So good he owned it twice! Owned by Sir Rowan Atkinson for 4 years [after it was 6 months old] and regularly featured in Car Magazine [Atkinson wrote a monthly column]. With its third owner for 23 years, then repurchased by Atkinson such was his enjoyment of this car.
Atkinson is the current registered keeper of this rare & last in the long line of hand-built 'banker's hot-rods' by Mercedes-Benz.
Built to compete with the E34 M5, the 500E project was based on the W124 E-class. Conversion of the W124 chassis into 500E was done by hand. Each car took over eighteen days to complete. During production, 500E were transported across Stuttgart between the Mercedes and Porsche factories. Both companies shared key aspects of the design, development, modification, and production of 500E.
It's believed Mercedes-Benz lost money on every 500E produced. Given the 18-day production cycle, the back and forth between factories, and all the hand craftsmanship, it’s easy to see why the car was a not-for-profit project. For Mercedes-Benz, 500E was more about making a statement.
500E are gaining traction with collectors and enthusiasts alike. This rare hand-built Mercedes is remarkably tidy, original, complete & correct throughout matched with a comprehensive fully documented service/maintenance history [box] file demonstrating 33 [Thirty-three] dealer/specialist services: last @ 192k [serviced every 5.5k]. MOT 29-02-2020 [no advisories].
Considered the ultimate 1990's Q-car. This particular 500E is undoubtedly the most famous example of them all, regularly written about in the worlds most famous Car magazine and sharing garage space with Atkinson's collection including [twice re-built] 3 million pound McLaren F1. A petrol-heads dream!
For further information on this remarkable car or to make an appointment to view: call 01332 854631 and ask for Anthony White.
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