Date registered: Jan 2006
Vehicle: 73 280SE 4.5, 71 300SEL, 03 BMW Z4, 72 Fiat 850, 80 Triumph TR7, 85 Porsche 911
Location: DC Area
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Summit racing has multiple pass radiators for $239, serving 6 and 8 cylinder applications. There's also one I saw for $169.
Also, I just googled "custom radiator" and got $8.59M hits (not all vendors, to be sure). Somewhere within there, I'm thinking, are shops in your state that can rebuild yours, or build you a new/custom one for much less than stock.
I'm restoring a Fiat that gave me issues in finding the right hoses, so I went to Autozone and found hoses of the right diameter and bends. I shortened lengths as needed with a utility knife, and am having no issues.
If you buy through a Benz dealership or through the Classic Center, you're going to pay big bucks for a radiator that is greatly cheaper as a "generic."
If you like the custom/generic route but have doubts on how to mount the thing, go talk to a restorer or mechanic you trust and see if there are options or mounts that would work... As I said before, a radiator is a radiator is a radiator.