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ND MB NewB 500/560SELs

Greetings, everyone! I am a lifelong vehicle enthusiast new to European cars, though my Dad had 2 356As when I was a kid in the '60s back in Wisc. The closest I've gotten to 356/911s have been Corvair 140/180s. After finding a really nice silver '97 C280 Sport and having the wife turn it down (!)really! it WAS for her!, I was given an '85 500SEL by a friend. It appears to have a blown head gasket(white exhaust, runs slightly rough, uses but not leaks AF) and the trans is sloooow to shift to 3rd? But it is a Calif car with NO rust. (dark grey).
In researching parts for it and reading the buyers guide, I liked the idea of the 54 extra horses in a 560 and bought one on eBay, but have yet to bring it home, this will be for the wife... little does she know....she DID say she likes fast cars.... (DB877 petrol green). I will get a set of euro lights for the 560 and put the originals on the 500 to get rid of those awful US lights. I have been reading/plotting/scheming and will pay close attention to the W126 pages. I always liked the SLs and 450SE/SELs thanks to Matchbox, but the better reliability and sheer value of the W126s has me quite intrigued. The 560 will remain 'stock' and the 500 will be the test bed for fun. BTW, has anyone done true dual exhausts on these cars, is there room?
Thanks to you all for being out there to ask.

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Hello Stu and welcome aboard. Glad you love those W126ers, there is a fanatical following of them on the W126 subforum and on mbcoupes.com and elsewhere.

I wrote the mbcoupes buyers guide.

There are archived threads on that subforum all about exhaust upgrades, and YES!!! you can have a true dual exhaust on them.

Such as AMG try - Y headers running down through cats, or no cats, factory resonators left or kept, down to a 2 in 2 out hi performance muffler.

I have made detailed threads about my exhaust upgrades, and yes, I got way more power, proven on a dyno test, with this. It's a joy each and every single time you jump on the go pedal. Even these cars were engineered as soft long distance cruisers and not hot rods.

Removal of my resonators.

True dual exhaust on a 560 mine.

exits out a Remus exhaust I found last year.

Hop on over to the W126 forum, we are waiting to welcome you!

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