+1 on the "beat to death" comment.
JMHO, but most people do not have a clue what the AMG badge means. The ones that do are not going to be deceived by a fake. So I don't see the "posers" decreasing the value of an authentic AMG.
Now, my question to Brian: I have an 81 380SL that I miraculously managed to attain a period correct Lorinser body kit for. I meticulously researched and found that it was, indeed a genuine kit. Now Lorinser in that day did many types of mods per the customer, similar to AMG. With AMG the badge could be purchased with a minumum of three AMG bits, irregardless of the type. So a steering wheel, penta rims and a bodykit would qualify you to purchase the badge.
So back to my question, am I a "poser" because I badged my SL? I am not trying and would not try to pass the car off as an original Lorinser modified Benz.
To do that (and I think this applies to both early and late models) would most certainly require documentation to justify any additional asking price.
No, I don't think you are...I think the market for older Benzes is much more educated buyer than that of the later models. People looking to buy an SL like yours, which is gorgeous by the way, typically have done the research necessary to know what they are getting in to. I brought up the subject because it had been a topic of conversation at the dealership during a recent service visit. From what I was told, someone had recently purchased a later model (I think it was an 01' or 02' SL) from a private sale and was convinced by the seller that the car was an AMG...This seller has actually rebadged the car as an SL55 and even had similiar exhaust installed. Now obviously this would not get past most MB buyers, but this was a younger girl whose only experience with AMG was the actual badge on the car (by seeing it on other cars while driving on the highway). So, she paid a hefty premium for the SL, only to to go the dealer to be told it was an SL 500...That's what the guys were talking about the day I was at the dealer, and they mentioned to me that it was not the first time they had seen this happen to a new service client. I think it sucks that she was taken advantage of by a fraudster, and don't believe it's entirely her fault just because she doesn't know everything about AMG and MB cars. It's not my contention that fake badged cars are devaluing other cars, it was the service advisors.
You have to agree that someone who badges a car with an AMG badge for the purposes of getting more money for it in a private sale is a shitty thing to do. They're not just poseurs, they're criminals.
Sidenote, I've never seen an 81' with a Lorinser package...It sounds like you've put a bit of money in it over the years, and have done your research into the cars history....Do you have any pictures, I'd love to see it?