Between 1991 and 1994, Porsche started a project in collaboration with Mercedes Benz where they would take brand new 500 E Sedan’s, rebuild them, and add a bunch of Porsche magic. The entire process took 18 days to rebuild the cars by hand and they were transported back and forth between the Mercedes Plant and Porsche’s Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany. The end result was a high-performance version of the W124 sedan.
It’s powered by the original 5.0L V8, but it now makes 322hp and 354 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a four speed automatic. Total such numbers seem painfully normal today, but at the time this big heavy German luxury sedan could hang with almost anything. 62mph arrived in 6.1 seconds and it had a top speed of 161mph.
Its performance lead it to be regarded as “a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”; today, we’d call it a sleeper. Other features include a slightly lower ride height, a wider overall stance, side skirts, a front air-dam, wider wheels and tires. 10,000 were made, making them very rare.
The example here is a 1992 car from California. There’s zero rust, and it sits at just 34,000 miles. Fancy a Benz’ built by Porsche with 34,000 miles? This one is currently listed for $58,000usd. Chances are these will continue to appreciate as the years go on – plus, now you can brag about not only having a Benz’, but having a Benz’ built by Porsche.