Rare Hand-Made Porsche-Built Mercedes-Benz E500 Spotted on the Way To Work

By  March 3, 2015
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Normally, I’m not much of a follower of German sedans, but I know well enough to think that flared fenders on a factory body might mean something special. Exactly what, I wasn’t sure, but the flares and “E500” badge, which sounded familiar from what some friends may have mentioned before, caught my interest enough to grab a quick photo of it before the light turned green and the Smoke Silver sedan disappeared into the city.

What I didn’t know at the time was that this E500 was a rather rare bird, only made for a few years and hand-built by Porsche of all things, taking (according to this old SuperStreet article I found) 18 days to build.

Mercedes-Benz E500 badge close up

The E500 and slightly more powerful but less-brake equipped 500E were not just built by Porsche but apparently had Porsche-specific suspension tuning as well. In a way this is like an odd cousin of the Porsche Panamera.

Mercedes-Benz E500 fender flare

A closer look at the subtle fender flare.

And to think, without those slight flares to the fenders, I’d never have noticed it…

Text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf