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

15 Ապր % Yթ.-ին
1 619 269 Դիտումներ

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 AMworlds 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 |
Instagram |
Twitter |
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 -

  • What kinda tires were on that thing?

    Objective JediObjective Jedi5 ժամ առաջ
  • I don't know why this popped up recommended. I want an airplane.

    VeryCleaverNameVeryCleaverName6 ժամ առաջ
  • What a great review off to watch it again and again. ❤️

    Con VerdisCon Verdis7 ժամ առաջ
  • Thanks Ben! 👍

    O KO K13 ժամ առաջ
  • I remember my childhood time (1982), it was the best and most expensive car was 500 SEL and then came 560 SEL

    Al AmeriAl Ameri16 ժամ առաջ
  • It's so heavy that it feels good to use in a bumpy road.

    Ice BlueIce Blue17 ժամ առաջ
  • Also known as "The Factory Hammer"

    Michael OrekyehMichael Orekyeh19 ժամ առաջ
  • Subscribed....

  • Do you have any photos of the 500E and 993 together? That is the absolute perfect pair in existence, and I’d love to have that as a wallpaper

    mattyjbsrmattyjbsr21 ժամ առաջ
  • ...and also , the world's ugliest sedan. Mercedes aesthetics suck..even today.

    Alex P.Alex P.Օր առաջ
  • It's more of a dictator/crime leader car.

    Burhan BudakBurhan BudakՕր առաջ
  • *laughs in M5*

    SotosM3 E30SotosM3 E30Օր առաջ
  • 12:00 best designed, engineered, blah blah, sedan of all time? May I humbly present... BMW's E39 ('96-'03 5-series). I recall the auto journalists, commiserating with Mercedes after the E39 launch: "it must sting that, every time you release a model that gets a step ahead of the BMW, they come out with a new model that not so much moves the goal posts as literally hurls them over the horizon." My M5 is 21 years old now and I'm still waiting for a car of such beauty, performance, sound, interior, and quality to replace it with. Succeeding 5-series generations have been to big, the 3-series still seem down-market, and nothing is as beautiful.

    lqr824lqr824Օր առաջ
  • E28 review please? Frm Malaysia

    Christopher CharlesChristopher CharlesՕր առաջ
  • 6:50 332HP from 5 liters? The E39 M5 got 400HP from that displacement, and could be increased to 500HP with kits. Anyone know if similar were available for this 500E?

    lqr824lqr824Օր առաջ
  • So what I understood is that if you have problems, run to Porsche

    Sabyasachi GhoshSabyasachi GhoshՕր առաջ
  • 3:10 the arm did NOT remain parallel to the airflow throughout its sweep. What the heck are you saying this and why are you saying it? The picture fully contradicts you.

    lqr824lqr824Օր առաջ
  • The W124 was also called "Deutscher Panzer" (German Tank) because it never breaks. Our W124 which we had was the most reliable ever since today. Our Family also worked at Mercedes 3 generations. But what came at the 2000s was just an engineering shame.

    Hans WurstHans WurstՕր առաջ
  • Wish you wouldn't say "Portia" about "Porsche."

    felsner1felsner1Օր առաջ
  • European JUNK. Over priced, difficult to repair, expensive parts, pointlessly expensive to buy, not reliable, outdated, terrible resale value, petroleum based. NEVER buy european vehicles !...... or crystler for that matter. JUNK !

    Sloppy TurtleSloppy TurtleՕր առաջ
  • I always wanted to buy this car, the diesel one....and now I most likely will....God willing

    Em AreEm AreՕր առաջ
  • This dude reminds me of Adam Sandler. Good review btw and what a beautiful Benz. Coming from a bmw owner n54 engine twin turbo! I might need a Benz on my bucket list.

    Guillermo CarrilloGuillermo CarrilloՕր առաջ
  • This is Why Mercedes is my favorite car And for me to want that old car as my car right now in 2021 speaks volumes of this mammoth of a tycoon

    Hamza SadkaouiHamza SadkaouiՕր առաջ
  • Needs daytons

    Colorado Cool KidColorado Cool KidՕր առաջ
  • 11:49 Bro. Did you pee your pants or is that something else?

    MarcoNoPoloMarcoNoPoloՕր առաջ
  • The class of time, revolution succeed. Hats off for this video.

    Ather ZaidiAther ZaidiՕր առաջ
  • Good god this popped up and it is amazing quality made better due to nostalgia. But aside from that, this is on the level of, but more chill than top gear. I am not a car person but wow....

    turkeypazturkeypazՕր առաջ
  • It was a real pleasure to watch your video, beautifully done!! I am honored to say I got to drive my friends 1993 500E about 12 years ago in Ohio. It was solid, fast and tight. Although primitive in this day and age, the dashboard was simplistic and easy to operate which I loved. An experience I'll never forget.

    Pepperoni PetePepperoni PeteՕր առաջ
  • GREAT video and explanation thanks and what a car!!!!

    Simon FowlerSimon FowlerՕր առաջ
  • Does this one have the famous emission defeating devices fitted as standard or an optional extra...? Will rebates and or parts still be available when the EU finally collapses...? Personally, I think a Lexus or Toyota for me... Reliable and longevity built in, unsurpassed Japanese quality.

    Peteri DaviesPeteri DaviesՕր առաջ
  • there is one sitting in the driveway next to my house for at least the pass 10 years. It breaks my heart every day as i have to walk pass it. Owner doesn't to sell!!!!!

    David WhiteDavid WhiteՕր առաջ
  • Think if Mercedes today refurbish this car with the newer tech 🤯

    Ali RazaAli RazaՕր առաջ
  • I'm stunned by the production quality of this video. Here ... Take my sub.

    SersouSersouՕր առաջ
  • best sedan in the world and then booooooooommm bmw comes with the e39 m5

    Albin111Albin111Օր առաջ
  • So sad that sedans are vanishing today, giving place to all those ugly and stupid SUVs...

    André CataniAndré Catani2 օր առաջ
  • I would 100% agree if I didn’t own the coupe version... Really such a great looking car from every angle!

    Matt's GarageMatt's Garage2 օր առաջ
  • Loved my 1990 300E.... great car. The giant V8 in the 500 looks like a complete bear to work on.

    Trey ScudderTrey Scudder2 օր առաջ
  • Nice video, thanks. I, myself, drive W124 3.2 Sportline 1995.

    Jason GoweserJason Goweser2 օր առաջ
  • *cough* LS400 *cough*

    Clayton BridgesClayton Bridges2 օր առաջ
  • Well you say "500E over cornered M cars" dear Jason, I watched Keiichi Tsuchiya (a.k.a DK) killed 500E with a 3.8 E34 M5 on the track. I agree W124 is a legendary car which 500E is even more legendary but E34 M5 is a better "sports car".

    Ozi YılmazOzi Yılmaz2 օր առաջ
  • That grain filter on all the old footage looks really bad

    Simon ArdforsSimon Ardfors2 օր առաջ
  • Jason, this is content you were born to create. Poor man’s Ryan Reynolds anyone? + as an enthusiast who came of age in the 90’s this car remains a pinnacle and I will boot myself for not buying one for 20k with 40000 miles

    J MillsJ Mills2 օր առաջ
  • lovely driving this masterpiece

    ghetto journalist tvghetto journalist tv2 օր առաջ
  • I worked at a Mercedes Benz dealership for over 19 years (starting in 1988). The500E was an awesome car and fun to drive. The video says no Porsche parts, but I remember standing at the parts counter as they ordered transmission parts from Porsche for a 500E. My friend who still works there had one. He always floored it when we went to lunch. Good times.

    Edward KokolEdward Kokol2 օր առաջ
  • Gave the thumbs up just for the title

    alan Qtrmainealan Qtrmaine2 օր առաջ
  • Thank you Mercedes-Benz for lobbying ($$$) U.S. congress in '88 and passing the Vehicle Safety Compliance Act.

    xnreyescjxnreyescj3 օր առաջ
  • I love boxy car design

    Ghoosh WenGhoosh Wen3 օր առաջ
  • Two words Vauxhalls lotus carlton.

    Andy HillsAndy Hills3 օր առաջ
  • Perfect in the making, also for your mechanic

    Terence ChengTerence Cheng3 օր առաջ
  • 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

    Cesar AbrahamCesar Abraham3 օր առաջ
  • Haha silly video everyone knows the e38 was the greatest sedan

    dbernstein85dbernstein853 օր առաջ
  • Best car video, lol

    Tony Curtis BlondellTony Curtis Blondell3 օր առաջ
  • Cute dressing gown.

    Simon FSimon F3 օր առաջ
  • Mercedes was the best by miles and miles ahead of anyone Now you can argue about it being still the best, but barely

    Mohammad Al FattalMohammad Al Fattal3 օր առաջ
  • GO to the source- Buy a PORSCHE.

    Gene SmithGene Smith3 օր առաջ
  • Great film. 400E and 500E are still gorgeous even today.

    Siddhesh MhatreSiddhesh Mhatre3 օր առաջ
  • Very good video

  • No airbags. Instantly obsolete.

    no taboosno taboos3 օր առաջ
  • 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.

    LoneWolfSigmaLoneWolfSigma3 օր առաջ
  • Perfect? That old automatic transmission alone makes it totally impossible.

    PistonburnerPistonburner3 օր առաջ
  • 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.

    Sgt. TomSgt. Tom3 օր առաջ
  • what if you got a popped tire? what then?

    marshallluckymarshalllucky3 օր առաջ
  • I could not stop watching, very good job !

    AeRoTRAeRoTR3 օր առաջ
  • It’s Right up there with the GOAT - Lexus Ls400

    josava1josava13 օր առաջ
  • Very enjoyable video. Glad it came out of no where to Me. Feeling confident sitting in my Sprinter!

    Tim Tv PleaseTim Tv Please3 օր առաջ
  • My all time favourite W123 and W124

    Parvez A K KhanParvez A K Khan3 օր առաջ
  • This is great content man! Thank you.

    bozukbeyinbozukbeyin3 օր առաջ
  • 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

    Math is not for the faint of heartMath is not for the faint of heart3 օր առաջ
  • 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.

    Alisio RocchiAlisio Rocchi3 օր առաջ
    • @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.

      Liliana TarantiniLiliana Tarantini3 օր առաջ
    • @Cora Harrison How can I reach out to this man please 🙏🏽.

      Liliana TarantiniLiliana Tarantini3 օր առաջ
    • @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

      Cora HarrisonCora Harrison3 օր առաջ
    • @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.

      Liz HouseLiz House3 օր առաջ
    • @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.

      Phillip BlackPhillip Black3 օր առաջ
  • He looks like Jimmy kimmel

    Tom CunninghamTom Cunningham4 օր առաջ
  • Was...

    C SC S4 օր առաջ
  • HAGERTY is the best channel on AMworlds

    Patriotic IndusPatriotic Indus4 օր առաջ
  • An Italian obsessed with safety????? That must have been a one off.

    Mark LydonMark Lydon4 օր առաջ
  • nope.

    sexphistosexphisto4 օր առաջ
  • Well Done Hagerty!

    gRosh08gRosh084 օր առաջ
  • 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

    Khanya Luthando NgoboKhanya Luthando Ngobo4 օր առաջ
  • You don’t know it in till you try it

    Al Ks MercedesAl Ks Mercedes4 օր առաջ
  • Too bad the driving footage was shite, rigid mount the camera next time so people can appreciate body roll, etc..

    Norse Viking ÆsirNorse Viking Æsir4 օր առաջ
  • Lol Derek Tamhyphen Scott lol

    nestoavilanestoavila4 օր առաջ
  • I want to see it in an actual wind tunnel and come up with that coefficient of drag.

    Norse Viking ÆsirNorse Viking Æsir4 օր առաջ
  • One of my favorite cars ever!

    mercedesbenzformula1mercedesbenzformula14 օր առաջ
  • drove the w124 300e for college. Brilliant and still holds up but be prepared for insane bills.

    Hemo A.H.Hemo A.H.4 օր առաջ
  • 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.

    GeriGeri4 օր առաջ
  • Next one is BMW e60..

    WefixanythingWefixanything4 օր առաջ
  • I had one. Yes the best ever built.

    QQ4 օր առաջ
  • I want!!!

    Peter FortePeter Forte4 օր առաջ
  • "Porsha"

    Shrek WazowskiShrek Wazowski4 օր առաջ
  • 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.

    zoomer46 zoomer46zoomer46 zoomer464 օր առաջ
  • You spelled "WRX STi" wrong.

    JD MosleyJD Mosley4 օր առաջ
  • The host is such annoying a hole

    Nick AdamsNick Adams4 օր առաջ
  • But whyyyyyyyy again ??

    joesaric1joesaric14 օր առաջ
  • Ls400 is better tho.

    SurfmanSurfman4 օր առաջ
  • 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.

    PGCPGC4 օր առաջ
  • datti na calmata che è una merda di auto come le altre

    Antonio BonvecchioAntonio Bonvecchio4 օր առաջ
  • It is a MercySadie. Mercy Sadie, the darn thing wont start again. I can still hear father to this day.

    Live LifeLive Life4 օր առաջ
  • And then, as has probably already been mentioned, there was the beastly W124 V12.

    Ben BondBen Bond4 օր առաջ
  • 2003 E46 328i ZLP sport package is best sedan ever

    Matt HunterMatt Hunter4 օր առաջ
  • 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.

  • 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

    Emerson GalvaoEmerson Galvao4 օր առաջ
  • Hehe finally found him 😀😊😊 J C. Subscribed!!!!

    BeinjarBeinjar4 օր առաջ