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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  • Philipp Bretzler
    Philipp Bretzler58 minutes ago

    Perfect? Maybe. But so ugly! The front lamps looks like Aquariums. Plump.

  • MrBrainneeded
    MrBrainneeded2 hours ago

    they still run today like fresh from the fabric

  • Abhi Verma
    Abhi Verma5 hours ago

    Would probably own one too rn but I doubt it's possible with all the regs in place.

  • martin martin
    martin martin5 hours ago

    2:40 colonnade style american car of the mid '70 was not the norm worldwide . No more aero in the rest of the world but not as dysfunctional on several aspects.

  • Alex J
    Alex J9 hours ago

    I miss my W126 380SE so much. That was a beast!

  • spitzndtruth 1
    spitzndtruth 19 hours ago

    Fantastic video! Interesting insightful and to the point... love the end of the video I was hopeful for something along those lines and got it! Job well done.

  • Rockmelvar - Topic
    Rockmelvar - Topic20 hours ago

    you should make a video about the saab 900, it has a similar story behind it

  • Don Berry
    Don Berry21 hour ago

    I was so involved with federalizing these Euro spec cars loved them. Lexus owners are old and cheap. imho

  • soisun
    soisun21 hour ago

    "Most perfect"...? Or "perfect", or "most..." whatever you want... Learn the language, idiot.

  • KlausM54
    KlausM54Day ago

    LOL. In Germany a Volkswagen Golf is considered comapct and a MINI subcompact.

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  • Alexander Cell
    Alexander CellDay ago

    You are awesome mate

  • Micheal C Nyoka
    Micheal C NyokaDay ago

    Porsche has always known how to make cars💯

  • Adrian Carter
    Adrian CarterDay ago

    Hagerty has scored with Jason. Superb narrative, humour and videography. Jason has scored also with this great platform.

  • brostelio
    brostelioDay ago

    This gave my the shivers. What a beautiful automotive era that was. Great video.

  • Kiraj Pathan
    Kiraj PathanDay ago

    The introduction is amazing I m subscribing your channel please go a bit slow it's bit hard to understand with that accent 👍

  • ricky v
    ricky vDay ago

    I remember having the opportunity to buy one of these in 2002 for $6,000 or around there. I didn't do it because I was concerned with Mercedes Benz reliability. Then a few years later I bought a W124 with an inline 6 and never had one issue with the car. That was when I realized the mistake I had made. That 500e would have been a way better car to own. Lessons we learn in life.

  • Elias Rabadi
    Elias RabadiDay ago

    Jason you’re a auto journalism genius god bless you!

  • Robert Baker
    Robert BakerDay ago

    must have never heard of the e39 M5.

  • ronald whittaker
    ronald whittaker2 days ago

    its a vanilla refrigerator box

  • Abdulhameed Al-Sikafi
    Abdulhameed Al-Sikafi2 days ago

    The first car I ever drove when I was 12....absolutely solid as hell.

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    Djallel Derbal2 days ago

    Jon Cryer and Adam Sandler had a child, his name is : Jason Cammisa !

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  • Total Electronics
    Total Electronics2 days ago

    That's just purely an ad!!!

  • Scott A
    Scott A2 days ago

    I would race it against my 2017 Chevrolet SS Sedan (built 2013-17 ONLY) and would handily beat the Mercedes in ALL categories. However, for the few years that the E500/500E was built, it was an AMAZING performance sedan. Great videography by Jason, as usual!

  • September 22 2036
    September 22 20362 days ago

    we call this the Albanian Mercedes cause all the Albanian gang bosses would ride one.

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  • K D
    K D2 days ago

    Delicious. Gorgeous. Fender flares. 🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵

  • kuladeeluxe
    kuladeeluxe2 days ago

    seems to me you left out the AMG Hammer

  • brakmaster
    brakmaster3 days ago

    And now I want one. Damn you Jason.

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    THOMAS ROBERTS3 days ago

    When the Automotive Editor of the Arizona Republic was done with his early evaluations of the 500E, he returned it to a representative appointed by Mercedes-Benz LA region in Phoenix to be held for its next press professional to play with. On a particular Friday afternoon, that was ME! As the Parts & Service Manager for Phoenix Motor company I was a "logical choice." Besides, I lived three blocks from said AR editor and could walk over and pick it up. With a weekend ahead and no one expecting its return until Monday morning, my imagination went into overdrive! With wife not yet appreciating what she was riding in, I headed for the Vulture Mine Road northwest of town. Twisting and turning through the scrub desert with no cliffs, no guard rails, no radar, and NO TRAFFIC, I proceeded to use it like it was meant to be used. Thrill of a lifetime. The end of this clip brought back those fabulous memories. Thanks to all who put this together, because--quite incredibly--they got the whole thing exactly right.

  • lpg12338
    lpg123383 days ago

    Outstanding video!

  • Radosvet Nikolov
    Radosvet Nikolov3 days ago

    I have a w140 S500 with the same engine and it.... is....... amazing! 25 y/o engine with almost 200k miles and it is clean as a whistle, not a single drop of oil anywhere. M119 in my opinion is the greatest engine ever made.

  • Funky Monk
    Funky Monk3 days ago

    Before, he said the m5 e39 was the best sedan ever.

  • Matt Tagintsev
    Matt Tagintsev3 days ago

    Next up: thw w123 300TD is the world's most perfect wagon.

  • Lambda Citizen
    Lambda Citizen3 days ago

    This guy is a great story teller. Cheers to the whole team, guys know how to make a great story.

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  • Mubaris Hussain
    Mubaris Hussain4 days ago

    Lexus ls430 and ls400. Ftw

  • Alden peng
    Alden peng4 days ago

    I now know more why someone said back then "if he did not own this car he will never die" .

  • Andrew Reil
    Andrew Reil4 days ago

    Watching this made me very melancholy. He's right. They really used to mean engineering like no other car on Earth.

  • Safeer Jaffer
    Safeer Jaffer4 days ago

    That driving bit was the cherry on top of one of the finest pieces of automotive content I've seen in a while.

  • Arwah Sapi
    Arwah Sapi4 days ago

    W124 is the longest lasting model Mercedes has ever made.

  • admin omhfoz
    admin omhfoz4 days ago

    is this adam sadler?

  • Kyle Lopez
    Kyle Lopez4 days ago

    I love this

  • Boštjan Erjavec
    Boštjan Erjavec4 days ago

    And what do you think of selfdriving cars?

  • Richard S.
    Richard S.4 days ago

    The 500e had a major flaw that's not mentioned here, recirculating ball steering. It sucked big time, because the rest of the car was so good.

  • Christian A
    Christian A5 days ago

    Still is the most perfect sedan !

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    vetrakras5 days ago

    Good work!

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  • Henriikka Keskinen
    Henriikka Keskinen5 days ago

    My first W124 was a 1987 taxi 200D. I got it when it had 700,000 km in the meter. It no longer passed exhaust testing at 1,100,000 km so I had to let it go. Tried something else, got diasppointed, and went back for nostalgia. My second W124 was a 1991 230 CE. So much fun but not the most convenient car in the Subarctic winter. It failed me last winter, at thirty years of age. It didn't need to wait for repair for long. I got an offer for it at the parking lot. It's still going. The new owner sends me pictures! I think I'm done now. It's time. If someone calls it the world's most perfect car, though, I've got no qualms with that :>

  • Snoopy
    Snoopy5 days ago

    Insert LS400.

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  • Charl Kitching
    Charl Kitching5 days ago

    Watched this vid some time ago, thought it was brilliant, informative and entertaining. Love the car, the W124s were probably the best sedans ever made. A clean example will still turn heads today. The 500e and AMG Hammer were legends in their own lifetimes. And yes it is the world's most perfect sedan.

  • oO0L4CH0Oo
    oO0L4CH0Oo5 days ago

    That was nice Bro 😎👍🏽

  • NithiSh JVJ
    NithiSh JVJ6 days ago

    Masterpiece of a Sedan Half a century old and all that work, still speaks for itself

  • Freddy Mandry
    Freddy Mandry6 days ago

    Bmw is the best

  • Episteme 666
    Episteme 6666 days ago

    someone clearly never heard of the name alfa romeo.

  • Mustafa Hameed
    Mustafa Hameed6 days ago

    Even I didn't knew that ! But since ever I always considered this particular car the best of all.time to me ❤️ What a great suggestion from USplan 😍

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  • Rob Geronimo
    Rob Geronimo6 days ago

    Driving like an idiot.

  • vinee n
    vinee n6 days ago

    Still a gem of a design and performance, wish mercedes would do this again

  • Хмурый Кот
    Хмурый Кот6 days ago

    It cant be perfect because there is better version of it - w124 e60 😉

  • Modiene KANE
    Modiene KANE6 days ago

    Bobby Rahal had one

  • This is Important!
    This is Important!6 days ago

    This dude look like Adam Sandler + Ben Affleck

  • The Fort
    The Fort6 days ago

    I would like to disagree……….Toyota Camry is the only perfect sedan.

  • Sevanity
    Sevanity6 days ago

    Economy is the problem, engines shouldn´t last long... why would you buy a new car if your´s still running?

  • Cesar's Photography
    Cesar's Photography7 days ago

    wow impressive info. I didn't know any of this stuff, cool.

  • yves2075
    yves20757 days ago

    ...and the world's most perfect convertible? The sister, the R129.

  • Stefan Vasilev
    Stefan Vasilev7 days ago

    BMW E34 M is far more superior! Sorry MB! And BMW made it by self, in contrast with MB wich needed huge help from Porsche to make car competitor to M5.

    SHΔRΩΠ7 days ago

    The W124 was the last of the bullet proof Mercs, no Mercedes has been built to last like these were since. My dad was best friends with the managing director of Spar Trucks which was a Mercedes dealership back in the day and he got my dad the first 300D on the road in Britain, every now and then it was used for road tests for interested buyers as it was fully loaded and in Ice Diamond Blue which was a popular colour then. 👌👌👌

  • xo
    xo7 days ago

    what years are best?

  • El Cid
    El Cid7 days ago

    Owner of a 1995 E200, Im gettin older but young girls still want to satisfy my needs. :D

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  • samurai1833
    samurai18337 days ago

    I traded in my 2006 E500 for a 2013 S550 way back when, I would have kept the E but the family out grew it.

  • samurai1833


    7 days ago

    Just remembered why though, the friggin wiring was covered by Soybean plastic which began to degrade with age, changing one headlight was going to be astronomical in cost and effort and there was no telling what other electrical gremlins were lurking in the body!

  • Rose White
    Rose White7 days ago

    Rubbish video done in the dark! Light the effing car !

  • smiling jack
    smiling jack7 days ago

    it broke down a lot. it needed constant maintenance. it drank like a sailor on shore leave. it has a shitty gearbox. its not rocket science to stick a big engine in a little car and stiffen up the suspension. that is why Lexus make the most perfect sedans of all time. Lexus - like a merc but actually work and dont break down.

  • LeGoogle Chrome
    LeGoogle Chrome7 days ago

    It's not too fat! It's perfectly THICC👌

  • DarthInfimus
    DarthInfimus7 days ago

    So what's a 500E go for 2021?

  • John Paul
    John Paul7 days ago

    The car that will give you more service records of any car ever made. Perfect, no.

  • anjoLas
    anjoLas7 days ago

    basically, muricans drove bricks while we had this gems xD

  • uros sagadin
    uros sagadin7 days ago

    The headquarters in Zuffenhausen (not Stuttgart) are the centre of the Porsche world.

  • farzad sahibzada
    farzad sahibzada7 days ago

    Poor pursche working fpr mercedes just for money issues and they maked mercedes have a building of money by design of porsche.

  • Lin the Feline
    Lin the Feline8 days ago

    LS400, best sedan ever.

  • Xanny
    Xanny8 days ago

    W124 is not a compact sedan! It's an executive sedan (mid-size/modern e class). 190 class cars were compact sedans of that time

  • Arturas none
    Arturas none8 days ago

    When it is the engineer making the calls not the accountant... that is why we have trash coming out now

    CARL SMITH8 days ago

    no stick

  • Greg Killick
    Greg Killick8 days ago

    Jason such a good commentator.professional video great subject win win

  • cradleofalex
    cradleofalex8 days ago

    "MOST perfect"?

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  • SaBrE 2099
    SaBrE 20998 days ago

    If only it came with a manual box like the m5 did.

  • Deniss Mironovs
    Deniss Mironovs8 days ago

    Awesome video, ingenious car! But as a european I could not understand, why you call this massive beast a "compact"?

  • Dan May
    Dan May8 days ago

    I don't think I've seen a video Cammisa has done that I haven't loved.

  • ray h.
    ray h.8 days ago

    When I see a title like this, I know the guy has one for sale if not more ! Happened with every popular sports car , just go to USplan and you and others will start a propaganda campaign to get the market up where you want it and then release your supply , they have been doing this for years now ! Smarten up ! PS Its the comments section that does the real sales work, there are always owners of these cars who will to click on a video of the car they own and tell you how smart they were to buy it and you are a fool if you don't buy one too ! See how easy it is ? lol

  • Davorin Matic
    Davorin Matic8 days ago

    great made video

  • S.O
    S.O9 days ago

    Is not perfect ,it's ugly! There are more beautiful and better cars from that time