For far better or worse, you may be able to bid on this point come Might 10
A few many years in the past Chip Foose “enhanced” a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing for the apparent advantage of SEMA present-goers. It was, all things regarded, a reasonably subtle therapy of a fine set of lines (except — sorry Chip — for people Foose wheels). Yet the mildly customized traditional nonetheless induced some volume of controversy in the collector auto world. They only constructed 1,400 coupes, soon after all.
This wasn’;t the first time an individual played with fire by modifying Benz’;s universally lauded bit of automotive design perform. Von Dutch ticked off a bunch of stuffed shirts when he flamed one for a pal back in the day.
But the example observed here — slated to cross the block at RM Auctions’; Monaco sale Might 10 — is a distinct matter entirely: AMG — Mercedes-Benz’;s in-residence tuning factory — was accountable for the modifications. Or desecrations, if you want to be a stuffed shirt about it. And we’;re feeling a bit stuffy searching at this issue.
Like the Toyota FJ40s painstakingly re-imagined by California’;s Icon, this Gullwing did not just get an overhaul, paintjob and a new set of wheels — it is a total reworking of every mechanical system on the vehicle. Quirky rear swing-arms are gone, replaced by a new 5-link suspension technique pulled, supposedly, from a contemporary SL. Brakes are, naturally, discs all around you may need to have ’;em to hold the 380 hp, 428 lb-ft 6.-liter V8’;s electrical power in verify. That 6.-liter possibly came from a SL60 AMG those brakes, along with the Bilstein shocks, were snagged from a C63 AMG.
And yes, there are individuals jarring AMG 5-spokes at each corner, shod in lower-profile tires. (This is probably the most unsettling facet of the vehicle.)
Search, no automobile is sacred we would argue that something that can be messed with need to be messed with, at least after, if only to rub the proper individuals the incorrect way. But there is a proper way and a wrong way to do a restomod, and this is leagues away from Icon’;s re-imagined Ford Bronco — it truly is entirely obliterated the mechanical character of the car.
We’;re the initial to sing the praises of AMG’;s V8s — when they do not come at the value of the pretty wail of the 300 SL’;s inline-6. The interior’;s vintage leatherwork (or tartan fabric, based) has been sacrificed to make way for a set of Recaro seats.
AMG did this to eleven 300 SLs — roadsters and gullwings — at the behest of that notorious kleptocratic vehicle-hoarder, the Sultan of Brunei. To be fair, he only ordered the 1st half-dozen AMG made a decision to sell one more 5 to other clients, and this complicity somehow helps make it all so considerably worse.
For a lot more of RM’;s Monaco offerings, head to the auction company’;s internet site. We’;re going to be watching this 300 SL with morbid curiosity, and we’;ll have more on the auction house’;s catalog — guaranteed to be packed with notable cars — as May possibly 10 approaches.
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