Originally Posted by DestroyerW140
Obviously you are mechanically inclined but I just have to ask..........wouldn't it be cheaper to just buy one in good shape?. Eh, I'm sure you probably have tons of parts available for it. Good luck!
I have one that is in good shape so that is not an issue. There are a couple of reasons for rebuilding the Katrina car.
First, I want to showcase what our shop can do. A "if we can make a 100% car from a former submarine, think what we can do for your car".
Second, there were only 1504 of these imported into the US. A car that was built as a partnership between Benz and Porsche is a rare deal and thank goodness the good stuff is still good. The motor, with the exception of two pistons is in great shape. Tranny, which is stock MB, was trash but that is not a problem. Its Valve Body [the tranny brain] is the only expensive 500E part that will cost a bit more.
Third, we have a couple of magazines that are interested in this project and a couple of companies that want to showcase some of their performance products that will enhance the 100% restoration and turn it into a restomod. It will still be able to be taken back to pure stock at any point.
So, to buy a true 100% car would take about $25K+, more than the "looks great"$15K cars that show up on the boards and ebay and autotrader. 100% means everything is AS NEW. Those are very hard to find and easier to build.