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1973 Mercedes-Benz 280SE ‘Red Pig’ Tribute

The 1971 Mercedes–Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG is one of my favorite cars ever. The ‘Red Pig’ entered 1971 24-hour race at Spa as the over-weight underdog. To everyone’s surprise, it finished 1st in it’s class and second overall thanks to the madmen at AMG who took the already impressive M100 engine and pushed it to 428 horsepower and 448 lb-ft. This example for sale in California isn’t the famous Rote Sau, but it is a very nice tribute that will have you yelling ”Sooie!”


Year: 1973
Model: 280SE ‘Red Pig Tribute’
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 123,400 mi
Price: $59,000 Buy It Now

The car being offered started out as a 1973 Mercedes-Benz 280SE and was completely transformed from top to bottom to pay tribute to the AMG 300 SEL 6.8 “Red Pig”. The wide body fenders are all metal with countless hours of fabrication labor. Lots of attention to detail went into building this car to resemble as close as possible to the original. This car has current United States title and has been recently serviced/safety inspected.

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This W108 isn’t the famed 6.3 M100, but it still does sport the 4.5 liter V8 that still can put a smile on your face. The body work and sticker placement look excellent and it’s pretty clear when they did this conversion they tried to nail the original look as much as possible on the exterior. There are some very small differences, but it will take the a serious ‘Red Pig’ aficionado to spot them. The interior does feature a full roll cage and a set of bucket seats with racing harnesses that are different than the original car, but I’ll give the builder the benefit of the doubt as original copies probably aren’t available anymore and even if they were, the price would be eye-watering. Even so, the interior is still very function with an added dash switch pad for the various driving lights.

It’s tough to put a price on something like this. With the amount of custom body work, time put into this car, Penta wheels and other work, $59,000 is a pretty random number to put on it. The fact that this isn’t a 6.3 really makes it at tough buy at that price. The seller states this car is inspected but it doesn’t look registered for street use. I suppose you could register the car and put license plates on it but that will vary state to state. It’s without a doubt a real head-turner  and will gather crowds at your local car show, but I think this one might wait for the perfect buyer who loves the ‘Red Pig’ lore.



  1. David
    David May 20, 2016

    Put a modern 6.3 AMG motor in it and you’d really have something!

    I wouldn’t want to drive that car without a helmet without better roll bar padding.

  2. Bogeyman
    Bogeyman May 20, 2016

    It’s not a W109, it’s a W108. Thank God they didn’t do that to a real W109.

  3. Andrew
    Andrew May 20, 2016

    Fixed. Thanks.

  4. Markiteight
    Markiteight May 20, 2016

    Can someone please explain to me the reasoning behind adding a second air filter that’s located mere inches from the exhaust manifold?

  5. Andrew
    Andrew May 20, 2016

    I don’t know either unless they aren’t actually running a filter inside the original housing. It looks like some sort of sensor is running into the pipe as well. Still a bit odd.

  6. Bogeyman
    Bogeyman May 21, 2016

    They probably eliminated the paper filter in the original housing. Don’t get me started on what a racket K&N Filters are…

  7. Faiz
    Faiz May 21, 2016

    Weistec was building a w108 with a m156. Don’t know what happened to it

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