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Power, Poise and a Vanishing Breed: Five V8 Sedans on the Cheap

M119 W124

Every time I turn around these days it seems like another manufacturer is forfeiting good old burbling big-displacement torquetastic motoring for force-fed fours and sixes. It would appear that the V8’s days are numbered, particularly in cars that us regular Joes can lay our hands on without taking out a second third mortgage. Along with the V8s, regular rear-wheel drive seems to be fading into obscurity replaced with all-wheel. Now I appreciate traction as much as anyone, especially after all the snow that we’ve been graced with this winter, but sometimes you want your back wheels pushing, your front wheels steering, and never the two shall meet. It’s definitely old school, but I guess that I am, too.
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1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E: Are Values for Good Ones on the Rise?

Among the interesting trends we noted at the Essen show last week was very strong asking prices for Mercedes-Benz W124 500Es. Even considering the Essen +/- 10% surcharge, sellers were looking for money starting about $30K for slightly worn cars to at least one decent but not perfect car with an asking price in the neighborhood of $90K. Considering that’s what they sold for new, that one seemed just a tad optimistic to me, but it got me wondering: are the values for clean, original 500Es poised to increase substantially in the next few years, and consequently, should I be buying one now?

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Nürburgring Nordschleife: Mecca for Motorheads

As I get older, I remember less and less. But I remember vividly Tuesday, March 27, 2007 – the day I first drove the Nürburgring. I flew in to London’s Heathrow airport with a 6:00am arrival, where I met up with the editorial team from Mercedes Enthusiast magazine who picked me up in style in a then-new W211 Mercedes E500 sport, and we headed east with me at the wheel. On the wrong side of the car. On about two hours of sleep. We hit the Eurotunnel train to Calais, and drove from there through the farms of Belgium and France and on to the quaint little German hamlet of Nürburg situated in the Eifel mountains. “Quaint” save for one little thing: the Nürburgring.

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E: The Banker’s Hotrod Revisited

Okay, so maybe a Porsche 928 is too small for your (my) growing family. I beg to differ, but for purposes of discussion, let’s go with it. How about a car assembled for the most part in Porsche’s same Zuffenhausen plant from solid Mercedes-Benz W124 and R129 parts? What if that car is limited production and goes as fast as anyone needs to go? Now we’re talking the same language, right? Enter the Mercedes-Benz 500E. Designed by Mercedes, Built by Porsche. Life is good. See this really cheap example on Craigslist in Charlotte, NC. You can probably afford that, and it’s a better car than you have.

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