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Tuner Twofer: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SL Koenig Specials and 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe TechArt Widebodies

Crazy tuner mods didn’t stop in the 1980s….no, not by a long shot. Alive and well, they’ve continued on through today with deep pockets attempting to make expensive cars more expensive, unique, and…well, you can be the judge. I spotted this unusual widebody duo several months ago and have been waiting for them to disappear. Strangely, they haven’t sold. Is it the price? The looks? The…price? Or, is it the looks? Let’s dive in…

1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SL Koenig Specials Widebody on eBay:

From the seller:

1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SL KOENIG SPECIALS

Rare Certified Koenig Specials R129 / AMG Cluster / Custom Exhaust / Work Meister S1 3P

State-side R129 Koenig Specials are very rare occurrence, and this is a chance not to be missed if you are a Youngtimer Tuner car enthusiast or collector.

Available now this extremely hard to find Certified Authentic Koenig Specials Mercedes-Benz 500SL (R129) roadster finished in Arctic White over Anthracite Leather and a Blue Soft Top.

With only 79K Miles shown on the 300 km/h AMG White Dial Cluster, it performs and shows very well all around.

Genuine Koenig Specials Wide Body looks impressive and very well all around. Complete with all the KS bits and pieces including:

  • Koenig Front Bumper
  • Koenig Wide Front Fenders
  • Koenig Side Skirts
  • Koenig Extra Wide Rear Quarters with integrated grilles
  • Koenig Rear Bumper
  • Koenig Exhaust with large square chromed tips
  • Koenig Rear Wing

Body and undercarriage show no apparent rust and present very clean all around. Factory original Blue Convertible Soft Top shows very well with some weathering on the rear acrylic windows due to the age. Hard Top is not included in this sale.

Soft Top and rollbar hydraulic mechanism was fully serviced just a week ago and all pistons have been replaced. System shows no leaks and fully functional at the time of the listing.
Engine performance is as expected through the power band and power is delivered to the iconic JDM-Spec Work Meister S1 3-piece wheels that add furthermore to the very muscular 1990’s period correct look.

Car comes with a German Certificate with the Koenig Equipment, one key and a clean Florida title.

VIN is WDB1290661F012098.

What’s to like? The interior isn’t butchered and this one has neato rear seats? I’m a big R129 fan but nothing really works on this one to me. How about a modified 996?

1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe TechArt Widebody on eBay:

Okay, I like the color here, and while it’s not my cup of tea, the interior is pretty interesting too:

From the seller:

Private Sale: 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.4L flat 6-speed Manual Transmission


35,000 miles only

No accidents

No mechanical issues

Practically no scratches in interior and exterior

10 cars made in Japan by Techart 4 made in MT and out of the4, only 1 was green. This is that Green TechArt 996.1 Carrera

Full TechArt Body Kit

Large TechArt Calipers

20″ inch HyperForged Rims

Pirelli Pzero Nero 305/25/20 80% Tread

Complete upgraded interior upholstery

Full service history

As a whole, it comes together a lot better than the Mercedes and I wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen in it. It’s also got lower mileage and appears to be in great condition. It’s also claimed to be the only one in this configuration, which is special in a way.

The asking price on both of these cars is in the mid-to-high 60k range, which is far more than very nice stock examples of them trade. To be honest I can’t imagine paying a premium for either personally, but I’m guessing that price today represents far less than was “invested” originally.



One Comment

  1. Tim in N FL
    Tim in N FL February 18, 2024

    Vintage elite. Not much I can say about the Koenig SL The J-spec TechArt 996 is a nice find. The lines of the body kit and the green paint have aged well. However, the interior demands full devotion to “baller” notions of style as interpreted by “K-Five Auto Upholstery.” Guessing they are NOT TechArt partners so maybe it could be “unpimped” without hurting value. TechArt’s offerings have ALWAYS been less polarizing to me compared to Koenig.

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