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Hi all,

I have one of these early M117.960 engines out of a 450 SLC 5.0. These are alloy block engines but the design in the back is still very close to the iron blocks 3.5 M116 and 4.5 M117 allowing to fit a manual transmission, flywheel etc. out of a 3.5. These 3.5 four speed can easily be modified to take the torque of the 5.0 and even be made a five speed by blending parts with an L6 five speed trans (but it's more difficult and expensive). It's a bit involved but it works very well and I already did it on my W111 coupe conversion.

So I have one of these engines as well as a 3.5 four speed trans. I was thinking of mating them together and fit it in an early W460 SWB. The idea would be to have a stock looking car as if MB did it, looking like this one for example:




I've already searched some threads about this conversion. This would be quite a project but I think the end result would be worth it.

Though I would not be doing it to make money, I would still want to know the value of such a car on the market in case I need to sell it at a later stage. How much would a well sorted W460 like the one on the picture be worth on the market today? How much would the same car be worth with a well executed M117 5.0 transplant and 4 speed manual ? and with a 5 speed manual?

Thank you very much in advance for the help!
 

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Depending on how well sorted out the stock W460 is, transplanting the V8 in there would probably reduce its value. Most folks who are interested in a W460 tend to be purists; and the only transplant that is looked upon with any favorability is a 300 TD.
 

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Thanks. So the only way it would make sense would be to find one with a blown motor and in need of restoration, so as not to spoil a "good" one.

Early models don't seem to be so common in the US.
 
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