Text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf
Normally, I’m not much of a follower of German sedans, but I know well enough to think that flared fenders on a factory body might mean something special. Exactly what, I wasn’t sure, but the flares and “E500” badge, which sounded familiar from what some friends may have mentioned before, caught my interest enough to grab a quick photo of it before the light turned green and the Smoke Silver sedan disappeared into the city.
What I didn’t know at the time was that this E500 was a rather rare bird, only made for a few years and hand-built by Porsche of all things, taking (according to this old SuperStreet article I found) 18 days to build.
The E500 and slightly more powerful but less-brake equipped 500E were not just built by Porsche but apparently had Porsche-specific suspension tuning as well. In a way this is like an odd cousin of the Porsche Panamera.
And to think, without those slight flares to the fenders, I’d never have noticed it…