Jay, I remember when I bought my 400E, my sales friend Frank asked me to drive this other old Mercedes, I still haven't forgiven him, it was a 500E. Children in college etc. and my wife giving me that certain look, so we drove home in the 400E. With in a few months I added the 500E bars, Euro lights, super chip, and yes I love my 400E. You know the Mercedes quality on the 124 bodies, to me it's a very good car, would I buy a good used one yes, a good used 500E, YES.
I'm not positive, but I believe the shade was not an option for this car.
Enjoy the drive, timreid
500E sway bars
210 16in wheels