5k: 570SEL: 1980 Mercedes-Benz W116 Chevy V8

In 1973 Mercedes-Benz introduced the legendary W116 S-Class around the globe.  In case you might wonder, the S is short for Sonderklasse, or Special Class, as in, unless you earn money like a special
body parts doctor, you can’t afford this.  Today, the W116 chassis is known for its low startup costs, incredibly
durable interior materials, tank-like build quality and expensive parts/labor costs if something major goes wrong…unless you’ve removed the costly Mercedes-Benz engine and shoved something cheap up front.  Find this 1980 Mercedes-Benz W116 with Chevy V8 offered for $4,000 in Rockland, NY via craigslist.  Tip from Cory.

This W116 started life as the 280 SEL (or it could be a simple SE), a long wheelbase luxury sedan powered by a 2.8 liter inline-6 that was rated at 170 horsepower.  Gone is the original Mercedes engine and in its place is a 350 cubic inch Chevy V8.

This is the standard blue plate 350 Chevy V8 that puts out something on the order of 350 horsepower when fed via a big carburetor up top.  Bonus points for the seller because the entire thing fits under the stock hood; no nasty hood bulge on this one.  

The seller doesn’t specifically state if this is an SE or SEL, but that rear door looks really long to me, although the rear leg room isn’t quite we I’d expect from the SEL version…jury is still out on this one.  Whatever the configuration this car does a really nice impersonation of a real 450SEL 6.3 at a fraction of the future repair costs. 

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