Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: 1967 250SE RHD, 1969 300SE L, 1989 560SEC with AMG upgrades, 1998 s600 coupe
Location: Los Angeles CA
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RE: Supercharging a '67 250SE
Guys, that was my initial concept and still my ultimate choice, to have a V12 [}:)] [}:)] [}:)] . However, right now I am lacking contacts with good local mechanics to work on the car, to give pointers and contacts to locate good engine/trans. I asked a couple of "Mercedes Techs" if they had any idea how I could put in a V12 in this car. They started to whine so much, about how the computer is going to be a problem, this and that I said foget it. THEN I wanted a 6.3, because of the power and because it is a gorgeous engine. However, I still have not been able to locate one in a usable condition, an affordable one, or an affordable donor car.
Then, everytime I start my car, even after sitting for 6 months, it starts right up and runs smooth like a Swiss whatch. It almost feels bad to get rid of that engine. Powerwise, I am not looking to make a racer or a dragster. I will probably not race the car at all. This car is going to travel to many shows (real shows not parking lot shows) so I have to be really carefull with it. I wanted it to have enough power so I can show off now and then just to prove that it is not all looks. So even though a 6.9, 5.0 aluminum will be more powerfull, I think I still would rather go with a 6.3. If I can't find a 6.3 engine $ trans, then I will probably stick to the original 2.5 and add a nice supercharger or a turbo. However all of this said, I cannot make up my mind yet. I, and the producers of the Discovery show haven't gone all out to find sponsors, yet. Maybe we might be able to get some serious guys involved and pull off the ultimate. Some of our "go getter" guys are so good we might even be able to grab AMG's attention [:D]
All of the info you guys are giving me is priceless. Like I said earlier, I am going to print all this and the ones to come and sit down with some brains to see what we can do.
About the RHD 4 speed floor shift. I knew it was a rare car first time I saw it about 4 yrs ago. I asked the elderly couple, the first owners, to sell it to me and they denied. Two years passed and I came accross them again and was able to convince [:D]
They had bought the car in '67 in England and had it transported to dry South Africa, where the car lived it's whole life. RHD w/o rust [:D]. I drove it like that for a year and enjoyed it. People look, ask, leave notes, point with their fingers like you would not believe.
Choppin' a W111 was always in my head since way back when. So I had mixed thoughts about chopping this one. I thought, and still sometimes think, it is a stupid choice to chop a rare one like this. BUT, on the other hand, having a RHD floor shift coupe chopped and customized tastefully is even more exotic. I just hope some fanatic purist doesn't shoot me at a show while exhibitng LOL