With its probably extra fashionable drivetrain, alloy wheels, and roof rack, as we speak’s Good Value or No Cube Benz is a resto-mod of the traditional Ponton model. Let’s resolve if its value is a throwback as nicely.
In The Odyssey, Homer tells us of the Sirens, a gaggle of Sea Nymphs who, with their clear-toned music, “beguile all males whosoever involves them.” Those that have heard the expressive exhaust notice from any of Audi’s RS choices would possibly discover themselves forged beneath an analogous spell.
Yesterday’s 2018 Audi RS7 Quattro Status added beauty and hatchback practicality to the acoustic acclaim, all at an asking value of $64,000, or about half of what the automotive commanded when new. That wasn’t a adequate discount for almost all of you, lots of whom famous that purchasing an out-of-warranty Audi is simply searching for hassle. In the long run, you sent the RS7 packing with a 60 % No Cube loss.
To say that the advert for as we speak’s 1959 Mercedes-Benz 219 is temporary can be correct. One may additionally say that the automotive’s description in that advert raises extra questions than it solutions. Right here is the gist, in its entirety:
1959 Mercedes Benz 219 Ponton with Chevy conversion. Physique and inside in nice situation. No rust. Bumpers have to be re-finished.
Okay, we get the fundamentals there. And the images just about bear out the bit in regards to the bumpers. However what about this complete Chevy conversion? Transformed to what? A V8? V6? Vega 4? That is still a thriller because the vendor couldn’t be bothered to present a extra thorough description, nor take the minor effort to lift the hood for an engine bay photograph.
Contemplating the lackadaisical advert copy and the automotive’s look with surfboards on the roof and clown’s nostril paint job, I wouldn’t be stunned to seek out the vendor displaying up trying like Jeff Bridges’ Massive Lebowski slacker icon, proper right down to the White Russian in hand.
Whatever the vendor’s embodiment of “Dudeness,” we’re going to should work with what we’ve acquired and provides this Benz a good shake. This can be a Ponton automotive, referred to as so as a result of its pontoon-like mixed fender and hood strains. Internally designated the W105, this mannequin tailored the longer nostril of the W128 mannequin to the shorter-wheelbase shell of the W120. That allowed for a straight six to be fitted, making for what in fashionable parlance can be thought of an E-Class automotive.
Per the advert’s description, the bodywork does certainly look straight. Its brilliant crimson paint, whereas seemingly not according to Mercedes’ usually staid persona, additionally provides a component of cheekiness to the automotive. The extra fashionable alloy wheels aren’t as enticing as can be the unique full covers, however a minimum of they’re within the household.
The cabin is a little more problematic. In there, we discover velour upholstery, some ratty carpeting, and an enormous part of the ground subsequent to the driving force’s seat that the vendor has mysteriously MS Paint-ed over. What’s that every one about? An aftermarket scorching rod shifter sprouts from the middle tunnel, indicating that the “Chevy conversion” got here with an automated. The diminutive brake pedal supposes the automotive was initially a guide. An aftermarket sunroof has been popped by the roof above all that.
Within the automotive’s favor, there’s a clear title and an general enjoyable issue which may make this automotive a superb weekend runabout with an added little bit of panache. May that be price $5,900?
That’s the asking value and I now need all of you to don your considering caps and provides this automotive some consideration. May you say this cheeky traditional Benz is price that $5,900 asking with the restricted info the advert offers? Or, is that an excessive amount of to step into the unknown, even if you happen to doubtlessly get to satisfy his Dudeness in actual life?
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