I’ve said before that the W116 is a love/hate car for me; most times, I see them and they just look like any tired old Benz; a bit out of proportion and over-bumpered. But then I see a great example, like some of the Euro-spec 6.9 models I’ve written up in the last few weeks, and I get a bit giddy. Though not really my dream car by any means, I can imagine cruising up to a Cars and Coffee event, or a German Car Day somewhere in my massive Benz. That vision is helped when I see one in full European trim; the slim bumper lines and cleaned up light clusters make it so much better. But while most of my adoration is levied upon those 6.9 models, this car might just change that. Compared the largest engine fitted in the W116 6.9, this car seems downright puny with only a 2.8 liter inline-6. What helps that, though, is the manual transmission and some of the missing luxuries that help lighten the load. Top it off with some AMG bits, and my does this car look tasty!
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Another week of wheels, this time some more rarities. I love the polished look of narrow Fuchs wheels on early 911s. MOMO 5-spoke wheels were some of the best in the early 1980s, and these would be a nice alternative to the normal ATS/Ronal “Penta” wheels that often adorn early 80s Benz models. How about those great Hartge wheels, seeing that we’ve had two Hartge cars this week? Rather have something a bit more stock? How about the Audi Coupe-spec 15″ Speedline wheels complete with track rubber? Or if you’re into Volkswagens, we have a nice set of the early Corrado “Sebring” wheels too – what’s your favorite?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche Fuchs 15×5.5 5×130 Wheels on eBay
There was a brief period where I found AMG cars pretty disappointing. Obviously, the pre-merger cars are classic and awesome, with style and presence befitting their big power gains. In a period where modifications could be somewhat tacky, AMG showed how to do it right. More recently, AMG has produced some equally impressive cars, starting really with the “55″ models and some crazy V8 engines. But right after the merger it really seemed that AMG had been neutered by the corporate giant that was Diamler-Benz. Sure, as a consumer, it was pretty cool to have AMG wheels and body kits on every Mercedes in the lineup, and in general they looked pretty good. But there was no real performance gain. Indeed, when Mercedes-Benz went to create their own “Hammer”, they turned to Porsche rather than their in-house AMG division. For a time, AMG looked to be dead; but then in 1995 it came roaring back with the 7.3 liter SL73 AMG and the superb C36 AMG:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Mercedes-Benz C36 on eBay
Time for another parts roundup, and today I’m focusing on some aftermarket and rare parts. There are some really desirable pieces here, and some pretty horrible looks (I’m looking at you, Kamei). What’s your favorite, what would you like on your ride or what would you like to see?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Momo Porsche steering wheel on eBay
Welcome back to Week in Review. We apologize for not getting this out sooner, but with GCFSB staff on the move with summer travels and your managing editor dealing with a move, we were a bit tied up. But let’s take this chance to recap the last month of vehicles we have featured: