It’s lengthy been mentioned that there’s no substitute for cubic inches and at the moment’s Good Value or No Cube 450 SLC has upped the ante on these. Let’s see if its value additionally makes this a automotive with no substitute.
Hollywood’s Indiana Jones made his title by appropriating antiquities beneath the justification that they “belong in a museum.” Yeah, proper.
Yesterday’s 1974 Mercury Comet was in good sufficient form to be moderately thought of museum-quality, nevertheless, with a three-on-the-tree transmission, it’d be a disgrace to not maintain it on the street and simply get pleasure from it. The one actual stumbling block to that was the $10,500 asking value, which 60 p.c of you discovered too wealthy to your tastes, dunning it with a No Cube loss.
Hey, what’s the craziest factor you’ve ever completed? Bare skydive? Sketchy third-world gorge bungee bounce? Day previous avenue sushi? Name me loopy, however I don’t assume any of these can maintain a candle to driving round in a 1973 Mercedes Benz 450 SLC with a dual-quad consumption and angry-eye scoop coming out of its hood. I imply, it is perhaps much less harmful, but it surely’s nonetheless fairly nuts.
This in any other case stock-appearing C107 has misplaced its raison du nom 4.5-liter SOHC fuel-injected V8 in desire of a 350 cubic inch small block Chevy. Based on the advert, that has not too long ago been imbued with a brand new 280 Comp cam and lifters in addition to a double-row curler chain to drive all that.
That’s just about all of the advert tells us in regards to the automotive. There’s no clarification as to when or why it was Chevy-ized, nor any information on why the builder went to extremes when it got here to carbs and a tall boy consumption. It does be aware that the transmission is an automated however leaves it at that.
The images present a reasonably clear set up, and the eyes on the air scoop butterflies are a pleasant contact. One of many points with the automotive’s authentic engine is its Bosch D Jetronic gasoline injection which may be fiddly and exhausting to take care of for the uninitiated. Perhaps that was the motive?
The remainder of the automotive appears completely serviceable. The burgundy paint is perhaps a respray as there does appear to be some primer over-shoot on the sprint behind the door. That might simply be some bizarre fading although. Clearly, the hood has been cobbled collectively or is a few aftermarket unit. If the latter, I’m wondering the place one finds one thing like that?
All of the trim is unbroken and this being a pre-1974 automotive, it wears pretty skinny bumpers. There don’t seem like any rust points—at the very least not wherever noticeable—nor issues with the glass or brightwork. Chrome-plated deep-dish alloys wrapped in fats tires do a reasonably good job of filling out the wheel wells under all that.
The inside is full save for the solar visors and does characteristic a big sunroof above the entrance bucket seats. The upholstery seems to be the tenacious MBTex and that has held up in addition to we may anticipate. The identical can’t be mentioned for the carpet and ground mats which look to have light right into a jumble of off-beige hues all through the automotive.
Per the advert, the odometer broke at 75,000 miles however in a automotive as loopy as this, does that even matter? Nobody goes to purchase this to be a dependable commuter automotive—it’s for getting stares at automotive meet-ups and pissing off each Chevy and Mercedes purists. It ought to do an glorious job at each these duties.
Earlier than we are able to take a look at these abilities, we’ll need to take care of the small matter of the automotive’s value. The vendor is asking $5,500 for the Benz, bringing each the automotive and a clear title. What do you assume, may it moderately declare that a lot? Or, is that price ticket simply as nuts because the automotive?
Present Low, Oregon, Craigslist, or go right here if the advert disappears.
H/T to RevUnlimiter for the hookup!
Assist me out with NPOND. Hit me up at [email protected] and ship me a fixed-price tip. Bear in mind to incorporate your Kinja deal with.