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San Francisco - Not a Porsche, I know - 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E Sedan - 101k Miles

I know, this 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E is technically not a Porsche. However, I'm including it because these cars did roll off of Porsche's assembly line in the early '90s, and Porsche played a major role in designing the suspension geometry. 

The 500E was the ultimate sleeper sedan. Using the W124 Mercedes-Benz E-class's bodywork, these cars are incredibly understated at first glance. The casual observer won't notice the hand-wrought fender flares and 500E badging at the rear, but open the hood, and the story changes. The 500E used the 5.0-liter V8 from the 500SL convertible, which takes up basically the entire engine bay.

That engine is good for around 322 horsepower and a 0-60 time of around 6 seconds, which is amazing for an early '90s car. I've driven one of these cars myself, and I'm happy to report that the torque is absolutely monstrous, and the factory Recaro bucket seats do a great job of keeping you planted.

The 500E was largely hand-built, taking approximately 18 days to complete as it was shipped back and forth between the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche factories. As a result, it's pretty rare, with only 10,000 assembled worldwide, 1,596 of which are 1993s. 

This particular example shows promise, though the seller does admit that the previous owner deferred maintenance. The seller has done some important upgrades, including an ECU tune that improves shift-times and redline. My only complaint about the 500E was its sluggish gearbox, but this one should be sharp.

Advertised at $25.95k, it's a lot of car for the money. Just make sure you can get expert to check out the timing chain guides and tensioners before you pull the trigger. See photos below:




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