1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL with 1UZ swap

Nearly six months later, this 190SL with the crazy IUZ-FE swap is still for sale with a new price of $169,000. If you are keeping score at home, that is $10,000 more than what it was previously listed at. Bold strategy.

File this one under the category of something you don’t see every day … or ever. I know you are probably wondering why I am looking at another 190SL when I just recently featured one, but as you can judge by the title, this isn’t your standard 190SL. Somehow, someway, this classic 1962 Mercedes roadster is powered by the 1UZ-FE 4.0-liter Lexus V8. Even more, it is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. All of this work looks factory, as factory as a 1962 car with a Lexus V8 can look, and performs just as well. I’m still trying to wrap my head around this one and I imagine you are too.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL with 1UZ swap on eBay

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1995 Mercedes-Benz ‘E420’ Cabriolet

I’ve been big admirer of the W124 Cabriolet because of the massive design and engineering project it was. Like I mentioned a few months ago, making this car wasn’t just chopping the roof off the coupe, sticking a soft top in the trunk and calling it a day. But sadly despite the huge undertaking and investment, you were only left with one engine choice in the 3.2 liter M104 straight-6. It wasn’t under powered by any means, but it wasn’t exactly a speed demon either. Besides, if you want a fast Mercedes convertible, you ponied up for the SL500 or SL600. I’m going to assume that if they offered the M119 V8 in the W124 Cabriolet,  the price would have been even greater than already high $79,000 (and that’s in 1995 money!). The price point probably would have been right at the edge of the $87,000 SL500 and it probably wouldn’t of sold very well at all. Plus, you are factoring in even more engineering and cost to a project that like mentioned, was very expensive.

So it makes total sense why there was no V8 W124 Cabriolet. But of course it doesn’t stop someone from building one which is exactly what we have here today for sale in New Jersey. What started life as a 1995 E320 Cabriolet has been transformed into a “E420 Cabriolet” and it even has a few other interesting details.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Mercedes-Benz ‘E420’ Cabriolet on Hemmings

Year: 1995
Model: ‘E420’ Cabriolet
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 56,921 miles
Price: $69,999

ORIGINAL PAINT, ONE OF ONE E420 CONVERTIBLE

OVER 160000 DOLLAR INVESTED IN PROFESSIONAL CONSTRUCTION,

$199 Dealer Fee

Price: $69,999

From the looks of it, this swap was done by the people at Wolfgang’s Inc., a Mercedes- Benz specialty facility in Tenafly, New Jersey. They are one of the few places in the country that are absolute experts in pre-2002 G-Wagens as well as any almost every post-war Mercedes you can think of. It doesn’t surprise me one bit that this engine swap looks like it came straight from the factory. On the other hand, what doesn’t look like it came from the factory is the interior. Normally when people build project cars, they upgrade the seats and other surfaces because the stuff that was in there probably wasn’t that great to being with. This is not the case with the leather from the W124. If you take care of it, it’s very high quality material even in 2017. Why they chose to go with white inserts and those giant Mercedes logos, I’m not sure. Don’t get me wrong, it looks very quality, it’s just it surely doesn’t do this car any favors since it was already a perfectly pleasant place to be. One last thing that gets me is that they painted the grille insert white and I’m not sure why.

So all of this work comes with the asking price of $69,999 — don’t forget the $199 dealer fee as well. This easily tops the charts as the most expensive asking price for a W124 Cabriolet I’ve ever seen since they were new. The seller says in the description that this car has over $160,000 invested which is maybe true if he is valuing the time of him and his employees at $500 an hour. Doing a bunch of quick math in my head, I’m just not seeing where $160,000 is at in this car. Yes, this swap is not a plug and play situation since everything needs to be swapped over from the E420 donor car, but that still doesn’t add up for me.

– Andrew

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon with 3.6 AMG swap

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I really enjoy a well done engine swap. Three months ago I featured a W113 Pagoda with a M104 3.2 inline-6 swap. Today’s car is another M104 swap but with a little more displacement and a lot more AMG. What started out as a nice W124 E320 wagon was transformed to a hybrid C36/500E/E320 borrowing various parts from both cars. It’s a unique build that I haven’t seen and sure is an improvement over what Mercedes offered from the factory. So let’s take a closer look at this uber W124 wagon for sale in Connecticut.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon 3.6 AMG on eBay

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#FailFriday: 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL

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Yesterday I was doing my daily rounds searching for interesting cars and scrolled upon a 1965 Pagoda. I looked at the price and saw $19,995 (more on this later) and my eyes got really big. The going rate for a decent Pagoda is about $50,000, so my finger was creeping awfully close to the ”Buy It Now” button. Everything looked good, no major body damage, the interior was nice despite an aftermarket CD and air conditioning system. But that all could be sorted out easy enough. It had a clean title and only a little over 39,000 miles. Maybe I did just stumble across a Pagoda from someone who still prices cars from a book they keep in the top drawer of their desk. Everything looked like I was going to Pagoda owner until I saw what was under the hood.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL on eBay

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1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC 6.9 Engine Swap Down Under

Here is an oddity for your consideration. The mighty Mercedes 450SEL 6.9 remains quite a car today and the 560SEC represents some of the best of an old school Benz, however put them together and perhaps you are taking away from each. This isn’t the first time someone has decided to combine 6.9 parts with a W126 chassis, Google Sbarro Mercedes for instance, as with their creations results are mixed.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC 6.9 on eBay Australia

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3xE30, 2 of 3: Turbocharged 1991 BMW 325is

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I’ve always loved tuner cars but can’t really imagine buying a car someone else has extensively modified. The E30 is a classic platform for great mods though and it’d be nice to think claims of reliability could prove true. Today’s is an interesting creation with a 1991 535i’s block breathed on by a Garret GT35R creating a punishing 409hp monster. Perhaps not the nimblest of E30s, it’s not a track car; the sellers’ multiple commutes to work in it must be a hoot.

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Year: 1991
Model: 325is
Engine: Turbocharged 3.5l inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 111,000
Price: Reserve-on auction

Click for more details: 1991 BMW 325is turbocharged on eBay

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hello i am selling my car because i am looking to buy a house. my family was the secound owner of this car. my dad first owned the car then passed it down to me. This bmw e30 beast can be driven like a stock bmw. with comfort but yet has all the power you would ever want once over 3000 rpm. this car was never tracked. I drive the car to work and back 2 to 3 times a week. 72 mile commute. it is very reliable at the power it is at. It looks like a normal bmw e30 until somebody hears this car. I have always treated the car with respect because i built it. All engine parts have been replaced at 99k miles. 7.9:1 ratio. is just right for this car. The engine in this car is from a 1991 535i with a older 535i block to make it lower compression for a turbo. The turbo is a gt35r all exhaust was done by a certified welder. 3 inch exhaust all the way back to a vibrant muffler. car drives very straight. This car is not like every other track e30 were you cant bear to drive it on the street. i built this car with the intention of only driving it on the street. and enjoying it.

car specs:

bc coilovers

gt35r turbo

30×12 intercooler with pipes and loud megasonic BOV

car is tuned from megasquirt pnp2 900$ ecu.

700$ tune from drift office

409 wheel horsepower 440 torque at 18psi

60lb injectors

miro sp1 16″ wheels 225 on the rear. it will only spin 1 and 2 gear. car has very tall gearing 2.93 gearing. so you can go as fast as you want. 40mph and higher it will not slip unless its raining.

fully redone sport heated interior.

again this car is very realiable at the power it is at. you can always turn the boost down.

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Normally when you see 400+hp E30s you don’t think “daily driver,” but that’s exactly what I like about this one. Professed respect for the car shows through in the interior and engine compartment, but the wheels and E36 sideskirts throw me off. Minor efforts for what could be one of the sleepiest E30s we’ve seen in a while.

-NR

1991 Jetta GLI w/ TT 3.2L swap

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Mk1 and Mk2 Jettas are sharp cars, and the ease of finding and modifying them makes them a great proposition for motivated German enthusiasts. I’ll get it out of the way early that air suspension and a vastly upgraded engine seem like contradictions to me, but today’s GLI has been done well and thoroughly with an eye towards the VeeDub show scene. Highlighting the parts-bin accessibility of VAG, this Jetta has a TT heart, Golf Rallye headlights, G60 flares and Mk3 suspension and brakes. A conventional suspension would raise the desirability factor for me, along with a lower price. The seller has totalled up all of his receipts to price the car, which we know is a common mistake with modifiers.

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Year: 1991
Model: Jetta GLI
Engine: Audi TT 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 59k mi engine, 115k mi body
Price: $22,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Volkswagen Jetta for sale on eBay

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1991 VW Jetta original GLI
Fully customized, VERY good condition
$22,500
[price based on physical items receipt total]
 Body Work:
• shaved banana lights
• shaved rear seams
• shaved turn signals
• shaved exhaust hole
• shaved rear tow hook
• shaved spoiler
• fully ‘shaved’engine bay
• painted engine [black]
 Custom paint — color: Black Cherry
 Flares:
• Front: G60 front flares: Front arches cut;
• Rear: G60 front flares; Rear arches cut and reseamed
 Smoked Hella taillights
 Blackened Golf Rallye headlights
 Audi TT 3.2L engine swap [59K miles on engine]
 Lugtronic stand-alone engine management/full custom wire-tuck
 Techtonics Tuning downpipe
 custom 3″ downpipe back exhaust
 Pusher style Slimline fans
 Black center Schmidt 3-piece modernlines: Front: 16 X 8; Rear: 16 X 9
 Kumho Ecsta 205/40/16 tires
 BagYard Supreme air-ride struts
• Two Vivair 400c compressors
• Eight Asco valves
• AVS 7 switchbox
• 5-gallon air tank airbrushed [riveted metal]
• Mason Tech Sumpsaver Skid Plate
 1998 MK3 5-lug suspension & brakes
 Original GLI Recaro interior
 114,593 miles on car body

Reason for selling: Moving on

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The seller is going to have to be generous with people clicking “Make an Offer” before it actually gets sold, as I see his price as at least 25% too high. I’m sure the TT engine, suspension, work, etc. all cost a pretty penny, and the car appears to be very nice, but no one is going to buy a Mk2 VW Jetta for $22.5k. If he adds up the parts and they really are worth that much, then maybe he should consider disassembly. In reality, he should accept a lower price and pass this nice VW project on to the next enthusiast.

-NR

Insane $70,000 Volkswagen Syncro Westfalia

My last extreme Syncro Westfalia garnered many chortles as the $40k asking price overshadowed the thorough restoration. What’s the best way to convert the naysayers? Find an even more insanely priced Volkswagen van.

Today’s Vanagon is definitely more decked out, with solar panels, ladders, racks, rims, and the heart of a Subaru SVX. This interesting engine swap certainly accounts for a large portion of the seller’s expectations. While Subaru transplants are increasingly common in Vanagons for their power and reliability, people usually stick with the 4-cylinders. Clearly this Syncro is about going 5 blades, so he opted for one of the biggest engines Subaru ever produced, the SVX’s 3.3L flat six. 231hp should do just fine in place of the original 2.1L wasserboxer’s 95hp. Actually, it must make this thing downright beastly. With everything working (the previously-listed Syncro got nicked for no a/c) and 1600 shakedown miles on the engine conversion, this seems to be the real Vanagon for the megolomaniac.

1991 Volkswagen Syncro Westfalia w/ Subaru conversion for sale on eBay


From the clearly (and awesomely) demented seller:

Behold the Holy Grail of Syncro Westfalia vans made, the 1991…This van is a great example of a clean syncro westfalia with all the amenities. The van has been road tested for about 1600 miles from conversion completion, enough to work out all the kinks. Everything works on the van, power windows, locks, front and rear window washers, diff lock, decoupler, stove, sink, propane heat…Everything!
Below is a breakdown of all the items included in this build.

Many more photos at subagon.com

(5) 215 70 16 A/T BF Goodrich tires and wheels (powder coated black)
120 watt solar panel
2 stage custom paint (orley blue)
8′ Fiamma Awning
Propex Gas
Subagon Big Brake kit front
Subagon rear Disc Brake addition
built in inverter 1500 watt
cruise control
door alarm
drive shaft decoupler kit
rear differential lock
dual isolated battery
dynamat sound deadening material
rear bumper w/ hitch receiver, swing away tire carrier, fuel can carrier
fridge delete kit
front AC – rear AC
front bumper with bull bar
large 12v fridge
new interior
rock chip guard
svx motor install – 1996 with 50k miles
rebuilt transmission with taller 4th gear
old man emu suspension
2″ lift springs
tinted windows
truck mirrors
New rear cv joints – inner and outer
New 3 window pop top canvas
New Rear Flat sub woofer
Pop top Struts- (strongest)
Hijack lift mounted on front tube bumper
PIIA fog lights
Hot water heater and shower
Permanent Ladder
TDI Starter
Custom front skid plate / water proof lock box

Plus a bonus fun note from Subagon.com:

We built this van for a customer that spared no expense. He took the van on a few road trips and now wants us to build another one, the twin to this van but with a Subaru Diesel, a build that will land in a price range north of six figures.

Yes, that’s bonkers money for sure, but at least some rich dudes are spending their money in awesome and unique ways.

I know people will again question why anyone would spend this kind of money on a Vanagon. But honestly, I would much rather have this than a new Range Rover or X5 or Sprinter camper. Bespoke and thoroughly badass, the price is jaw-dropping, but so are the choices and execution. Next time you see any car on the road that costs $70k (and where I live, that’s >50% of the cars on the road), ask yourself if it’s cooler than this. Regardless of the car, I already know my answer.

-NR

1990 VW Corrado for sale

The Corrado is like an ex-girlfriend, the one where you romanticize the relationship and remember the great aspects, but if you try to rekindle that fire it always ends up more complicated and frustrating than seems worth it. The Corrado got amazing reviews when it came out, and is still a looker with plenty of fun factor, but it’s nearly impossible to find one that is even close to how it came off the showroom floor. They’re all either modified to the extreme or beat to hell. Perhaps, like the best ex-girlfriends, the really quality examples are tucked away and held onto with great vigor by their current boyfriends.

Today’s Corrado definitely leans towards the mod-racer end of the spectrum, but is actually looking pretty nice in the great Audi TT Aviator gray with a matching Audi 225hp 1.8T. The mod list grows and grows along the standard VW Group and aftermarket paths, but unfortunately this seller falls into the trap of keeping a little too close of tabs on his receipts. A claimed $45k invested and an $18k asking price make this ex-girlfriend, regardless of how many surgeries she’s undergone, too expensive for me.

1990 VW Corrado for sale on eBay


A litany of modifications demonstrating “the cost of build is endless”:

Don’t miss out on this one of a kind custom V Dub!!! Up for sale is a full custom Corrado from years in the making finally finished!! So where to start… Well almost 100% of the car has been replaced, restored, re finished, or just plain upgraded!! Paint job All custom done by Joe’s Collision Repair Center in Morrisville VT with Aviator special edition Audi paint TT and all paint receipts total up to more then $9800 which may not be all of them… Engine bay all filled and smoothed and customized… Show ready!. Engine wiring harness is hidden/tucked, Audi TT 225 HP AMU engine with around 34xxx miles $3700 used.

Here are some prices of some of what has been installed on the vehicle Kinetic Motorsport front mount inter cooler $240, Autotech front and rear cross drilled rotors and PBR ceramic pads and steel braided brake lines and upgraded front Girling 60 twin piston calipers and all calipers rebuilt and powder coated total brake set up $1250, BBM solid front motor mount, $50, Eurospec G60 flywheel and Sachs VR6 clutch kit $600, Autotech front sway bar $225, Urethane sway bar and control arm bushing kit $160, Remote reservoir coolant tank $120, Electric fans $150, Canadian Recaro power seats and interior $1000, Polished aluminum door sills $105, Carpet $150, Patec Holeshot Coilover suspension kit $850, MK2 gauge panel with boost and oil gauges $200, AWE bailey motorsports DV30 diverter valve $170, Techtonics cat back exhaust $774, Clear lenses $235, front lower lip spoiler $200, roto sub zero 16″ alloy wheels painted black used $400, 205-45-16 Bridgetone Potenza RE-11 tires $800, EMPI axles $600 and more.

Also installed on vehicle New Hela Eurospec headlights,Vehicle has new brake master cylinder, Hela Eurospec headlights, door handles, ball joints, strut top mounts, antenna base, wheel bearings, brake lines, blower resister, timing belt set up, oil catch can, hoses, headlights, new motor and transmission mounts, 034 efi stand alone fuel management, bushings, hood, bumpers, Canadian spec dash with lower panel, windshield, window control modules, close ratio power steering rack, brake booster, converter to non abs brakes, e-brake cables, tie rod ends, rack boots, nuts, bolts, clips, bushings, pulleys, GLX rear sub frame, washers, brackets, ECT…. have receipts from dealership for all new hardware ” pretty much ” , custom inter cooler piping, and down pipe, synthetic oil change, Vermont state inspection, aftermarket grill and Kamei eye brow, momo Italy competition steering wheel. Has glass sunroof installed in car, and also comes with custom painted to match vehicle sunroof panel that can be installed. Comes with JVC KD-HDR60 cd player head unit with USB port and satellite ready, infinity component speakers, kenwood powered sub and amp. Prices I listed are some of the higher priced receipts I have, but the receipts I have total up to over $22,000.00 and do not include any labor, momo wheel, stereo, grill, eye brow, headlights, 034 efi stand alone, custom tuning, and many many other parts and costs… So we are thinking around $45,000 invested and countless hours. As you can see the cost of build is endless…

I dig this Corraudi. I’ve always loved that TT gray, and the modifications are thorough. Unfortunately, it’s a great demonstration that tuner cars are no investment. Even if it’s taken $45k to get here (including labor), it’s hard to imagine any Corrado going for more than $15k. The bids appear to reflect this, as just 3 people have bid it up to $5,000 at time of writing. It’s fast, it’s nice, but don’t drop $45k into an old VW unless you plan on counting at least $30k of that as paid for by personal enjoyment.

-NR

1995 Mercedes E320 with C36 Swap

I can’t claim to be the most well-versed writer on GCFSB when it comes to Mercedes, but I do fancy myself an inquisitive life-long learner. Along those lines, whether it’s a W210 E55 or a W202 C36, the lethal bloodlines of AMG continue to blow my mind. The latter is the centerpiece of this wagon heart transplant, holy grail to all who believe in sleepers just beyond stock. Badass wagons are an instant +1 in gearhead culture. So what better than to throw a 276hp, 3.6L straight-6 (originally designed to contest the E36 M3’s smaller and less powerful 3.0L I6) into an innocuous grocery-getter. Sounds like the basic ingredients for a heavy dose of KICKASS.

1995 Mercedes E320 w/ C36 swap for sale on Denver Craiglist


From the mechanic seller:

Rare 124 chassis wagon powered by a really rare low mileage (115 k) AMG engine & transmission transplanted from a C36 AMG. Not a soccer mom’s wagon any more, unless she’s Danica Patrick. 3rd row seating folds down as will the middle row seats to make an expansive cargo area. You can camp in this car. Factory roof rack with an included ski/bikeand a receiver hitch to take an included 4 bike carrier make this an impressive weekend warrior machine. Equipment includes tinted windows, MP3 compatible 8 speaker stereo, prewired for an included XM receiver, retractable / removable factory cargo cover/dog net, electric seats & windows, cold A/C, 16″ Mercedes factory wheels with great tires. Any new parts needed when swapping the engine were replaced. Mechanic owned, it’s in better shape than any other one you could find. New ceramic brake pads for no nasty black dust & squeal typical on most Mercedes. The engine & trans were resealed in the swapping phase, there’s not a drip of anything under this car. All new service items were included too, of course. Mobil 1 oil & filter, transmission filter & synthetic fluid, spark plugs. Two front airbags & SRS seatbelts along with ABS brakes & legendary Mercedes body safety designs make this a very safe car for you, friends & family. Full disclosures: the car has 200,000 mile on it. I swear you can’t tell by looking. It’s a beautiful head turner, inside & out. There’s not a single crack in the dashboard. There is some cosmetic cracking in the (real) wood trim piece at the shifter. The window tinting has scratches in a couple of spots, not that you’ll really notice, especially while driving. There is a wear spot on the driver’s seat where it’s practically invisible except when cleaning the car. The body is pretty darned good but you’ll see a couple of dings. It’s used & meant to be used. The glass is very good, even the Genuine Mercedes factory windshield is only a few months old. Will consider Mercedes trade.

Despite the inherent caution required with engine transplants, stuffing an AMG engine in the most mundane of MB 124 wagons is the stuff that all true car enthusiasts should respect. The only thing this car is missing is some AMG Monoblock wheels, which would hint at the potent AMG engine but keep the clean Mercedes look. All in all, if the car is truly drip-free and well done, $8k sounds like a good deal for a kickass wagon. AMG offerings like the E63 wagon are increasingly hard to come by with each passing generation, so why not go even more lowkey with a wagon that has the chance to waste the contemporary and humorously-similarly-named E36 M3? No shill of Nike, but just do it.

-NR