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id like to know what they did for structural reinforcement, a big part of the 126's support is in the passenger cell which includes the pillars and roof. But to answer your question about appreciation, I doubt it.
 

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That is good you brought that up. Need to remember that.
 

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Closer inspection shows...

*air bag has been deployed or is severely separating
*the ashtray wood is zebrano, not burlwood like the rest of the car
*the shift knob looks to be designed for a manual transmission, not automatic (look at the base)
*whats with the brackets inside the trunk to hold the sub box?
*no hoodpad under the hood


BTW.. the car is not "dual overhead cam" as the auction states.

These are just observations taken from ebay pictures. I'm sure if you were to see the car in real life, there would be a lot more minuses.
 

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Those cabrios always scare me. Almost impossible to prove that the job was done right when it was done.
 

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Those cabrios always scare me. Almost impossible to prove that the job was done right when it was done.
If the convertible conversion was done by Styling Garage (SG) from Germany, then it was done correctly. That trunk mechanism is not from SG so my assumption is that SG did not do this car.

I do not like the looks of a convertible, it removes the "C" pillar from the car which is one of the reasons an SEC looks so good. Also, if it's not SG made, I wouldn't touch it for any reason. YMMV
 

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the top cover in the back is horrendous. I wouldn't be caught dead driving it. Looks very micky mouse to me. it looks like he has 4 weeks of luggage stuffed under it. Howecer, I have seen some real nice cabrio's before, but this aint it.
oh and ya gotta love the ////AMG badge on the back too. hehe

 

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Pimp-a-liscious Hoopty! I wouldn't touch the 10 foot pole that touched this car with a 10 foot pole. My guess is, this is one needy piece of crap. Invest in solid iron, not some half-ass hack job. It will have no real value down the road. Zebrano and Burl is a nice custom touch though.:D :D :D
 

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alright alright...I persoanlly don't like convertible cars, but always thought these SEC's are worth to have, just to have a converible SEC. I did notice the zebrano ashtray, shiftknob. But I did not notice the airbag. Wow, good observation. That sort of just overshadows everything else.
 

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I am not diggin the fenders or the chromes....
 

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Thanks to the location of the fuel tank there is probably no easy or attractive way to package the retractable hoods on these conversions, because of that most SEC convertibles look terrible with the ugly mass sitting on the rear deck
 

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Actually I have seen some that were rather nice. But a ton more work went into them of course. However, even when done right, I still prefer the coupe look. If I wanted a cabrio, I'd get a 560SL. not ruin a fine auto like this SEC may have been before the hack job.
 

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DarkOneSK said:
Actually I have seen some that were rather nice. But a ton more work went into them of course. However, even when done right, I still prefer the coupe look. If I wanted a cabrio, I'd get a 560SL. not ruin a fine auto like this SEC may have been before the hack job.
I disagree. SL is SL. If I want a convertible SEC I want a convertible SEC that is done right and looks right not an SL.
 

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mramay said:
If the convertible conversion was done by Styling Garage (SG) from Germany, then it was done correctly. That trunk mechanism is not from SG so my assumption is that SG did not do this car.

I do not like the looks of a convertible, it removes the "C" pillar from the car which is one of the reasons an SEC looks so good. Also, if it's not SG made, I wouldn't touch it for any reason. YMMV
I think ///AMG made this one, I'm almost sure of it!!!
 

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how so? It doesn't even have a bodykit and they wouldn't put a current logo on it. It would be "AMG" not "///AMG" correct?
 

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how so? It doesn't even have a bodykit and they wouldn't put a current logo on it. It would be "AMG" not "///AMG" correct?
Dude, I was obviously joking...that car was styled by Ghettofabulous, Inc.
 

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I disagree. SL is SL. If I want a convertible SEC I want a convertible SEC that is done right and looks right not an SL.
Yeah, I agree. The 560SL is a fine car in its own right- it's something different than a convertible SEC. Things I don't like about the SL- its a two seater, I bang my knuckles on the windshield because of how close the windshield is to the wheel, and there's no headroom. None of these problems occur in an SEC. I like the styling better on a 126 than a 107 also.

SGS did a great conversion, but I believe a Richard Straman conversion would also be well done.

I've thought it would be a fun project to buy one of these conversions, set to making the structure as strong as practicable, then do a racing fuel cell in the floor, thus making room for the top in the usual top stack location. I really do think a 560SEC ragtop with a smooth boot like a factory MB (E320 ragtop for example) would be a stunner.
 

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The tail light reflector add-on gotta go!
 
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