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

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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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Cooking Parker
Cooking Parker 9 hours ago
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A B 11 hours ago
Those were the days, before German engineering became engineered to break.
stillphil 17 hours ago
The Timeless simplicity of Classic Mercedes ... is something I don't know if Mercedes can make happen again. As cliche as it sometimes sounds, this is TRULY a Golden Era Benz. Great mini doc!
HenryManson 17 hours ago
My dad had had one with that goold old Benz look! no idea wich number it was tho.... always liked this look!
Fernando Alonso 14
Fernando Alonso 14 22 hours ago
Its good but not perfect. W140 is the best
Edysin Simon
Edysin Simon Day ago
The 500E was the best sporty sedan at that time.
Berat Sadıkoğlu
What about the E60?
L. henry
L. henry Day ago
Nonsense, the best sedan ever built was the Lexus LS400.
Ezechiele Servadiovitz
che linea, che eleganza, che macchine della madonna che facevano solo poco tempo fa, come è possibile che il buon gusto sia andato perduto così rapidamente ?
Joshua Tropp
Joshua Tropp Day ago
Great video featuring an incredible car. What are your thoughts on Infiniti? Mainly the G35 and G37 sedans and their place as incredibly balanced executive cars as well as being the test bed for the mid 2000's Nissan Skyline. (I myself drive an '03 G35 sedan and it's seriously one of the most well balanced, comfortable, and sporty cars I've ever had the pleasure of driving)
Midnight G35
Midnight G35 Day ago
I hope you can find the worlds perfect sedan because its obviously isn't here
Pedro Barbosa
I fully agreed. This is the perfect sedan. The tank.
Captain America America
Ezechiele Servadiovitz
lines too much muscular in my opinion
Jerome Atkins
Jerome Atkins 2 days ago
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π-ШТО 2 days ago
this video is one of the reasons i hate waking up
ScoutingForZen 2 days ago
It's odd, when I was a teenager I thought Mercedes from this period looked boring. Now I think they look understated and cool. Credit to Sacco's genius
pridon kvantaliani
I'm the Mercedes owner, e class 3.2 1998 station wagon and I have to say It's just brilliant. Old but perfect!
Mohmoud Farah
Mohmoud Farah 2 days ago
I did not know anything about what you said about the E500, even though the E class is my favorite Mercedes. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Jay Juggernaut
Jay Juggernaut 2 days ago
I had no idea Jon Cryer from 2 and a Half Men was a car guy
Bun Mok
Bun Mok 2 days ago
it's so comforting that he pronounced "Porsche" correctly
Lew Lewis
Lew Lewis 2 days ago
I still have one of the last W124 E320 Coupes made, regd in '96, but you know what the higher spec saloons still look better so long as they are in a very dark colour. Can vouch for the steering and handling, we've had 4 W124's and all could take long sweeping bends at amazing speeds but in a totally relaxed manner, sometimes you get tailgaters but after taking a bend at quite normal (for a 124) speed you notice they ain't tailgating any more. Its not till you lift the carpets and see the floor reinforcements you realise what a strongly built car these are. Brilliant video that, thankyou.
Daniel Stock
Daniel Stock 2 days ago
Richie Rich
Richie Rich 2 days ago
I remember them making a few prototypes with a 5 speed manual, that would have made it the "perfect sedan"
A Dude
A Dude 2 days ago
Idiot, can't you learn how to say PORSCHEEEEE, before talking about it? It's NOT Porschaaaa, it's Porscheeee; how difficult can that be?
Jonathan 09
Jonathan 09 2 days ago
I found this guy's narrative far more interesting than the specs the car has to present. It's rather what kept me to the end of the video😂😂
MAX - 2 days ago
3:49 harshad mehta 🤟
William Hennessy
William Hennessy 2 days ago
My first car was a 1993 500 SEL.. that thing was a beast and rode like a cloud! Found the original window sticker at $97,000 shipped in from Germany to New Jersey, if only I never sold it 😑
Ayman HardRace
Ayman HardRace 2 days ago
How bout W210 model ? Can u make vdo bout it ?
Kommunisator 2 days ago
A good friend of our family had a W124 T model , the 300 Turbodiesel iirc. It was a very, very nice car, and back then I wanted to buy it off of him, despite the (comparatively) high costs for tax due to its unfiltered Diesel engine. He refused for one single reason, he said: "Since I own this car, I have driven over 300.000km with it, and nothing went wrong with it. Nothing. First windshield, first exhaust, nothing done to the automatic, power steering, everything is working. Just by chance something big HAS to go wrong soon, and I do not want to sell a car to somebody I know, where that is bound to happen."
The Transpanzer
The Transpanzer 3 days ago
Look alot like my E420 (W210)
JMS JMS2 3 days ago
Thanks but no thanks
B Kaley
B Kaley 3 days ago
I'd vote for the 2006 Lexus LS430 as being the world's most perfect Luxury sedan.
Slawko slawko
Slawko slawko 3 days ago
Just Perfect Beautiful . The One . Jedyny w swoim rodzaju.
Ganesha Shamsudin
I do very like the way you reviewed the car and its history. Well done!
Stroporez 3 days ago
Finding little gems like this is why I still have hope for the YTube.
Reza Arya
Reza Arya 4 days ago
What a wonderful, wonderful presenter!
Alexander Cell
Alexander Cell 4 days ago
Your way to present the perfect sedan is Awesome!!! Can you do a video for an Aurus?
rizal 4 days ago
Next up, make a video about why 190E evolution is a modern classic
Neptune Vibe
Neptune Vibe 4 days ago
The W211 is the best sedan...
vancityguy 4 days ago
This video earned you a Subscriber.
venom5809 4 days ago
Still one of my favorite cars to this day, my father had one, the guy he shared an office with at the time had one too, still has it actually and an NBA player in town at the time had one too. My uncle also had a 400E.
Canuck Fobroader
Canuck Fobroader 4 days ago
I love this car!! Man is Jason a fantastic host.
Anton Jørgensen
Anton Jørgensen 5 days ago
Wow, this gave me some major Old top gear review vibes
Ali Cherif
Ali Cherif 5 days ago
Salla Allahou Allayhi wa sallem Salla Allahou Allayhi wa sallem
Sezgin Çetin
Sezgin Çetin 5 days ago
Absolutley amazing car,every time Best🤩🤩🤩👍
Luke Collins
Luke Collins 5 days ago
Nice I just brought one. (1:64 scale though)
Lennart Proost
Lennart Proost 5 days ago
U made one mistake, its not Mercedes but Saab who made the best sedans.
Steve 5 days ago
We called it the "V-Boot" in Nigeria. Excellent car.
Devin Cook
Devin Cook 5 days ago
Beautifully engineered. Hideous looking.
Shahid Malik
Shahid Malik 6 days ago
Perfect sedan ? Lexus LS 430. Period.
На фото Е500
Uber mensch
Uber mensch 6 days ago
Oh you mean a Sentinel. I had one back in my Liberty city days.
Asad Abdussalam
Asad Abdussalam 6 days ago
Most perfect? Lol
Domingo De Anda
Domingo De Anda 6 days ago
That was pretty damn good
. 6 days ago
yeah but was it the perfectest?
Suavey Styles
Suavey Styles 6 days ago
Bro, when you rubbed the delicious finger licking fender flares I cried laughing...
Suavey Styles
Suavey Styles 6 days ago
Great video!!!!
Suavey Styles
Suavey Styles 6 days ago
CL 500 Is my favorite!!! Just bought an E63. Whooooaaaaa!
Sam Laidler
Sam Laidler 6 days ago
I’m watching this excellent video sitting here in my W124 (diesel) with 302,858 miles on the clock, feeling quite proud. I was already utterly in love with this car, and this video helped me love it even more, I even thought it’s ‘only’ the E300.
nomadben 7 days ago
Great episode! But everyone knows the E39 M5 is the best sedan of all time ;)
Bigotes HombredemuchoValor
The 1997 Volvo C70 T5 was the fastest FWD production car in the world 97-98 true or false ??. 1/4 mile : 14.1 seconds . So.. it means the 97 C70 T5 would pulverize a 2004 STI from speeds 60-150 mph ??? I read from Autocar Magazine that C70 T5 and Volvo 850R beated 3 Ferraris 50-75 mph punch . And from Autocar Magazine UK I read that Saab 9000 Aero beated 50-70 mph acceleration was faster than 5 Supercars including Lambo Diablo . Motorweek did 14 seconds the 1/4 mile Volvo C70 T5 . Video : Motorweek 1997 C70 T5 . So. The C70 T5 was faster than a SAAB 9000 Aero 50-100 mph ????? . A mechanic told me the 1997 C70 T5 was the fastest FWD car in the world 97-1999 . And he said faster than a SAAB 9000 Aero he said and also he said the 97 C70 T5 would smoke a 2004-2007 WRX STI on highway 60-150 mph . He said the 97 C70 T5 was faster than a Volvo 850R because it was made by a Racing Company in Sweden . Please can you race a Saab 9000 Aero vs 97-99 Volvo C70 T5 ( Manual as seen in Motorweek ) vs 2004-2007 STI ???? We wanna know if it's True that C70 T5 and Saab 9000 Aero were the fastest FWD cars on planet Earth . And from that if STI can beat them or not 60-120-150 mph . The mechanic is a Subaru/Toyota mechanic and he said C70 T5 would destroy even a Ferrari Testarossa or Nissan R34 . Can we see you Racing if that is true ??? Pleasssse
RSC II 7 days ago
He takes it up the tailpipe. Excellent video, nonetheless.
Luke Spector
Luke Spector 7 days ago
BMW = "Big Mouthed Wop"??? "Bring My Wallet"??? "Bullshit Machine for Wankers??? " Either way, ONLY Mercedes-Benz & Porsche are Germans worth restoration costs!
Sahadi420 7 days ago
I don't know why I haven't seen this channel. This guy (Jason Cammisa) and Chris Harris are two of my favorite car reviewers.
Shred72 7 days ago
Eric Langley
Eric Langley 7 days ago
Matt Hines
Matt Hines 8 days ago
Great piece!
kid 420
kid 420 8 days ago
Great video! How about a video on the 400E since it's not that talked about?
Hafiz Sani
Hafiz Sani 8 days ago
This host is so good!
Lautaro Santander
W124, the best of the best of the best...
Selçuk Akyüz
Selçuk Akyüz 9 days ago
Neat copywriting. They don't make em like this anymore.
Jake Wright
Jake Wright 9 days ago
this was THE car
Angel Stoilkov
Angel Stoilkov 9 days ago
The best thing is i have the one from 1991 and it has a more calm diving experience than the 2020 Mercedes
Ys Slmn
Ys Slmn 9 days ago
Stop watching once he put his finger in his nose, yak
Jesse 9 days ago
Ben Affleck's brother knows a lot about cars.
Stallone Bhai
Stallone Bhai 9 days ago
Ben Affleck in a chilled mode
Joshua Bartley
Joshua Bartley 9 days ago
What an absolutely beautiful car. I just picked up a 2007 280 with only 45,000 miles and it was a dr whom owned it. He sold it to me for insanely cheap! My son is 11 so I’m thinking about him and I customizing together then give it to him as his first car!
Michael F
Michael F 9 days ago
What kinda tires were on that thing?
VeryCleaverName 9 days ago
I don't know why this popped up recommended. I want an airplane.
Con Verdis
Con Verdis 9 days ago
What a great review off to watch it again and again. ❤️
O K 10 days ago
Thanks Ben! 👍
Al Ameri
Al Ameri 10 days ago
I remember my childhood time (1982), it was the best and most expensive car was 500 SEL and then came 560 SEL
Ice Blue
Ice Blue 10 days ago
It's so heavy that it feels good to use in a bumpy road.
Michael Orekyeh
Michael Orekyeh 10 days ago
Also known as "The Factory Hammer"
HAPPIIEEE 10 days ago
mattyjbsr 10 days ago
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
Alex P.
Alex P. 10 days ago
...and also , the world's ugliest sedan. Mercedes aesthetics suck..even today.
Burhan Budak
Burhan Budak 10 days ago
It's more of a dictator/crime leader car.
SotosM3 E30
SotosM3 E30 10 days ago
*laughs in M5*
lqr824 10 days ago
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.
Christopher Charles
E28 review please? Frm Malaysia
lqr824 10 days ago
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?
Sabyasachi Ghosh
Sabyasachi Ghosh 10 days ago
So what I understood is that if you have problems, run to Porsche
lqr824 10 days ago
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.
Hans Wurst
Hans Wurst 10 days ago
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.
felsner1 10 days ago
Wish you wouldn't say "Portia" about "Porsche."
Sloppy Turtle
Sloppy Turtle 10 days ago
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 !
Em Are
Em Are 10 days ago
I always wanted to buy this car, the diesel one....and now I most likely will....God willing
Guillermo Carrillo
Guillermo Carrillo 10 days ago
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.
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