View Full Version : SOLD: 1991 500E Euro, Silver/Black

06-04-2011, 12:58 PM
I came across this yesterday:


This should be one of the very first ones.

06-04-2011, 01:24 PM
Interesting. With those wheels and steering wheel, it could very well be that this was a very early production model or a late pre-production prototype of the car.

There were 46 cars officially produced as "model year 1990" cars.

I just recently also found out that the very last E500 was produced in September, 1995. I had only known it was June or July of that year. So there must have been just a few produced in the months after May/June.


06-06-2011, 01:35 PM
I was told by someone at MB HQ in NJ MANY, many years ago that the very last E500 was a silver over all red interior car (like one of the silver arrows) and was given to Hans Hermann to celebrate his driving accomplishments with MB.

Can anyone confirm that this is actually true ... or false?

As I understood it; Hans didn't drive the car much and the car now resides in a Swiss collection (?) Neat story if there's any merit to it. I'd sure love to see the pictures from the ceremony (wpouldn't you guys?)...there has to be some documentation of it somewhere. The E500Es were very 'special' cars for MB back in the 90s....there should be something on the last one(s).

06-06-2011, 04:54 PM
My database (entry from early 2008) shows the following:

Production April, 1995

SUPPOSEDLY LAST PRODUCTION E500 MADE. Car has plaque inscribed on center console near ashtray detailing VIN and fact that it was last production E500, and month of manufacture.

On sale in the UK Feb. 2008; has framed certificate detailing original owner and last car produced (supposedly). UK car. Asking price GBP 20,000. Original purchaser paid in April 1995 GBP 66,000 (USD $129,000). Dealer installed JBL mega sound system custom specified by original buyer.


P.S. Attached are the only two photos I have of said car.

06-08-2011, 01:34 PM
That plaque certainly dispells the lore...thanx for sharing. Kinda looks like a plaque that any trophy seller can make tho doesn't it?

Now to find the guy at HQ to show him this ...LOL. Wonder if Hans was even honored with any E500(?).

06-08-2011, 03:24 PM
:mrgreen: no heated seats on this last production then?

06-08-2011, 08:03 PM
FYI, VIN number WDB1240361C242244 is paint color 199 (Pearl Black) with code 275 (Parchment) interior. Which isn't silver with red interior. Must be a different car. But yeah, strange that it didn't have bun warmers...


06-08-2011, 08:18 PM
I wonder if one would get extra points (https://www.500eboard.com/forums/) with the chicks for owning & driving the last .036 ever made.

400Eric, Vince, any thoughts on this?


04-06-2016, 10:23 AM
i have the 1990 model in gibraltar all stanard

04-06-2016, 10:51 AM
Update on the car in the original post. This was not a 1990 model, based on the VIN (WDB1240361B648605) it was probably built in late 1991. In USA this would have been considered a 1992 model year.

Also, the car was for sale around summer 2010, and sold for ~$31k USD including auction premium:


One owner from new
1991 Mercedes-Benz 500E
Chassis no. WDB1240361B648605

The Q-car is accorded a special place in the hearts of many enthusiasts and Peter Baumberger was a leading one of them. There is, after all, something appealing about a car that looks like it wouldn't swat a fly but actually kicks like a mule.

Meet the Mercedes 500E an ordinary E-Class equipped with a 326bhp 5.0-litre V8. That may not sound particularly impressive, but back in 1991 when it was launched, a Porsche 911 Turbo only had 316bhp...

The Porsche analogy is a fitting one since Merccedes turned to the sports car marque for help creating the 500E. Each car was hand built at Porsche's Zuffenhausen facility and took 18 days to complete. This was a bespoke, specialist car. Track widths were widened by an inch and a half, the wheelarches were flared to compensate, the suspension was lowered and stiffened, bigger brakes were fitted and a subtle very subtle bodykit was added.

The 32 valve V8 was derived from the 500SL's and delivered a massive 354lb ft of torque to the rear wheels. Despite featuring a four-speed automatic gearbox, contemporary road tests achieved the benchmark 0-60mph sprint in under six seconds, with the quarter mile taking 14 sec and rumours that derestricted cars could hit 170mph flat out.

Inside, occupants didn't want for anything, the 500E exceptionally well kitted out as standard with features that included Recaro leather seats and the option of a cellular telephone. Left-hand drive only, Mercedes built a little over 10,000 during three years of production.

The W124 generation E-Class is widely considered to be one of the best-built cars Mercedes ever produced, meaning this 104,623km car can be considered a low mileage example! Ordered new by Peter Baumberger in silver grey with black leather (perhaps the most desirable colour scheme of all), it comes with all the necessary manuals and a Becker stereo system. The car is illustrated with winter wheels and tyres fitted; we hope to locate the summer set prior to the auction so please check back with us. This 500E normally resided at the Baur au Lac in Zurich, one of Peter's favourite hotels, where it provided motoring entertainment in between board meetings!

Although the autobahn is the 500E's natural habitat and it was never regarded as a go-kart ('a groundborne executive jet' is how Motor Trend described it), the mega-Merc certainly leaves a lasting impression and is already a young classic.

The Baumberger Collection 500E is offered with Swiss registration (cancelled) and a full complement of owners handbooks.

The alloy summer wheels for this motor car have been located and are now fitted. The winter wheels are also included in the sale. Additional items included with this lot: jack, fire extinguisher, wheel nuts & first aid kit