Rowan Atkinson Apparently Has One More Mercedes 500E To Sell

A celebrity-owned example of the Mercedes 500E, which is also one of just 29 UK-supplied cars in left hand drive, is hitting the auction block in May.

Rowan Atkinson is a world-class celebrity with some pretty fine taste in cars, as it has been very well documented over the years. One of the British actor’s most famous possessions was a McLaren F1, which he crashed twice, as well as various Aston Martins, a Honda NSX, a Ferrari 456 GT, pre-war BMWs – the list is long.

You might recall that this isn’t the first time Atkinson offers a 500E for sale; back in February 2018, the actor sold another 500E along with a lovely Lancia Thema 8.32, the square Italian saloon that’s powered by a Ferrari V8.

As it turns out Atkinson had more than one 500Es in his garage, with the specific car being a pre-facelift example from 1991. He bought the car new and kept it for four years before selling it to its second owner. After 23 years, in 2017, Atkinson repurchased the car and now it offers it in a Classic Car Auction sale that will take place on May 25.

The Mercedes 500E is considered to be one of the ultimate “wolfs in sheep’s clothing” of the 1990s. It was developed and assembled by Porsche in Zuffenhausen on behalf of Mercedes, with power coming from a 5.0-liter V8 with 326hp. 0-62mph (100km/h) came in 5.9 seconds, with top speed limited to 155mph (250km/h).

This specific car has been featured in UK’s Car magazine and comes with a comprehensive history file. Mind you, it’s not a garage queen as it has covered 193,000 miles and is expected to fetch an “attractive” price for those who want a 500E to use and enjoy.

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  • Craig

    The 500E was yet another car on my dream car list. I still love it. I love performance sedans more than any other type of car.

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    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      I’ve just realised my 2.0 liter car has the same performance.
      How technology has improved performance!

      • Craig

        It’s incredible isn’t it. The engine in my first car – a 1982 Honda Civic 1500 GL – made 83 hp. An ’84 Camaro Z28 5.0 HIGH OUTPUT that I once owned made 190 hp. The 4.0 litre 32V DOHC V8 in a 1993 Lexus LS400 made 250 hp. [And I could go on and on] And all of these new engines are also FAR more environmentally friendly. That said… what 2.0 liter car do you own?

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          A very anonymous-looking Skoda Superb 2.0 TSI with four wheel drive.

          • Craig

            A ‘sleeper’. Sound great. I love it.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            It would be quite remiss of me to fail to ask your current driver.

          • Craig

            My current driver is a 2006 Chrysler 300C SRT8. I bought it new. I love it. VERY quick. Great brakes. Wonderful seats. And incredibly reliable. And almost no one knows what it is. [or more to the point… what it’s capable of] My kind of car!

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Ah, nice and ignorable.
            The first owner of mine even fitted mudflaps all round.
            I’m thinking of putting a travel rug on the back shelf and a ichthys sticker on the window to round things off nicely.

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  • Ten Count Toronto

    Must have been awesome to drive, but a design-wise a brutally basic and undistinguished exterior and a dashboard that recalls 80’s Jetta’s and wouldn’t be out of place on a 1st gen Stanza. The fit & finish of the plastic elements is nowhere near premium looking. Lexus did a similar car better – the original LS400, equally unisnspired but much better groomed.

    • alexxx

      How old are you?
      Maybe you should not comment things that you don’t understand.

      • Ten Count Toronto

        Styling is entirely subjective. I though the 350 & 450 SEL of the 70’s were cleaner, more premium looking and slightly ahead of their day in exterior appearance. This one was a step in the wrong direction IMO.

    • atomicbri

      BAHAHAHA! I am sorry, I can’t take one word of your post seriously. I have owned MB’s W124 series and let me tell you, it’s quality was more solid and tank-like then than it is now on current Mercedes. That dash design was classic Mercedes by this era. Simplicity was their forte at the time as well as over engineering. I take it you’ve never been in one….

      • Ten Count Toronto

        No, I’ve only been a passenger in the mid 70’s flagships. I never commented on the feel and the ride, I presume those were those were typically Mercedes as with the previous generation.

        However style is subjective and I don’t think this one quite delivered beyond the recognizable corporate grill.

        The gaps between panels on the side and the scack between the bumper to front chin transition would have been hammered had it been a North American or Korean brand, and the tiny rear lights against all that flat metal is just poor proportioning (compared to something like a the same era’s Renault Medallion, Volvo 760 or even a Maxima).

        But I accept there are other aspects of the driving and ownership experience that might win somebody over.

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  • atomicbri

    Why can’t luxury automakers do more cloth interiors like this?? I am really loving the cloth on this one pictured. I live in a hot climate and detest leather seats. Way too hot, so I like a mix and this looks great. Oh I wish I could bid on this classic.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    Wasnt bad in it’s day, though too generic for a luxury brand flagship. Seeing it in retrospect it reminds too much of the late 90’s Corolla, but remember the car was designed in 1989.

    There are is a 1994 and a 1996 regularly parked in the lot where I work. Whoever bought those and rustproofed them religiously never really needs to buy a car again.

    These trends tend to go in cycles, but it’s quite possible we will not live long enough to see another relatively accessible, mass produced consumer product made to last like this, maybe Yamaha electronics or Seiko watches, assuming they haven’t sold out for ROI gains yet…

  • Salih Ahzem

    For a car that has almost 200K miles and more than 25 years, it seems to be in excellent shape, really a testimony of over-engineered Benzes’ durability.

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