Keeping with the flavor of my last post on the Gullwing Sbarro I thought this similar aged take on the classic Benz Gullwing take was nice.
Nowadays you see everything from Dodge Neons to Honda Civics running around with cheap poor quality Lambo style door kits.
The gullwing setup on this Merc is a much more involved project since it involves cutting the roof. When you cut this much metal out of the car you have to add significant reinforcement to maintain a safe body.
Styling Garage, SGS, the company that made the modifications, was well known in the 80s for making dramatic visual upgrades to Mercedes cars.
Many SGS tuned cars were given SGS badges out front and custom body work instead of the three pointed star. This one has some AMG body parts, but looks mostly stock. Inside there is some custom guages and nice wood steering wheel.
Original price on the conversion was the same as the price of the car itself.
This specimen has 40,000 miles, and a seller looking for $15,000. It has new paint, but as you can tell from the wood planks holding the doors up there is some work to be done. Lots of depreciation here for a really unique car.
You can read more about the SEC gullwings over at 1000SEL.com
The original hot hatch is still one of the cleanest and most fun, routinely ranking well on “Best Drivers’ Cars” lists. Ever since my hand-me-down 1981 VW Caddy I’ve wanted a GTI. With lines as tight as its handling, A1 GTIs turn my head more than most modern sports cars. Simple, useful, and fun, it just doesn’t get much better. This example has a mere 95k miles on it with a freshly rebuilt gearbox.
1983 VW GTI for sale on Craiglist SF
It shows it’s age in some spots, but the interior looks very clean (great Recaros!), as does the engine. Though less-than-safe, GTIs look awesome without the bumpers. 95k well-documented miles means there’s plenty of fun left, and $3200 is a fine price for this condition. It’d be mine if I had the means/space.
Oh, how I love me some box fenders. They are so quintessentially 80s and badass. All the best cars have them… E30 M3s, Golf Rallyes, HF Delta Integrales, and the indomitable Audi Ur-Quattro. The game-changer. As the name suggests (“Ur” means original in German), it was the first application of Audi’s now-famous Quattro system, and what a way to start. Only 664 came to the US, so buying one would put you in rare company. This beautiful red example looks immaculate and is probably one of the finer survivors out there.
1983 Audi Ur-Quattro for sale on Audifans
The condition of this thing is amazing. Exterior, interior, and engine all look really clean, and it’s got less than 60k miles on the clock. The Euro bumpers and lights are nice additions, as the US bumpers are oversized and throw off the lines. The price is high at $20k, but the car is exceptional and rare, so who knows. A die-hard Quattro fan who wants a near-perfect example may see this as a great opportunity.