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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  • π-ШТО
    π-ШТОTime siden

    this video is one of the reasons i hate waking up

  • ScoutingForZen
    ScoutingForZen3 timer siden

    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
    pridon kvantaliani4 timer siden

    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 Farah4 timer siden

    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 Juggernaut5 timer siden

    I had no idea Jon Cryer from 2 and a Half Men was a car guy

  • Bun Mok
    Bun Mok6 timer siden

    it's so comforting that he pronounced "Porsche" correctly

  • Lew Lewis
    Lew Lewis6 timer siden

    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 Stock9 timer siden

    OH YEA

  • Richie Rich
    Richie Rich11 timer siden

    I remember them making a few prototypes with a 5 speed manual, that would have made it the "perfect sedan"

  • A Dude
    A Dude14 timer siden

    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 0915 timer siden

    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 -
    MAX -17 timer siden

    3:49 harshad mehta 🤟

  • William Hennessy
    William Hennessy19 timer siden

    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 HardRace23 timer siden

    How bout W210 model ? Can u make vdo bout it ?

  • Kommunisator
    Kommunisator23 timer siden

    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 TranspanzerDag siden

    Look alot like my E420 (W210)

  • JMS JMS2
    JMS JMS2Dag siden

    Thanks but no thanks

  • B Kaley
    B KaleyDag siden

    I'd vote for the 2006 Lexus LS430 as being the world's most perfect Luxury sedan.

  • Slawko slawko
    Slawko slawkoDag siden

    Just Perfect Beautiful . The One . Jedyny w swoim rodzaju.

  • Ganesha Shamsudin
    Ganesha ShamsudinDag siden

    I do very like the way you reviewed the car and its history. Well done!

  • Stroporez
    StroporezDag siden

    Finding little gems like this is why I still have hope for the YTube.

  • Reza Arya
    Reza Arya2 dager siden

    What a wonderful, wonderful presenter!

  • Alexander Cell
    Alexander Cell2 dager siden

    Your way to present the perfect sedan is Awesome!!! Can you do a video for an Aurus?

  • rizal
    rizal2 dager siden

    Next up, make a video about why 190E evolution is a modern classic

  • Neptune Vibe
    Neptune Vibe2 dager siden

    The W211 is the best sedan...

  • vancityguy
    vancityguy2 dager siden

    This video earned you a Subscriber.

  • venom5809
    venom58092 dager siden

    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 Fobroader2 dager siden

    I love this car!! Man is Jason a fantastic host.

  • Anton Jørgensen
    Anton Jørgensen3 dager siden

    Wow, this gave me some major Old top gear review vibes

  • Ali Cherif
    Ali Cherif3 dager siden

    Salla Allahou Allayhi wa sallem Salla Allahou Allayhi wa sallem

  • Sezgin Çetin
    Sezgin Çetin3 dager siden

    Absolutley amazing car,every time Best🤩🤩🤩👍

  • Luke Collins
    Luke Collins3 dager siden

    Nice I just brought one. (1:64 scale though)

  • Lennart Proost
    Lennart Proost3 dager siden

    U made one mistake, its not Mercedes but Saab who made the best sedans.

  • Steve
    Steve3 dager siden

    We called it the "V-Boot" in Nigeria. Excellent car.

  • Devin Cook
    Devin Cook3 dager siden

    Beautifully engineered. Hideous looking.

  • Shahid Malik
    Shahid Malik4 dager siden

    Perfect sedan ? Lexus LS 430. Period.

  • ♛♤I♤♛
    ♛♤I♤♛4 dager siden

    На фото Е500

  • Uber mensch
    Uber mensch4 dager siden

    Oh you mean a Sentinel. I had one back in my Liberty city days.

  • Asad Abdussalam
    Asad Abdussalam4 dager siden

    Most perfect? Lol

  • Domingo De Anda
    Domingo De Anda4 dager siden

    That was pretty damn good

  • .
    .4 dager siden

    yeah but was it the perfectest?

  • Suavey Styles
    Suavey Styles4 dager siden

    Bro, when you rubbed the delicious finger licking fender flares I cried laughing...

  • Suavey Styles
    Suavey Styles4 dager siden

    Great video!!!!

  • Suavey Styles
    Suavey Styles4 dager siden

    CL 500 Is my favorite!!! Just bought an E63. Whooooaaaaa!

  • bluedragoncreative™
    bluedragoncreative™4 dager siden


  • Sam Laidler
    Sam Laidler4 dager siden

    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
    nomadben5 dager siden

    Great episode! But everyone knows the E39 M5 is the best sedan of all time ;)

  • Bigotes HombredemuchoValor
    Bigotes HombredemuchoValor5 dager siden

    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
    RSC II5 dager siden

    He takes it up the tailpipe. Excellent video, nonetheless.

  • Luke Spector
    Luke Spector5 dager siden

    BMW = "Big Mouthed Wop"??? "Bring My Wallet"??? "Bullshit Machine for Wankers??? " Either way, ONLY Mercedes-Benz & Porsche are Germans worth restoration costs!

  • Sahadi420
    Sahadi4205 dager siden

    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
    Shred725 dager siden


  • Eric Langley
    Eric Langley5 dager siden


  • Matt Hines
    Matt Hines6 dager siden

    Great piece!

  • kid 420
    kid 4206 dager siden

    Great video! How about a video on the 400E since it's not that talked about?

  • Hafiz Sani
    Hafiz Sani6 dager siden

    This host is so good!

  • Lautaro Santander
    Lautaro Santander6 dager siden

    W124, the best of the best of the best...

  • Selçuk Akyüz
    Selçuk Akyüz7 dager siden

    Neat copywriting. They don't make em like this anymore.

  • Jake Wright
    Jake Wright7 dager siden

    this was THE car

  • Angel Stoilkov
    Angel Stoilkov7 dager siden

    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 Slmn7 dager siden

    Stop watching once he put his finger in his nose, yak

  • Jesse
    Jesse7 dager siden

    Ben Affleck's brother knows a lot about cars.

  • Stallone Bhai
    Stallone Bhai7 dager siden

    Ben Affleck in a chilled mode

  • Joshua Bartley
    Joshua Bartley7 dager siden

    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 F7 dager siden

    What kinda tires were on that thing?

  • VeryCleaverName
    VeryCleaverName7 dager siden

    I don't know why this popped up recommended. I want an airplane.

  • Con Verdis
    Con Verdis7 dager siden

    What a great review off to watch it again and again. ❤️

  • O K
    O K8 dager siden

    Thanks Ben! 👍

  • Al Ameri
    Al Ameri8 dager siden

    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 Blue8 dager siden

    It's so heavy that it feels good to use in a bumpy road.

  • Michael Orekyeh
    Michael Orekyeh8 dager siden

    Also known as "The Factory Hammer"

    HAPPIIEEE8 dager siden


  • mattyjbsr
    mattyjbsr8 dager siden

    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.8 dager siden

    ...and also , the world's ugliest sedan. Mercedes aesthetics suck..even today.

  • Burhan Budak
    Burhan Budak8 dager siden

    It's more of a dictator/crime leader car.

  • SotosM3 E30
    SotosM3 E308 dager siden

    *laughs in M5*

  • lqr824
    lqr8248 dager siden

    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
    Christopher Charles8 dager siden

    E28 review please? Frm Malaysia

  • lqr824
    lqr8248 dager siden

    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 Ghosh8 dager siden

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

  • lqr824
    lqr8248 dager siden

    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 Wurst8 dager siden

    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
    felsner18 dager siden

    Wish you wouldn't say "Portia" about "Porsche."

  • Sloppy Turtle
    Sloppy Turtle8 dager siden

    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 Are8 dager siden

    I always wanted to buy this car, the diesel one....and now I most likely will....God willing

  • Guillermo Carrillo
    Guillermo Carrillo8 dager siden

    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.

  • Hamza Sadkaoui
    Hamza Sadkaoui8 dager siden

    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

  • Colorado Cool Kid
    Colorado Cool Kid8 dager siden

    Needs daytons

  • MarcoNoPolo
    MarcoNoPolo9 dager siden

    11:49 Bro. Did you pee your pants or is that something else?

  • Ather Zaidi
    Ather Zaidi9 dager siden

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

  • turkeypaz
    turkeypaz9 dager siden

    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....

  • Simon Fowler
    Simon Fowler9 dager siden

    GREAT video and explanation thanks and what a car!!!!

  • Peteri Davies
    Peteri Davies9 dager siden

    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.

  • David White
    David White9 dager siden

    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!!!!!

  • Ali Raza
    Ali Raza9 dager siden

    Think if Mercedes today refurbish this car with the newer tech 🤯

  • Ali Raza

    Ali Raza

    5 dager siden

    Led headlights u know 😼

  • Ali Raza

    Ali Raza

    5 dager siden

    @robroy habich like a digital meter in it damnnn🤣

  • robroy habich

    robroy habich

    5 dager siden

    Newer tech? W124 had the right and most reliable tech

  • Sersou
    Sersou9 dager siden

    I'm stunned by the production quality of this video. Here ... Take my sub.

  • Albin111
    Albin1119 dager siden

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

  • André Catani
    André Catani9 dager siden

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

  • Matt's Garage
    Matt's Garage9 dager siden

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

  • Trey Scudder
    Trey Scudder9 dager siden

    Loved my 1990 300E.... great car. The giant V8 in the 500 looks like a complete bear to work on.