The old Mercedes-Benz timers may have a timeless and imposing design, but they have always been designed for comfort instead of tire tread performance. This 1968 280 SEL is however a very different animal, as it takes the transmission line and interior from a 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63S W205!
The very unusual restomod, courtesy of @AMG_OG is located in Brisbane, Australia, and looks like the perfect sleep. The owner kept the original body painted black with lots of chrome on the grille, bumper, surrounding the headlights and the window line. The modern 19-inch five-spoke wheels that reveal the huge AMG disc brake and the “S” emblem on the rear door are the only indications that it’s not an ordinary 280 SEL.
Another thing that will surprise you at a glance is the interior, which has been replaced directly from the right-hand drive 280 SEL. The steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara, the modern dashboard with infotainment screen, and the bucket seats look strange in combination with the exterior designed by Paul Bracq.
While cruising the roads and drifting trucks, this Mercedes confuses bystanders because no one expects the W108 to perform at that level. After all, the most powerful version from the factory was the 280 SEL with a 4.5-liter V8 engine that produced 195 horsepower sent to the rear wheels via a 3-speed automatic gearbox. This was a lot of power in the ’70s, but far from AMG’s latest 4.0-liter buy-turbo V8, which delivers 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. .. C63s in stock.
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