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A new Mercedes-Benz flashed its headlights behind autobahn drivers in the late 1980s – at 175 mph. That $150,000 AMG “Hammer” thrilled enthusiasts in 1988, and led, three years later, to the 500 E sedan, built jointly with Porsche on the 959 production line. Each 500 E took 18 days to build. The US version went from 0–60 mph in less than six seconds and could achieve 155 mph. At $79,200, only 633 were sold in 1992, and US-bound production totaled just 1,528 over three years. The 500 E was powered by the high-performance, 322 bhp V-8 from the 500 SL, and was built with a lowered suspension, larger-diameter anti-lock brakes, wider fenders and wheels, high-performance tires, heavier sway bars, and auto-leveling suspension.
This 500 E presents as an immaculate survivor. The first owner, Ms. Shelton of Pennsylvania, bought it from Mercedes-Benz of Fort Washington on April 27, 1992, and drove it just over 1,200 miles a year on average before selling it at the end of 2017. At the time of cataloguing, it displayed only 31,177 miles.
The leather-trimmed interior features climate control, dual air bags, heated leather seats by Recaro, an electric sunroof, and Blaupunkt stereo. Accompanying the sale are maintenance receipts spanning two decades from the original owner, plus manuals, tools, and the original window sticker. Fine examples of the 500 E are among the most envied and exclusive European cars of the era, making this offering an opportunity not to be missed.