The Mercedes 500 E is a legend, and although the model fell out of favour for several years, those enlightened enthusiasts who hung on to their cars were not mistaken: from its birth, the saloon assembled by Porsche had the potential to become a collectors' car. And yet... That was without reckoning with Mercedes' historic tuning partner, AMG. Once AMG got its hands on the car, the result was an explosive combination. In 1993, after the W124's third and final facelift, 12 examples of the E60 were first of all assembled directly at AMG's workshops; these were retrospectively named the E60 Limited. These rare examples were sold by the company at an astronomical price, but made such an impact that a select group of additional customers asked for similar cars. Mercedes offered them the possibility of having a new 500 E delivered to AMG, where the tuner would look after modifying the car. The capacity of the V8 engine was increased to 6 litres and power increased to 381 bhp, while the car was fitted with longer gearing, a sportier
AMG suspension set-up and, of course, alloy wheels specific to AMG. Only 126 or so such cars were ever built. The W124 E60 AMG thus has all the ingredients which make up a real gem: a unique engine, unrivalled power at the time, very limited production and, above all, an exceptionally strong character.
The model which we are offering for sale is a genuine E60 AMG. Its history is confirmed by its original bill of sale, a point on which every E60 must be beyond reproach. This car was originally ordered new and delivered on 28 September 1993 by Lukas Hüni in Zurich. It was ordered in dark blue with a blue leather interior and first registered on 1 October 1993 in Geneva. It was then dispatched to AMG to be modified. It returned to Lukas Hüni on 17 December 1993 and delivered to its first owner, an important business banker. It was later sold through Lukas
Hüni to is current owner, a major collector of Mercedes. The bill of sale specifies several modifications, including the installation of the 6-litre engine, AMG suspension and longer gearing, but also the fitment of a special speedometer reading to 300 km/h (186 mph) and the removal of the speed limiter, which was normally restricted to 250 km/h (155 mph). The car is equipped with numerous options, including a sunroof, electric front seats with memory function, automatic climate control and an electrically adjustable steering column and interior rear-view mirror, without forgetting a hifi system with a Becker CD changer. This extremely rare
E60 has always been in the hands of wealthy owners in Switzerland and has been scrupulously maintained. It comes with its service booklet and is showing less than 77,000 km. Today, it is in exceptional condition. The bodywork is excellent and has its original paint, which remains superb. The interior meanwhile is simply splendid: the wood trim has a rich shine and the blue leather is scarcely worn. A car which is very difficult to find, this E60 AMG deserves the attention of the most demanding collectors. Its exclusivity and inherent qualities make it one of the most desirable modern classics to have been built in Germany.