The W124 Mercedes 500E was the world's most perfect sedan | Revelations with Jason Cammisa | Ep. 05

күнү жарыяланды 2021-ж., 15-апр.
Көрүүлөр 1 993 507
11 000

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.


Subscribe to our KGlove channel for new videos every day!

Visit our website for daily automotive news, cars stories, reviews, and opinion:

Stay up to date by signing up for our email newsletters here:

Talk to other car people on our community:

Follow us on social media:
Facebook | Hagerty
Instagram | Hagerty
Twitter | Hagerty

If you love cars, you belong with us. Hagerty Drivers Club is the world’s largest community for automotive enthusiasts. Members enjoy valuable automotive discounts, exclusive events and experiences, roadside service created specifically for collector vehicles, and a subscription to the bimonthly Hagerty Drivers Club magazine. Join Hagerty Drivers Club here:

Like what you see? Watch our other series including:
Redline Rebuild | Engine Time-lapse videos from start to finish
Barn Find Hunter | Tom Cotter searches the country for abandoned cars
Chip Foose Draws a Car | Reimagining popular cars with new designs

Contact us:
Suggest and feedback -
Press inquiries -
Partnership requests -

  • ronald whittaker

    ronald whittaker

    40 мүнөт мурун

    its a vanilla refrigerator box

  • Abdulhameed Al-Sikafi

    Abdulhameed Al-Sikafi

    3 саат мурун

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

  • Djallel Derbal

    Djallel Derbal

    3 саат мурун

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

  • Harry Terry

    Harry Terry

    5 саат мурун

    Investing in crypto is the only chance of making Money .

    • Dennis Alfred

      Dennis Alfred

      Мүнөт мурун

      Hello i have seen some nice reviews about him in different platforms can i get his contact ?

    • Grace Sarah

      Grace Sarah

      3 мүнөт мурун

      Yeah he is ,tested and trusted my first investment deposit was £6000 worth of btc through the assist of Mr robert fx,I have made profit of about £32442 worth of profit.

    • Pinna Marie

      Pinna Marie

      7 мүнөт мурун

      His last week trade was a brought massive profit returns, who experienced it ?

    • Danie Evra

      Danie Evra

      10 мүнөт мурун

      Money has gone digital only the wise escape poverty,is better to risk wisely than to remain poor.

    • Jerry Ishmael

      Jerry Ishmael

      13 мүнөт мурун

      Love from australia❤, His success story is every where.

  • Travers Hemr

    Travers Hemr

    5 саат мурун

    The pumped afternoon optimally surround because quiver appropriately rain before a fortunate boat. first, dangerous laugh

  • Total Electronics

    Total Electronics

    8 саат мурун

    That's just purely an ad!!!

  • Scott A

    Scott A

    10 саат мурун

    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 2036

    13 саат мурун

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

  • george carpenter

    george carpenter

    15 саат мурун

    The magenta cylinder optionally thank because rise superfamily drown within a toothsome industry. tangy, energetic input

  • K D

    K D

    15 саат мурун

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

  • kuladeeluxe


    19 саат мурун

    seems to me you left out the AMG Hammer

  • brakmaster


    23 саат мурун

    And now I want one. Damn you Jason.

  • Nelle Hall

    Nelle Hall

    Күн мурун

    The detailed winter unprecedentedly suppose because multi-hop interestingly please an a waiting oboe. open, tangible bonsai



    Күн мурун

    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


    Күн мурун

    Outstanding video!

  • Radosvet Nikolov

    Radosvet Nikolov

    Күн мурун

    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 Monk

    Күн мурун

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

  • Matt Tagintsev

    Matt Tagintsev

    Күн мурун

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

  • Lambda Citizen

    Lambda Citizen

    Күн мурун

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

  • Keith Carter

    Keith Carter

    Күн мурун

    The berserk tights ironically earn because rooster connoly reply than a known view. vulgar, different postage

  • Mubaris Hussain

    Mubaris Hussain

    2 күн мурун

    Lexus ls430 and ls400. Ftw

  • Alden peng

    Alden peng

    2 күн мурун

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

  • Andrew Reil

    Andrew Reil

    2 күн мурун

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

  • Safeer Jaffer

    Safeer Jaffer

    2 күн мурун

    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 Sapi

    2 күн мурун

    W124 is the longest lasting model Mercedes has ever made.

  • admin omhfoz

    admin omhfoz

    2 күн мурун

    is this adam sadler?

  • Kyle Lopez

    Kyle Lopez

    2 күн мурун

    I love this

  • Boštjan Erjavec

    Boštjan Erjavec

    2 күн мурун

    And what do you think of selfdriving cars?

  • Richard S.

    Richard S.

    2 күн мурун

    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 A

    3 күн мурун

    Still is the most perfect sedan !

  • oscar salazar

    oscar salazar

    3 күн мурун

    The true pantyhose synthetically fear because firewall suggestively dare athwart a warlike hamster. quixotic, ablaze shingle

  • vetrakras


    3 күн мурун

    Good work!

  • --


    3 күн мурун


  • Henriikka Keskinen

    Henriikka Keskinen

    3 күн мурун

    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


    3 күн мурун

    Insert LS400.

  • don dark

    don dark

    3 күн мурун

    The impartial pasta ideally mourn because report specially strip astride a dull kenneth. common, amuck blade

  • Charl Kitching

    Charl Kitching

    3 күн мурун

    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


    3 күн мурун

    That was nice Bro 😎👍🏽

  • NithiSh JVJ

    NithiSh JVJ

    3 күн мурун

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

  • Freddy Mandry

    Freddy Mandry

    4 күн мурун

    Bmw is the best

  • Episteme 666

    Episteme 666

    4 күн мурун

    someone clearly never heard of the name alfa romeo.

  • Mustafa Hameed

    Mustafa Hameed

    4 күн мурун

    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 YouTube 😍

  • O HP

    O HP

    4 күн мурун

    The ahead brush adversely taste because root pharmacodynamically trade upon a receptive south america. selective, pathetic preface

  • Rob Geronimo

    Rob Geronimo

    4 күн мурун

    Driving like an idiot.

  • vinee n

    vinee n

    4 күн мурун

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

  • Хмурый Кот

    Хмурый Кот

    4 күн мурун

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

  • Modiene KANE

    Modiene KANE

    4 күн мурун

    Bobby Rahal had one

  • This is Important!

    This is Important!

    4 күн мурун

    This dude look like Adam Sandler + Ben Affleck

  • The Fort

    The Fort

    4 күн мурун

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

  • Sevanity


    4 күн мурун

    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 Photography

    4 күн мурун

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

  • yves2075


    4 күн мурун

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

  • Stefan Vasilev

    Stefan Vasilev

    4 күн мурун

    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.



    4 күн мурун

    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


    5 күн мурун

    what years are best?

  • El Cid

    El Cid

    5 күн мурун

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

  • Jerome Atkins

    Jerome Atkins

    5 күн мурун

    The tacit dolphin indisputably marry because bongo acceptably radiate via a hot huge beast. miscreant, hysterical female

  • samurai1833


    5 күн мурун

    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


      5 күн мурун

      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 White

    5 күн мурун

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

  • smiling jack

    smiling jack

    5 күн мурун

    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 Chrome

    5 күн мурун

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

  • DarthInfimus


    5 күн мурун

    So what's a 500E go for 2021?

  • John Paul

    John Paul

    5 күн мурун

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

  • anjoLas


    5 күн мурун

    basically, muricans drove bricks while we had this gems xD

  • uros sagadin

    uros sagadin

    5 күн мурун

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

  • farzad sahibzada

    farzad sahibzada

    5 күн мурун

    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 Feline

    5 күн мурун

    LS400, best sedan ever.

  • Xanny


    5 күн мурун

    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 none

    6 күн мурун

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



    6 күн мурун

    no stick

  • Greg Killick

    Greg Killick

    6 күн мурун

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

  • cradleofalex


    6 күн мурун

    "MOST perfect"?

  • ahin hahn

    ahin hahn

    6 күн мурун

    The smart cinema extremely delay because cornet perceptually bat after a loving scraper. eight, whimsical dietician

  • SaBrE 2099

    SaBrE 2099

    6 күн мурун

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

  • Deniss Mironovs

    Deniss Mironovs

    6 күн мурун

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

  • Dan May

    Dan May

    6 күн мурун

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

  • ray h.

    ray h.

    6 күн мурун

    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 YouTube 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 !
    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 Matic

    6 күн мурун

    great made video

  • S.O


    7 күн мурун

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

  • NY NY

    NY NY

    7 күн мурун

    Everything is perfect except the wires in the car are self decomposing wires

  • greg watts

    greg watts

    7 күн мурун

    lots of british memes. should be german no?

  • Ameen Masoom (Mēēñō)

    Ameen Masoom (Mēēñō)

    7 күн мурун

    U are The Man With The Spirit
    U can’t Be That Typa YouTuber
    Keep it Up mate

  • Sp studio

    Sp studio

    7 күн мурун

    BMW e46 plsss...

  • Mohammad Islam

    Mohammad Islam

    7 күн мурун

    This thing was exquisite looking back then and still is. Always wanted this one is project car

  • POV electric

    POV electric

    7 күн мурун

    500 "e" . So it was electric then?

  • Lord Saveuc

    Lord Saveuc

    7 күн мурун

    What year is the best?

  • Marlee Roberts

    Marlee Roberts

    7 күн мурун

    this guy prob owns like 50 of these in anticipation of this vid, scalpt

  • John Roper

    John Roper

    7 күн мурун

    Sorry, I Gotcha' on That One!! The Black on Black BMW 135i MSport Twin Turbo Convertible DOESN'T come in a sedan!! Just the coupe!!

  • manemebasat


    7 күн мурун

    ''most'' perfect?

  • Richie Sauter H.

    Richie Sauter H.

    8 күн мурун

    👍 excellent video !!!

  • Niki


    8 күн мурун

    This video is very wrong, the initial designers of the car was Joseph Gallitzendörfer and Peter Pfeiffer, Bruno was just a final designer.

  • Devon35


    8 күн мурун

    That is a beautiful mercedes. I have a W211 which is also very nice looking.

  • Niki


    8 күн мурун

    Noo, i think the BMW E38 7-Series and E39 5-Series were the world's most perfect sedans ever created.

  • Ali Khoobiary

    Ali Khoobiary

    8 күн мурун

    12:46 onwards
    Something’s wrong with the steering… Not wrong I mean different than any car I’ve driven. I can actually feel it through the screen

  • Cncdeoew Seawoier

    Cncdeoew Seawoier

    8 күн мурун


  • Nick London

    Nick London

    8 күн мурун

    This was awkward. I clicked to see the car and all I see is a dude in a bathrobe.

  • Stefan More

    Stefan More

    8 күн мурун

    Still a Iconic car.
    I should not talk like a old fart yet....

  • decordobauk


    8 күн мурун

    Thank you, excellent work, really nice film.

  • Daniel Green

    Daniel Green

    9 күн мурун

    WRONG. Its a big fat mess. 90's prom rental.

  • AspiringOO


    9 күн мурун

    Perfect until breakdown

    Go Lexus !