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    Thread: I think I'm in love. 450SL content.

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      11-20-2010 03:12 PM #1
      Found this over on fatlace. A 450SL powered by a Nissan L20 <3







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      11-20-2010 03:40 PM #2
      gtfo.

      that. thing. is. awesome.
      shut your mouth. sh sh shut your mouth.

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      11-20-2010 03:45 PM #3
      DAMNIT. I HAVE to say something about that DAMN TOP. THAT DAMN, DAMN, DAMNDAMN SOFTTOP.

      Otherwise, everything went better than expected

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      11-20-2010 03:55 PM #5
      Maybe it's just me, but I don't like the look of those wheels on that car.
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    6. 11-20-2010 05:39 PM #6
      Nice looking, and by all appearances a well engineered swap, but I would rather have it with a Benz V8.

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      11-20-2010 05:42 PM #7
      The way I look at it, as long as it's fast who cares that it's ugly...

    8. 11-20-2010 06:29 PM #8
      This thread is useless without video of that thing going full bore sliding sideways up a swervy mountain road with the driver wearing a plaid scarf, houndstooth fedora, pipe in mouth, Manhattan* in hand, and a big grin on face.

      The wheels look so out of place but I like them anyway, i spy a colormatched Monoblock in the background, maybe these are just for photos or "track" use?



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    9. 11-20-2010 06:32 PM #9
      Cross post from gaycarfans?

    10. 11-20-2010 06:54 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Ernie McCracken View Post
      Cross post from gaycarfans?
      Project much?
      Exactly what about that car says "gay"?

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      11-20-2010 06:59 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by The Kilted Yaksman View Post
      Project much?
      Exactly what about that car says "gay"?
      I guess because he saw OP found it on fatlace, which is associated with hellaflush, so he has to hate it.
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      11-20-2010 07:19 PM #12
      JIMP.

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      11-20-2010 09:02 PM #13
      The WIN is epic with this one!

    14. 11-20-2010 09:03 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by The Kilted Yaksman View Post
      Project much?
      Exactly what about that car says "gay"?

      The fact that you like it so much certainly says something

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      11-20-2010 09:13 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by The Kilted Yaksman View Post
      Nice looking, and by all appearances a well engineered swap, but I would rather have it with a Benz V8.
      I'm going to have to agree with this. It looks surpisingly good on the Watanabe's but think I'd rather have it like this.



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      11-20-2010 09:33 PM #17
      ^ Oooo, that's tasty!

      I'd much rather have the hard top / some random AMG motor stuffed in there, but that meaty stance just does it for me.
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      11-20-2010 09:47 PM #18
      if you dont see the awesomeness in that you just plain dont like cars

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      11-20-2010 10:45 PM #19
      Was the car originally an 8 cylinder SL, or was it a 6 cylinder 280SL, not available in NA?
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      11-20-2010 11:55 PM #20
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      11-21-2010 01:29 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by rubrduk View Post
      Such an awkward silhouette...

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      11-21-2010 06:13 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by GTurboI View Post
      Such an awkward silhouette...
      In the late seventies/early eighties, when I worked for a Mercedes Benz dealership in Chicago Heights, the rare arrival of a new SLC was an occasion for employees to offer their thoughts on these odd-duckmobiles. I felt that they were nothing but the indulgence of an arrogant German carmaker even back then, with few redeeming qualities other than the superlative build-quality, which was perhaps the highest of any cars in the already stunningly high-quality Mercedes Benz lineup of that time. It seemed like the SLCs got a little bit more attention, a little bit more craftsmanship and finesse than even their SL sisters. It always seemed such a shame that almost every new SLC seemed to be purchased by "Driving Miss Daisy" types who only drove them to their canasta games and bingo nights out.
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      11-21-2010 06:33 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by GTurboI View Post
      Such an awkward silhouette...

      I like it more than the too short looking SL.
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      11-21-2010 08:32 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Son View Post

      I like it more than the too short looking SL.
      Certain elements of the SLC's design are v. nice. The wrapped and shapely rear window is beautiful, IMO, and the unique trunklid/rear deck of these cars is attractive. The "glass block" quarter-window insert, though, with its "venetian blinds" embedded inside just never looked integrated, and more of an afterthought, which spoiled the overall effect of the stretched roofline. Did you know that that little glass insert was priced by MBNA, in the late seventies, at a warranty cost of $800 each?? Our shop replaced a couple that had breached seals, which allowed them to fog-up inside. $800 was a LOT of money in 1979.
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      11-21-2010 08:33 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by JettaGT8V80 View Post
      if you dont see the awesomeness in that you just plain dont like cars
      I do like cars, but for different reasons than tire burning HP and looks. I've always been impressed with this car's bank vault feel and refinement though. It's a looker too, especially with the European bumpers on it. Otherwise, it's not for me.

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      11-21-2010 09:50 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by JMTombstone View Post
      Maybe it's just me, but I don't like the look of those wheels on that car.
      Weird. For me, those Panasports are the only wheels I've seen that make that style Benz (one of the ugliest ever) look good. Sporting even.

      Also, wouldn't a Datsun L series be worse that the V8 already offered in these? Last time I checked those Ls weren't exactly the first candidate for power.
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      11-21-2010 10:08 AM #27
      I'll ask again; is the SL in the OP one that was originally a 107 chassis with the twin-cam six, ala 280SL? That way, the front-end would have been more suited to the Nissan engine, with spring rates, etc that would be appropriate for the smaller, lighter powerplant.
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    28. 11-21-2010 11:30 AM #28
      i wouldnt be surprised if it was an original 6 cylinder euro car. it was the only one you could purchase with a manual trans.

      I was a baby when the SLC came out, i found their looks to be rather interesting, but their star dimmed considerably when mercedes came out with the S class derived coupe. Just a far better integrated design.

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      11-21-2010 03:59 PM #29
      Love it. So much win. BTW, they used the Datsun steering wheel too.

      Now the L20 is probably a little short on torque for that monster R107 tank... but the sound! And the underhood accessibility! (I'm completing an engine replacement on a 380SL right now, I know what I'm talking about!

      Heck, if our 380SL has a similar need for an engine, I may look further at this. It's said that a serious machinist/fabricator can make the DOHC head from a Benz M110 fit an L-series. If that's so... the spacing of parts between the 280SL and 280Z motors might make it almost a bolt in. Then again, maybe not, but it's an interesting idea!

    30. 11-21-2010 04:25 PM #30
      There is an alternative: W123 280CE! The profile looks amazing in real life. Sure, no V8 here (most you could get for a gas engine was a 2.8L I-6, but boy was it smooth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SiknqxUWjU )

      Besides, none of these V8 Mercs would be fast by today's standards, but they make great cruisers.





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      11-21-2010 05:26 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by GTurboI View Post
      Such an awkward silhouette...
      Yeah, which makes it a lot more affordable than an SL.

      Still like SLC quite a lot
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    32. 11-21-2010 05:34 PM #32
      Are those Konigs?

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      11-21-2010 05:36 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by vwlarry View Post
      It always seemed such a shame that almost every new SLC seemed to be purchased by "Driving Miss Daisy" types who only drove them to their canasta games and bingo nights out.
      I actually saw an SLC in my neighborhood the other day being driven by a 70-something woman with Florida plates.
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      11-21-2010 06:01 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by vwlarry View Post
      In the late seventies/early eighties, when I worked for a Mercedes Benz dealership in Chicago Heights, the rare arrival of a new SLC was an occasion for employees to offer their thoughts on these odd-duckmobiles. I felt that they were nothing but the indulgence of an arrogant German carmaker even back then, with few redeeming qualities other than the superlative build-quality, which was perhaps the highest of any cars in the already stunningly high-quality Mercedes Benz lineup of that time. It seemed like the SLCs got a little bit more attention, a little bit more craftsmanship and finesse than even their SL sisters. It always seemed such a shame that almost every new SLC seemed to be purchased by "Driving Miss Daisy" types who only drove them to their canasta games and bingo nights out.


      Too bad that my mind is still stuck on "Dallas" every time I see a W116 or W107.
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