The Mercedes-Benz 500 E turns 30: Respect your elders

Virtually every Mercedes-Benz model gets a performance variant these days, but that never would have happened without the Mercedes-Benz 500 E, which turns 30 this year. To commemorate the sport sedan’s birthday, Mercedes released a retrospective on its development.

Unveiled at the 1990 Paris International Motor Show, the 500 E was a W124-body mid-size sedan (which would get the E-Class designation for the United States in 1995) with the M119 5.0-liter V-8 from the R129-generation 500 SL. A twin-turbocharged racing version of this engine won the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Sauber-Mercedes C9 prototype. 

The initial 500 E made 326 horsepower and could do 0-62 mph in 5.9 seconds, according to Mercedes. Top speed was electronically limited to 155 mph.

The 500 E wasn’t the first Mercedes to follow this muscle-car template. In the 1960s, test engineer Erich Waxenberger shoehorned the 6.3-liter V-8 from a 600 limousine

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Did You Even Know Canadian Cars Are a Thing?

Canada builds a lot of cars, primarily for American and Japanese manufacturers. But what about true Canadian cars—vehicles designed, engineered, and built north of the border? There aren’t many Canadian car brands, but they do exist. Let’s take a look at some home-grown Canadian automakers, past and present.

Bricklin Motorcars Ltd.

Malcolm Bricklin is the man who brought us the Subaru 360 and the Yugo GL, and he also took a crack at designing his own car, the 1974 Bricklin Safety Vehicle 1, built by a new company he established in the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

Powered by either an AMC or Ford V-8, the Bricklin SV-1 had a nifty (if odd-looking) gullwing design. Quality was pretty terrible: The plastic-and-fiberglass body panels would crack, warp, and delaminate, sometimes before the cars were even finished, and the gullwing doors would often crack under their

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