I have a w113 Pagoda with a 560 motor and a 5 speed manual transmission. I also have a w111 coupe with a euro 500 motor and also a 5 speed manual transmission.
I knew I was wise to direct my post towards BOTH my favored diesels AND gasoline cars!! Those must be awesome cars! Do you have a youtube video of your cars either in action or on display?
I've always like the Pagoda, but after a ride in one while it screamed its guts out, at the least, an overdrive trans, or as you did, a powerful motor. I may lean more towards your luxury W111 coupe with the 500 motor though, but a smart man would just have both!
Fonzi, your comment reminded me, I almost bought a Benz with a Chevy 350, twice, one was a W114 Benz, it was going cheap too, another was a W123 Benz, also with a GM 350.
Here's a funny story, my dream Benz is a euro bumper 450SL from the early 70's in German Racing Silver, with a powerful (but simple, no computer) turbodiesel motor, color matched factory hard top, and factory alloy wheels. That's my holy grail Benz, at least it has been for about twenty years.
I enjoy watching James Bond, "Her Majesty's Secret Service", for the scene with the black Benz fintail!
Being on this site is gonna turn me upside down because now I want a Benz in my life again.
I currently have the all time luv of my life automobile, members should sit down before reading on, not only because it's not a Benz but because it's nothing special:
A factory raven black color code "A" 1964 Ford Falcon two door with the tall roof line and a six cylinder motor.
Before you guys have me ejected from this site, though, if I had my way, I'd have BOTH this exact Falcon and some form of Benz or another.
I'm always torn between the primitive Ford and a primitive Benz. The Ford usually wins due to its utter simplicity. I built, from the ground up, two of them using some basic tools that fit into a toolbox the size of a shoe box.
Okay, enough about my black vintage Ford, and back to fintails and Benzes...
For some reason my favorite color for the fintail and the 1960's W108 big sedans is that battleship gray or black. I like fintails in other colors too but those are my favorites.
A few days ago I read a magazine for vintage Mercedes Benz cars, featured in that issue was a medium blue 190D fintail in South Africa. The author recounted his boyhood in S. Africa with the family fintail.
That would be a dream car of mine, but with a euro 240 TURBOdiesel. I believe a turbocharged 240 diesel would provide more than ample power for that car, given a four or five speed trans. I don't need all the power in the world, I'd be happy with "enough". I used to own a T-Bucket, so sure, I love power, who doesn't!
With the fintail, I would not want to jeopardize the balance and handling of the car with too heavy a motor, but if a turbo 300 is light enough, then so be it.
I've owned a 1980 Mercedes 300D, a 1981 300CD, and a 1978 240D with a four speed, and being able to compare all of them, I would definitely prefer the lighter, agile feel of the 240D, but certainly with more power. I sold the 240D due to it's being too slow. I was satisfied with the 300D non-turbo, it was no rocket but it was enough to keep me happy enough.
I have a hunch a 190D fintail with a 240 turbodiesel would be a hoot to drive. Sadly, a 190D owned by an enthusiast, a fintail, came up for sale, $2200, and a couple months later the price dropped to $1100 and I still did not buy it, I just didn't want another slow car, but I regret not buying it.
Anyway, it's a pleasure to read all the replies on here, thanks guys, and keep them coming! If you have links to youtube vids with your car, all the better!! I tried finding some diesel FrankenBenz cars on youtube but no luck yet.