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Date registered: Sep 2015
Vehicle: 1976 450SL
Location: CT, USA
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Restorod is the way I'm going.
When I told my SO I was going to restore a car for her, she told me she absolutely did NOT want it to be a show car - she wanted to be able to drive it, go away for weekends in it and enjoy the car (I also have a Jag that I enter in shows, and occasionally wins class awards, but she won't drive it)
So - I've tried to make it standout on the road and at the gas station - nice paint, straight body and trim, but it's never going to win any awards (especially for originality). It's a mixture of parts from the lifespan of the R107 - early bumpers (stainless repo); 560SL front spoiler and brake light; LED lighting inside and out (except headlamps), original Becker (for period looks), but with MP3 & handsfree bluetooth for tunes, practicality and safety. Reliability and safety are the most important - next on the list is replacing every component in the braking system and every bush/joint/shock in the suspension and steering.
Currently going too and fro on the wheels. It came with bundts, but I have a restored set of 15" 560SL wheels in the basement - but now I'm thinking of going more retro, with early steel wheels and hub caps....
It's cost far more than I planned, and more than it will ever be worth. However, I've enjoyed building it far more than I imagined I would -I hope my wife enjoys driving it as much as I've enjoyed building it. Cars are made to be driven!
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'76 450SL 'Yard Find' Project