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Roll the Dice? 1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG 5.5

Put down your pitchforks and extinguish your torches, that’s not needed today for this Frankenstein creation. What is needed is a little bit of perspective and thought beyond what you initially see – a bagged car with a wild color wrap and bolt on fender flairs. Normally these things would be off-putting to most enthusiasts, but are the bones of this build sound? Let’s take a look at this W202 AMG for sale in California.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 5.5 on Benz World

Year: 1999
Model: C43 5.5
Engine: 5.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 235,500 mi
Price: $7,000

Need to sell by the end of the year, bought a new toy and cant keep both, No low ballers and no test drives without cash in hand.

1999 C43 AMG With E55 5.5 engine swap
Car has 235k Miles on the chassis, engine has less than 5k miles on it full rebuilt from the ground up M113 E55 AMG 5.5 liter V8 from a 2001 E55 donor car. This car hauls ass.

Wheels: Brabus IV three piece wheels 18×9,5 18×10.5 freshly built by VR Wheels

good tires all around 225/35/18 255/35/18

E55 engine swap
full rebuilt with new
-Water pump
-Rear main seal
-Rear main seal plate
-New valve cover gaskets
-New breather hose gaskets
-New radiator hoses
-All new fluids, Oil, coolant, trans, etc
Have pictures of entire swap and receipts for all parts used.

Also have documents since cars original Owner Previous two owners were very close friends, car has always been a CA car

-Air ride suspension
-paddle valves, 5 gallon air tank, viair compressor

Complete audio upgrade still under warranty
-Sony DSX-S310BTX Head unit
-Alpine Type R Amp
-Hifonics 1000 Watt amp
-JBL GTO608C Speakers and tweeters
-Pioneer TS-D1002R Rear speakers built in tweeters
-MB quart QA800 Amp

Exterior –
Car has been professionally Vinyl wrapped in Oracal Turqoise Lavender
2.5″ fender flares all around

Extremely rare Black/Blue interior from the factory in great condition.
Diamond stitch / suede headliner
Any other questions feel free to call or text, like I said not in any rush to sell, no low ball offers and no test drives without cash in hand! Thanks

7k As is
5.5K without wheels

619- Five One Eight – 6514

This car started off as a standard silver W202 C43 AMG and was transformed into much more. The mystichrome wrap, bolted on fender flairs, air ride suspension and extremely wide Brabus wheels took this car from subdued sedan to Instagram superstar. But it’s under the hood where the real money is at. The 4.3 liter V8 M113 engine was swapped out for the 5.4 liter M113 from the from the big brother E55. Because both engines are the M113, the swap is straight forward and fairly common within the C43 circles and is an easy way to gain 50 horsepower and nearly 100 ft·lb of torque. In addition to the swap, the seller mentioned he did all the maintenance items while the engine was out to make sure everything was on the up and up.

According to the ad, the asking price for this car is $7,000 with the Brabus wheels and $5,500 without. Doing the quick math in my head here, there is a lot more $7,000 worth of car seeing where prices of C43s typically are plus all the parts. Without the wheels, you have a rocket ship for very little money. I admit, you wouldn’t catch me dead in this car as is – but many of the undesirable modifications are reversible. Unwrap the package and set the suspension so it doesn’t have the bumpers touching the road, and it’s much more appealing to most. It’s a California car that probably isn’t a total bucket of rust yet either. So for very little money, you can have a lot of car and probably revert is back to something a little more subtle with only a little bit of effort.

– Andrew


    MARIO PUENTE December 12, 2016

    How to turn a rare car into a POS in two easy steps: GO!

  2. Mark Kravetz
    Mark Kravetz December 12, 2016

    ^^^ It’s not like the car was a low mileage example. It looks like a lot of work went into the car and we really don’t know what the condition of it was when he started. The 5.5 swap seems like a logical route to take on a high mileage example of a C43.

  3. audifan
    audifan December 13, 2016

    This a prime example of a ghetto style MBZ. Very sad.

  4. audifan
    audifan December 13, 2016

    This a prime example of a ghetto style MBZ. Very sad.
    With the ridiculous stance I would want to hold the steering wheel with both hands on a test drive, even though the seller requires cash in hand. Sorry.

  5. Arun
    Arun December 13, 2016

    I would also get rid of the fender flares in addition to the wrap – although not sure how much damage was done to the body to attach those hideous flares

  6. JC
    JC December 13, 2016

    Many of you assume that the GCFSB audience is the target demographic for this ride. Arguably, it is not. (The assault rifle graphic may be an indicator…)

    While many of us would not be seen dead in this car, there are others who see this as a stylish, fun and somewhat well executed ride in which to ride.

  7. MrMan
    MrMan December 13, 2016

    New idea for a TV show that takes hideously modified cars such as this and puts them in the right direction. Hosts must have German accents and be constantly critical of silly modifications. Call it OEM Plus Zero.

  8. James
    James December 16, 2016

    All of the euphemistic jokes aside, have any of you seen some of the ridiculous ‘gangsterish’ tuner/stanced/camber scene builds that German guys in Germany with German cars who speak German with a German accent are throwing together? Granted, they’re emulating American styles but some of their cars are not too far from this. This or any bagged car isn’t my taste either, but some of this is starting to sound like the online outrage from muscle car guys when they see their precious Cameros and Challengers on rims. The Mercedes tuning scene definitely has a more outlandish aesthetic in Germany, and the gangster vibe is part of that. Same with Audi. But regardless, nothing about this car is as bad as any of the crimes committed by Koenig Specials. I think Willy had a German accent too.

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