed with safety????? That must have been a one off.

    29. sexphisto


    30. gRosh08

      Well Done Hagerty!

    31. Khanya Luthando Ngobo

      I don't dispute its a great car, but really Mercedes fan boys.. You have to give credit where it's due, Porsche designed and engineered the engine and portions of the body, only Porsche and Audi has the most Le Mans wins, this engine won the PE Mans because it's a Porsche engineered engine not Mercedes. Between Merc, Audi and BMW.. Audi will forever have the better engines. Though this is an impeccable car but give credit where it's due honesty won't kill

    32. Al Ks Mercedes

      You don’t know it in till you try it

    33. Norse Viking Æsir

      Too bad the driving footage was shite, rigid mount the camera next time so people can appreciate body roll, etc..

    34. nestoavila

      Lol Derek Tamhyphen Scott lol

    35. Norse Viking Æsir

      I want to see it in an actual wind tunnel and come up with that coefficient of drag.

    36. mercedesbenzformula1

      One of my favorite cars ever!

    37. Hemo A.H.

      drove the w124 300e for college. Brilliant and still holds up but be prepared for insane bills.

    38. Geri

      I have a w124 250D and all i can say is the more i try other new cars the more im convinced of what masterpiece they have built.

    39. Wefixanything

      Next one is BMW e60..

    40. Q

      I had one. Yes the best ever built.

    41. Peter Forte

      I want!!!

    42. Shrek Wazowski


    43. zoomer46 zoomer46

      to be honest when i drove an 500e w124 i thought it felt a bit slow, later on i got a s210 e55 which felt way faster, 500e an over hyped saloon in my opinion.

    44. JD Mosley

      You spelled "WRX STi" wrong.

    45. Nick Adams

      The host is such annoying a hole

    46. joesaric1

      But whyyyyyyyy again ??

    47. Surfman

      Ls400 is better tho.

    48. PGC

      I own a showroom 1990 300ce24V: a 3.0 litre six straight engine providing some lovely and smooth 232 HP with catalytic converter: it was around the time when in the US most of the V8 5 litres were giving some 140 HP at their best. Is that correct? All the stuff, accessories and amenities you are enthusiast about in this car, were standard in mine too. No miracle just for your 500E but "standard fitting" for any top of class models of the period.

    49. Antonio Bonvecchio

      datti na calmata che è una merda di auto come le altre

    50. Live Life

      It is a MercySadie. Mercy Sadie, the darn thing wont start again. I can still hear father to this day.

    51. Ben Bond

      And then, as has probably already been mentioned, there was the beastly W124 V12.

    52. Matt Hunter

      2003 E46 328i ZLP sport package is best sedan ever

    53. CCOCCARO

      Jason...why no love for the W124 M119 4.2L? Those cars didn't have the short gearing so they were capable of being faster, if not quicker. While I don't dare drive my 27 year old '94 E420 like you did the 500, it still delivers the goods. Two wishes: Mercedes-Benz would offer more support for the OBD I cars and a glove box. MBNA spun the barrel reducing the W124 price by $10K in 1993 to chase Lexus wisely. I doubt the accountants would let that kind of currency hedge happen today.

    54. Emerson Galvao

      My grandfather bought this car in Toronto Ontario sent it across the sea and now sits in his house in Portugal. It's a s*** engine it can barely make up a hill he has a diesel

    55. Beinjar

      Hehe finally found him 😀😊😊 J C. Subscribed!!!!

    56. Ty Kit

      Is this the car for the nurburgring lap in granturismo 4?

    57. 4390100

      We had a Diesel version and it lasted until 500,000 kilos with no big maintenance bills, never had one here that lasted that long, even the Toyota's here don't get over 350,000 and that last one is usually the longer lasting one.

    58. William Adams

      Property does not have rights. People have rights. The right to enjoy property without unlawful deprivation.

      1. Donald Rounds

        Bitcoin is obviously the new digital gold.

      2. James Cardio

        @Steuern MitKopf You are absolutely right, but we also have a lot of experts. the real one out there waiting for investors.

      3. Newton Fabregas

        Let your money work for you, start investing with investments managers today.

      4. Steuern MitKopf

        @Goerge Jones This isn't ignorance but because of unprofessional brokers in the stock market.

      5. Goerge Jones

        The crystal is clear why most people lavish in poverty due to ignorance.

    59. goarif1

      Can compete even todays car

    60. Jd White

      ❤️ my e-63 I've soul crushed so many two door zipperheads....all while the ac is cranking and my seat message going.😃

    61. 1a

      i want this beauty.

    62. azharudheen S

      Powerful presentation..

    63. The-bro-jason

      Those rear head rests are so annoying when they retract

    64. quantumphaser

      I had the same engine in my 1990 500SL. Incredible engine.

    65. Rok Baro

      For Albanians MB will always be the king of the road 👌

    66. BonuxCouleur

      I almost bought the 560SEC Series 10 years ago but could not afford the insurance (and I suspect the fuel consumption) but what a car it was especially in this coupe version. With the massive black star logo it looked like a beast, sounded like a beast... Bloody insurance scums.

    67. Your Average Passer-By

      This was my grandfather's car. I have good memories of riding shotgun while he drove me around town.

    68. Calisota WGPR

      hmmm but what about the BMW 850 CSi?

    69. crazycool1128

      >chunk of plastic over the engine Into the trash it goes

    70. Patrick Smith

      Dude so glad to see you back on the PAprom

    71. Quivver77

      @1:00 - "6.3 Litres of Shut up Hippee!" - This guy has a way with words!

    72. 032HULK

      Cuz of 500E we love Taxi 1.

    73. DDOT EEL

      Lexus LS400 > Mercedes 500E

    74. Scotty MSU

      Nah, my 1988 Honda Accord LXi with pop up head light was my perfect Sedan!

    75. Steel prime King of Dabbleyoo

      Engines, to be fully efficient, should be silent, cold and still in the frame (no vibrations).

    76. Rod Dooley

      I have 190E collection,all I could afford but have 2 Cosworths,and 3 Sportlines and an LE .Friend had 500E car ,it was too MUCH !!!

    77. Aditya CEO

      Finest looking car with no cheap electronics!

    78. Infinit01

      Still a beautiful MB in 2021

    79. James Copsey

      Thanks for the ride.

    80. Original J

      Thanks for helping make my favorite car series, the Lexus LS.

    81. kmcbatch2017 kmc


    82. Roar Christoffersen

      A Mercedes that looks like a Mercedes form all angles!! Great. Today , you can't tell some Mercedes from a Mazda or Toyota. Today, most car designers are nothing but clones of each other.

    83. Joe M

      Ls400 is a better machine. Change my mind

    84. Tomas Tylecek

      i owned 93 300E, loved the car

    85. Mr Autospec

      W126 500 is better!

    86. JVA

      A lot of these w124 went well over 1M km as taxi cars here in europe

    87. machedar

      Also let’s you know how good the Lexus LS400 was !

    88. Kanyanga

      This popped up on my feed. I've just began falling in love with Mercedes Benz S Class Sedans. Lemmie review this ♥️💯👌

    89. GRM

      I don't believe a word this guy said compared to BMW at the time, you either own one or listen to this clown, whose obnoxious character sucks anyways.

    90. Globy Boulga

      Cooperation. Instead of corporation.

    91. sanjay dhokia

      very lively and interesting review, great sense of humor

    92. New Here

      I hate ww2 car Manufaktur mraclades prisoner handmade

    93. Emil Søbølle

      Okay, so here’s my nasty comment 😎 The Best Or Nothing ⭐️👌🏻❤️

    94. Josef Christoph Rosel

      Calling an E Class A compact is one of the most hilarious things I have heard. But really nice presentation of this glorious car!

    95. Rick Simon

      lol ... "the Lexus was better" ...

      1. Rick Simon

        @dreadsasho I am pretty sure I was making fun of exactly that claim. In reality, the BMWs and Mercedes were still the better cars, but at a price that was outrageous considering the price of the LS400.

      2. dreadsasho

        There was nothing even remotely as good as the LS400 when it got released. It introduced way too many "firsts" in terms of technology, reliability and features. BMW's chief engineer got fired because of the Lexus and Mercedes lost a big chunk of the luxury market share which never recovered back to this day.

    96. Arne Ahlert

      Funny that they keep calling it a „compact“.

      1. Stijn 4

        It's compact from the perspective of an american's ass.

    97. PARAMTRX

      In the last eight years I've given a dozen boosts to people with my 94 E420, it's always fun to see how they react when I back up to them

      1. PARAMTRX

        @CCOCCARO it's black pearl with black leather

      2. CCOCCARO

        Drive in good health. I'm gonna do the same in my 94 E420. Mine is smoke silver...yours?

    98. Ivo Bg

      I've wanted one for so damn long and its just getting more and more difficult to find one and they r getting more and more expensive...

    99. Svingarm

      no no, a mercedes is an old wife car :) it's the worst junk to drive in

    100. Der lachende Vagabund

      Lexus😂 A Toyota will never measure up to a Mercedes