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

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.

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  1. A Dude

    A Dude

    3 uur geleden

    Idiot, can't you learn how to say PORSCHEEEEE, before talking about it? It's NOT Porschaaaa, it's Porscheeee; how difficult can that be?

  2. Jonathan 09

    Jonathan 09

    4 uur geleden

    I found this guy's narrative far more interesting than the specs the car has to present. It's rather what kept me to the end of the video😂😂

  3. MAX -

    MAX -

    6 uur geleden

    3:49 harshad mehta 🤟

  4. William Hennessy

    William Hennessy

    8 uur geleden

    My first car was a 1993 500 SEL.. that thing was a beast and rode like a cloud! Found the original window sticker at $97,000 shipped in from Germany to New Jersey, if only I never sold it 😑

  5. Ayman HardRace

    Ayman HardRace

    12 uur geleden

    How bout W210 model ? Can u make vdo bout it ?

  6. Kommunisator


    12 uur geleden

    A good friend of our family had a W124 T model , the 300 Turbodiesel iirc. It was a very, very nice car, and back then I wanted to buy it off of him, despite the (comparatively) high costs for tax due to its unfiltered Diesel engine. He refused for one single reason, he said: "Since I own this car, I have driven over 300.000km with it, and nothing went wrong with it. Nothing. First windshield, first exhaust, nothing done to the automatic, power steering, everything is working. Just by chance something big HAS to go wrong soon, and I do not want to sell a car to somebody I know, where that is bound to happen."

  7. The Transpanzer

    The Transpanzer

    13 uur geleden

    Look alot like my E420 (W210)

  8. JMS JMS2

    JMS JMS2

    14 uur geleden

    Thanks but no thanks

  9. B Kaley

    B Kaley

    14 uur geleden

    I'd vote for the 2006 Lexus LS430 as being the world's most perfect Luxury sedan.

  10. Slawko slawko

    Slawko slawko

    16 uur geleden

    Just Perfect Beautiful . The One . Jedyny w swoim rodzaju.

  11. Ganesha Shamsudin

    Ganesha Shamsudin

    19 uur geleden

    I do very like the way you reviewed the car and its history. Well done!

  12. Stroporez


    Dag geleden

    Finding little gems like this is why I still have hope for the YTube.

  13. Reza Arya

    Reza Arya

    Dag geleden

    What a wonderful, wonderful presenter!

  14. Alexander Cell

    Alexander Cell

    Dag geleden

    Your way to present the perfect sedan is Awesome!!! Can you do a video for an Aurus?

  15. rizal


    Dag geleden

    Next up, make a video about why 190E evolution is a modern classic

  16. Neptune Vibe

    Neptune Vibe

    2 dagen geleden

    The W211 is the best sedan...

  17. vancityguy


    2 dagen geleden

    This video earned you a Subscriber.

  18. venom5809


    2 dagen geleden

    Still one of my favorite cars to this day, my father had one, the guy he shared an office with at the time had one too, still has it actually and an NBA player in town at the time had one too. My uncle also had a 400E.

  19. Canuck Fobroader

    Canuck Fobroader

    2 dagen geleden

    I love this car!! Man is Jason a fantastic host.

  20. Anton Jørgensen

    Anton Jørgensen

    2 dagen geleden

    Wow, this gave me some major Old top gear review vibes

  21. Ali Cherif

    Ali Cherif

    2 dagen geleden

    Salla Allahou Allayhi wa sallem Salla Allahou Allayhi wa sallem

  22. Sezgin Çetin

    Sezgin Çetin

    2 dagen geleden

    Absolutley amazing car,every time Best🤩🤩🤩👍

  23. Luke Collins

    Luke Collins

    3 dagen geleden

    Nice I just brought one. (1:64 scale though)

  24. Lennart Proost

    Lennart Proost

    3 dagen geleden

    U made one mistake, its not Mercedes but Saab who made the best sedans.

  25. Steve


    3 dagen geleden

    We called it the "V-Boot" in Nigeria. Excellent car.

  26. Devin Cook

    Devin Cook

    3 dagen geleden

    Beautifully engineered. Hideous looking.

  27. Shahid Malik

    Shahid Malik

    3 dagen geleden

    Perfect sedan ? Lexus LS 430. Period.

  28. ♛♤I♤♛


    3 dagen geleden

    На фото Е500

  29. Uber mensch

    Uber mensch

    3 dagen geleden

    Oh you mean a Sentinel. I had one back in my Liberty city days.

  30. Asad Abdussalam

    Asad Abdussalam

    3 dagen geleden

    Most perfect? Lol

  31. Domingo De Anda

    Domingo De Anda

    3 dagen geleden

    That was pretty damn good

  32. .


    3 dagen geleden

    yeah but was it the perfectest?

  33. Suavey Styles

    Suavey Styles

    4 dagen geleden

    Bro, when you rubbed the delicious finger licking fender flares I cried laughing...

  34. Suavey Styles

    Suavey Styles

    4 dagen geleden

    Great video!!!!

  35. Suavey Styles

    Suavey Styles

    4 dagen geleden

    CL 500 Is my favorite!!! Just bought an E63. Whooooaaaaa!

  36. bluedragoncreative™


    4 dagen geleden


  37. Sam Laidler

    Sam Laidler

    4 dagen geleden

    I’m watching this excellent video sitting here in my W124 (diesel) with 302,858 miles on the clock, feeling quite proud. I was already utterly in love with this car, and this video helped me love it even more, I even thought it’s ‘only’ the E300.

  38. nomadben


    4 dagen geleden

    Great episode! But everyone knows the E39 M5 is the best sedan of all time ;)

  39. Bigotes HombredemuchoValor

    Bigotes HombredemuchoValor

    5 dagen geleden

    The 1997 Volvo C70 T5 was the fastest FWD production car in the world 97-98 true or false ??. 1/4 mile : 14.1 seconds . So.. it means the 97 C70 T5 would pulverize a 2004 STI from speeds 60-150 mph ??? I read from Autocar Magazine that C70 T5 and Volvo 850R beated 3 Ferraris 50-75 mph punch . And from Autocar Magazine UK I read that Saab 9000 Aero beated 50-70 mph acceleration was faster than 5 Supercars including Lambo Diablo . Motorweek did 14 seconds the 1/4 mile Volvo C70 T5 . Video : Motorweek 1997 C70 T5 . So. The C70 T5 was faster than a SAAB 9000 Aero 50-100 mph ????? . A mechanic told me the 1997 C70 T5 was the fastest FWD car in the world 97-1999 . And he said faster than a SAAB 9000 Aero he said and also he said the 97 C70 T5 would smoke a 2004-2007 WRX STI on highway 60-150 mph . He said the 97 C70 T5 was faster than a Volvo 850R because it was made by a Racing Company in Sweden . Please can you race a Saab 9000 Aero vs 97-99 Volvo C70 T5 ( Manual as seen in Motorweek ) vs 2004-2007 STI ???? We wanna know if it's True that C70 T5 and Saab 9000 Aero were the fastest FWD cars on planet Earth . And from that if STI can beat them or not 60-120-150 mph . The mechanic is a Subaru/Toyota mechanic and he said C70 T5 would destroy even a Ferrari Testarossa or Nissan R34 . Can we see you Racing if that is true ??? Pleasssse

  40. RSC II

    RSC II

    5 dagen geleden

    He takes it up the tailpipe. Excellent video, nonetheless.

  41. Luke Spector

    Luke Spector

    5 dagen geleden

    BMW = "Big Mouthed Wop"??? "Bring My Wallet"??? "Bullshit Machine for Wankers??? " Either way, ONLY Mercedes-Benz & Porsche are Germans worth restoration costs!

  42. Sahadi420


    5 dagen geleden

    I don't know why I haven't seen this channel. This guy (Jason Cammisa) and Chris Harris are two of my favorite car reviewers.

  43. Shred72


    5 dagen geleden


  44. Eric Langley

    Eric Langley

    5 dagen geleden


  45. Matt Hines

    Matt Hines

    5 dagen geleden

    Great piece!

  46. kid 420

    kid 420

    5 dagen geleden

    Great video! How about a video on the 400E since it's not that talked about?

  47. Hafiz Sani

    Hafiz Sani

    6 dagen geleden

    This host is so good!

  48. Lautaro Santander

    Lautaro Santander

    6 dagen geleden

    W124, the best of the best of the best...

  49. Selçuk Akyüz

    Selçuk Akyüz

    6 dagen geleden

    Neat copywriting. They don't make em like this anymore.

  50. Jake Wright

    Jake Wright

    6 dagen geleden

    this was THE car

  51. Angel Stoilkov

    Angel Stoilkov

    6 dagen geleden

    The best thing is i have the one from 1991 and it has a more calm diving experience than the 2020 Mercedes

  52. Ys Slmn

    Ys Slmn

    6 dagen geleden

    Stop watching once he put his finger in his nose, yak

  53. Jesse


    6 dagen geleden

    Ben Affleck's brother knows a lot about cars.

  54. Stallone Bhai

    Stallone Bhai

    6 dagen geleden

    Ben Affleck in a chilled mode

  55. Joshua Bartley

    Joshua Bartley

    7 dagen geleden

    What an absolutely beautiful car. I just picked up a 2007 280 with only 45,000 miles and it was a dr whom owned it. He sold it to me for insanely cheap! My son is 11 so I’m thinking about him and I customizing together then give it to him as his first car!

  56. Michael F

    Michael F

    7 dagen geleden

    What kinda tires were on that thing?

  57. VeryCleaverName


    7 dagen geleden

    I don't know why this popped up recommended. I want an airplane.

  58. Con Verdis

    Con Verdis

    7 dagen geleden

    What a great review off to watch it again and again. ❤️

  59. O K

    O K

    7 dagen geleden

    Thanks Ben! 👍

  60. Al Ameri

    Al Ameri

    7 dagen geleden

    I remember my childhood time (1982), it was the best and most expensive car was 500 SEL and then came 560 SEL

  61. Ice Blue

    Ice Blue

    7 dagen geleden

    It's so heavy that it feels good to use in a bumpy road.

  62. Michael Orekyeh

    Michael Orekyeh

    7 dagen geleden

    Also known as "The Factory Hammer"



    7 dagen geleden


  64. mattyjbsr


    7 dagen geleden

    Do you have any photos of the 500E and 993 together? That is the absolute perfect pair in existence, and I’d love to have that as a wallpaper

  65. Alex P.

    Alex P.

    8 dagen geleden

    ...and also , the world's ugliest sedan. Mercedes aesthetics suck..even today.

  66. Burhan Budak

    Burhan Budak

    8 dagen geleden

    It's more of a dictator/crime leader car.

  67. SotosM3 E30

    SotosM3 E30

    8 dagen geleden

    *laughs in M5*

  68. lqr824


    8 dagen geleden

    12:00 best designed, engineered, blah blah, sedan of all time? May I humbly present... BMW's E39 ('96-'03 5-series). I recall the auto journalists, commiserating with Mercedes after the E39 launch: "it must sting that, every time you release a model that gets a step ahead of the BMW, they come out with a new model that not so much moves the goal posts as literally hurls them over the horizon." My M5 is 21 years old now and I'm still waiting for a car of such beauty, performance, sound, interior, and quality to replace it with. Succeeding 5-series generations have been to big, the 3-series still seem down-market, and nothing is as beautiful.

  69. Christopher Charles

    Christopher Charles

    8 dagen geleden

    E28 review please? Frm Malaysia

  70. lqr824


    8 dagen geleden

    6:50 332HP from 5 liters? The E39 M5 got 400HP from that displacement, and could be increased to 500HP with kits. Anyone know if similar were available for this 500E?

  71. Sabyasachi Ghosh

    Sabyasachi Ghosh

    8 dagen geleden

    So what I understood is that if you have problems, run to Porsche

  72. lqr824


    8 dagen geleden

    3:10 the arm did NOT remain parallel to the airflow throughout its sweep. What the heck are you saying this and why are you saying it? The picture fully contradicts you.

  73. Hans Wurst

    Hans Wurst

    8 dagen geleden

    The W124 was also called "Deutscher Panzer" (German Tank) because it never breaks. Our W124 which we had was the most reliable ever since today. Our Family also worked at Mercedes 3 generations. But what came at the 2000s was just an engineering shame.

  74. felsner1


    8 dagen geleden

    Wish you wouldn't say "Portia" about "Porsche."

  75. Sloppy Turtle

    Sloppy Turtle

    8 dagen geleden

    European JUNK. Over priced, difficult to repair, expensive parts, pointlessly expensive to buy, not reliable, outdated, terrible resale value, petroleum based. NEVER buy european vehicles !...... or crystler for that matter. JUNK !

  76. Em Are

    Em Are

    8 dagen geleden

    I always wanted to buy this car, the diesel one....and now I most likely will....God willing

  77. Guillermo Carrillo

    Guillermo Carrillo

    8 dagen geleden

    This dude reminds me of Adam Sandler. Good review btw and what a beautiful Benz. Coming from a bmw owner n54 engine twin turbo! I might need a Benz on my bucket list.

  78. Hamza Sadkaoui

    Hamza Sadkaoui

    8 dagen geleden

    This is Why Mercedes is my favorite car And for me to want that old car as my car right now in 2021 speaks volumes of this mammoth of a tycoon

  79. Colorado Cool Kid

    Colorado Cool Kid

    8 dagen geleden

    Needs daytons

  80. MarcoNoPolo


    8 dagen geleden

    11:49 Bro. Did you pee your pants or is that something else?

  81. Ather Zaidi

    Ather Zaidi

    8 dagen geleden

    The class of time, revolution succeed. Hats off for this video.

  82. turkeypaz


    8 dagen geleden

    Good god this popped up and it is amazing quality made better due to nostalgia. But aside from that, this is on the level of, but more chill than top gear. I am not a car person but wow....

  83. Simon Fowler

    Simon Fowler

    8 dagen geleden

    GREAT video and explanation thanks and what a car!!!!

  84. Peteri Davies

    Peteri Davies

    8 dagen geleden

    Does this one have the famous emission defeating devices fitted as standard or an optional extra...? Will rebates and or parts still be available when the EU finally collapses...? Personally, I think a Lexus or Toyota for me... Reliable and longevity built in, unsurpassed Japanese quality.

  85. David White

    David White

    8 dagen geleden

    there is one sitting in the driveway next to my house for at least the pass 10 years. It breaks my heart every day as i have to walk pass it. Owner doesn't to sell!!!!!

  86. Ali Raza

    Ali Raza

    8 dagen geleden

    Think if Mercedes today refurbish this car with the newer tech 🤯

    • Ali Raza

      Ali Raza

      4 dagen geleden

      Led headlights u know 😼

    • Ali Raza

      Ali Raza

      4 dagen geleden

      @robroy habich like a digital meter in it damnnn🤣

    • robroy habich

      robroy habich

      4 dagen geleden

      Newer tech? W124 had the right and most reliable tech

  87. Sersou


    8 dagen geleden

    I'm stunned by the production quality of this video. Here ... Take my sub.

  88. Albin111


    8 dagen geleden

    best sedan in the world and then booooooooommm bmw comes with the e39 m5

  89. André Catani

    André Catani

    9 dagen geleden

    So sad that sedans are vanishing today, giving place to all those ugly and stupid SUVs...

  90. Matt's Garage

    Matt's Garage

    9 dagen geleden

    I would 100% agree if I didn’t own the coupe version... Really such a great looking car from every angle!

  91. Trey Scudder

    Trey Scudder

    9 dagen geleden

    Loved my 1990 300E.... great car. The giant V8 in the 500 looks like a complete bear to work on.

  92. Jason Goweser

    Jason Goweser

    9 dagen geleden

    Nice video, thanks. I, myself, drive W124 3.2 Sportline 1995.

  93. Clayton Bridges

    Clayton Bridges

    9 dagen geleden

    *cough* LS400 *cough*

  94. Ozi Yılmaz

    Ozi Yılmaz

    9 dagen geleden

    Well you say "500E over cornered M cars" dear Jason, I watched Keiichi Tsuchiya (a.k.a DK) killed 500E with a 3.8 E34 M5 on the track. I agree W124 is a legendary car which 500E is even more legendary but E34 M5 is a better "sports car".

  95. Simon Ardfors

    Simon Ardfors

    9 dagen geleden

    That grain filter on all the old footage looks really bad

  96. J Mills

    J Mills

    9 dagen geleden

    Jason, this is content you were born to create. Poor man’s Ryan Reynolds anyone? + as an enthusiast who came of age in the 90’s this car remains a pinnacle and I will boot myself for not buying one for 20k with 40000 miles

  97. ghetto journalist tv

    ghetto journalist tv

    9 dagen geleden

    lovely driving this masterpiece

  98. Edward Kokol

    Edward Kokol

    9 dagen geleden

    I worked at a Mercedes Benz dealership for over 19 years (starting in 1988). The500E was an awesome car and fun to drive. The video says no Porsche parts, but I remember standing at the parts counter as they ordered transmission parts from Porsche for a 500E. My friend who still works there had one. He always floored it when we went to lunch. Good times.

  99. alan Qtrmaine

    alan Qtrmaine

    9 dagen geleden

    Gave the thumbs up just for the title

  100. xnreyescj


    10 dagen geleden

    Thank you Mercedes-Benz for lobbying ($$$) U.S. congress in '88 and passing the Vehicle Safety Compliance Act.