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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  • NY NY
    NY NY

    Everything is perfect except the wires in the car are self decomposing wires

  • greg watts
    greg watts

    lots of british memes. should be german no?

  • Ameen Masoom
    Ameen Masoom

    U are The Man With The Spirit U can’t Be That Typa LTwhiter Keep it Up mate

  • Sp studio
    Sp studio

    BMW e46 plsss...

  • Mohammad Islam
    Mohammad Islam

    This thing was exquisite looking back then and still is. Always wanted this one is project car

  • POV electric
    POV electric

    500 "e" . So it was electric then?

  • Lord Saveuc
    Lord Saveuc

    What year is the best?

  • Marlee Roberts
    Marlee Roberts

    this guy prob owns like 50 of these in anticipation of this vid, scalpt

  • John Roper
    John Roper

    Sorry, I Gotcha' on That One!! The Black on Black BMW 135i MSport Twin Turbo Convertible DOESN'T come in a sedan!! Just the coupe!!

  • manemebasat

    ''most'' perfect?

  • Richie Sauter H.
    Richie Sauter H.

    👍 excellent video !!!

  • Niki

    This video is very wrong, the initial designers of the car was Joseph Gallitzendörfer and Peter Pfeiffer, Bruno was just a final designer.

  • Devon35

    That is a beautiful mercedes. I have a W211 which is also very nice looking.

  • Niki

    Noo, i think the BMW E38 7-Series and E39 5-Series were the world's most perfect sedans ever created.

  • Ali Khoobiary
    Ali Khoobiary

    12:46 onwards Something’s wrong with the steering… Not wrong I mean different than any car I’ve driven. I can actually feel it through the screen

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    Cncdeoew Seawoier


  • Nick London
    Nick London

    This was awkward. I clicked to see the car and all I see is a dude in a bathrobe.

  • Stefan More
    Stefan More

    Still a Iconic car. I should not talk like a old fart yet....

  • decordobauk

    Thank you, excellent work, really nice film.

  • Daniel Green
    Daniel Green

    WRONG. Its a big fat mess. 90's prom rental.

  • AspiringOO

    Perfect until breakdown ... Go Lexus !

  • RGM

    That W124 is the best sedan ever made, period.

  • Thommy Sides
    Thommy Sides

    What can I say..... I subscribed!!!! I'm now in love with the 500 E..... You dirty dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Steven Foon
    Steven Foon

    Hagerty.... good choice of having Jason on your production crew!

  • John Trolle
    John Trolle

    Well only if you are Albanian gangster

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  • Manuqtix Manuqtix
    Manuqtix Manuqtix

    The amg version is desirable but the normal w124 depreciates badly

  • JF Parent
    JF Parent

    After the E38 ;)

  • Todor Kolev
    Todor Kolev

    Love how dignified these look! No "Fighter jet" air inlets or honeycomb BS... Very subtle touches of character and overall very sound and complete visual design. This was before the chinese and their obsession with tacky shine and flair were a crucial market...

  • robert de vroom
    robert de vroom

    OK. But what do you get if y

  • m 88
    m 88

    U meant the most ugly sedan right ?

  • hxmxach._.007

    The perfect sedan was the W140 series and after it its the W124

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    Ste Da

    Today it is the Tesla Model S Plaid. ;-P

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      We are extremely excited!

  • Latent Tweet
    Latent Tweet

    Ok ok. I’ll buy one damn it.

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    will ryan

    Oh lord allmy friends drive porshes can you buy me a mercedes benz

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    Ben Affleck seems to be a good youtuber 😀 P.S. Riveting work. Thoroughly enjoyed the video.

  • savethemanual

    Hoovies Garage might disagree

  • J C
    J C

    Really? W124 series cars were notoriously known for biodegradable wiring harness insulation which degraded with heat and time. Bare wires exposed shorted out the entire electrical systems, furthermore Mercedes Benz dismissed class action lawsuits filed by consumers who were injured or killed because the w124 cars were prone to short circuiting shutting down engines, electronically controlled transmissions, power steering and brakes while traveling down roadways rendering the cars with little to no control, so while the cars may have been an engineering feat the wiring harness insulation was Mercedes Achilles heel!

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    dies + das

    80s: Putting a V8 5,0 Litres in a medium size Sedan? Porsche, help us!!!! 2010s: Mercedes Trainees: hold our beers.... (putting a V8 into a Mercedes B-Class (W245))

  • Dutch Canuck
    Dutch Canuck

    The W124 was built to an engineering spec. Its successors (W210 et cetera) are built mostly to a budget, like a 1973 Ford Pinto was. And like the Pinto, they turn into shabby rust buckets after a few years, especially in the northern half of North America. I had never seen an MB sedan with rust blossoms and salt-etched flaking clearcoat, EVER, until the newer E-class and C-class cars came along and had a couple of northeastern winters under their belts. They aged faster than a 1985 Olds Cutlass. If you buy one used, you gotta get one from CA, AZ, NV or NM. Then, of course, you face other problems like cracking plastic on the dash, but at least the bodies aren't turning into oxide dust.

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    High quality content

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  • davidhunternyc

    Wait, I thought the W123 was the world's most perfect sedan?

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    kung-fu hustle

    The car favoured by the Yakuza.

  • E.T. ✔️
    E.T. ✔️

    The pinnacle Mercedes.

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    perfect story telling buddy. SUBSCRIBEDDD ofcourse.

  • Attila Lemy - YmeL
    Attila Lemy - YmeL

    "The most perfect" - something is either perfect or imperfect. There s no an existence such as "the most perfect".

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      Attila Lemy - YmeL

      @lorrd lawal but he is a journalist...

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      lorrd lawal

      We are not marking scripts here bro.... Just a colloquial representation of how he feels with this beast

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    I didn't know Adam Sandler's brother was a LTwhite car nut. I guess this car is what led to BMW's best 5 series, the E39, and the best M5... with a 5 litre V8.

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    Jack Ryland



    I have taken one to the fake 156 limit. It was just getting ready to roll too! What a bummer.

  • donh215

    But, it’s not perfect because it’s missing a 3rd pedal

  • M S
    M S

    All W124 models are great cars, the diesels are indestructible cars my dad had a 1985 200D with over 1 million KMs, it was a very slow car but boy did that thing last with minimum maintenance and kept running after 3 frontal accidents and cheap repairs. gone are the glory days of Mercedes

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    Music so loud and annoying. Why?

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    Flying Monkey

    That 911 C4S is freakin gorgeous!

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    Chris Thornycroft

    Now they have a 4 litre V8 that can put out 612 hp. I think they’ve improved their efficiency. But should I be worried about high compression ratios and interference engines? I specked out a 2020 E63S. Very sexy.

  • Dwight

    The door closing sound 7:59 shows how far behind Mercedes was compared to Lexus.

  • Def Bet
    Def Bet

    Excellent, history and delivery. Bravo!

  • Dwight

    It lost in every category from Citroen CX.

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    Wait, this vid meant to be made for LTwhite??

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    Perfect. 👍🏼💯👌🏽👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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    No one searched for it. It just popped up. And I m glad it did. Thanks LTwhite

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    Michal Krajsa

    Actually, the drag coefficient was 0,29, not 0,26. Still impressive, though.

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    Ronny Keulemans

    Adam Sandler’s good looking brother knows his cars. But srsly, the noise from that engine @12:50 gives me goosebumps… and a hard-on.

  • Lawnmower American
    Lawnmower American

    Had a 92 e420

  • Atilla Debbag
    Atilla Debbag

    I would prefer the 230E engine, less complicated and very reliable and less thirsty for fuel.

  • Payton Downs
    Payton Downs

    Camera and lightwork are great

  • Jimmy Roos
    Jimmy Roos

    W124 still a good looking car, even today. 320E with 104 engine was a beast.

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  • Michael Flinn
    Michael Flinn

    Not sure : it didn't handle particularly well, straight line speed was great. Corners not that good. Very thirsty,

  • Abqori Abdullah
    Abqori Abdullah

    7:59 you’d slam a masterpiece

  • Molten Cheese Bear
    Molten Cheese Bear

    Amazing how Mercedes managed to make that slush box to not suck. It sounds more like a well tuned and fast automated single clutch gearbox.

  • Bibingkang Abnoy
    Bibingkang Abnoy

    I think the price is perfect too.

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    This guy is something else🙌

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    Carlos Mendoza

    The Best or Nothing...Mercedes Benz Forever.

  • Лавр Пичугин
    Лавр Пичугин

    My favorite car ia w140.


    An absolutely fantastic video on an iconic sedan and piece of Porsche history. Thank you very much for making this wonderful production.

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    badger jamees

    Says who? Says you lol,this pos is far from the best sedan ever made. Fck Mercedes, most mechanics wont touch them,and parts for these things are ridiculously priced. This is the biggest over statement ive ever heard saying its the best sedan ever made. What a joke!

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  • Joe Sinegal
    Joe Sinegal

    The World's Most Perfect Sedan Was The LS400! They're More Reliable And There Are Still A Good Number On The Road Today! They've Out Lasted Any Mercedes Ever Built By Leaps And Bound's!

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    Aaron Costello

    A ex-girlfriend of mine had a '92 400E...the little brother to the 500E. Even that was amazing car.

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    A great piece of engineering, a great story, and I'm glad Adam Sandler is into cars!

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    Danny Porsche

    Porsche has and will always be the best. Weissach has the best engineers in the world.

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    It must be remembered too, that Lexus made a highly reliable car which didn't cost am arm and a leg in maintenance, compared to MB or BMW.

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