1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Restomod
- 396 CID Chevrolet V-8 engine bored out to .30 over 402 CID
- 850 CFM Holley double-pumper carburetor
- Four-speed Saginaw automatic transmission
- Nine-inch rear end with 2.47 gearing
- White hardtop over Dark Blue exterior
- New vinyl seats with no seat belts
- Power steering, power brakes, power windows (code 587), power locks (code 467), cruise control (code 440) power antenna (code 531)
- New Flowmaster exhaust system
- Big aluminum radiator
- Two new window switches
- Modified bumpers
A German touring couple with an American big block V-8 as its heart. Is that blasphemous? You decide after visiting MotoeXotica Classic Cars to see for yourself. We can assure you no other SLs’ will be passing you. Car comes with a clean Auto Check report that shows no prior accidents or concerns.
Wearing an off-white hardtop over a Dark Blue exterior, this two-door’s paint and trim are in overall very good order. The bodywork is straight, the trunk looks great for its age and its chrome bumpers fit tightly to the body. Please note there is some blistering in the paint from filler used around the wheel arch extensions and hood riser. This example was originally made in December 1981 in Mercedes’ Sindelfingen, West Germany factory. Note that a pair of metal guards, painted body-color, have replaced the stock five mph chrome bumpers.
This car rolls on Falken Azenis radials, size 215/45R17 in front and 275/40R17 in back. Each tire is mounted to a five-spoke aftermarket alloy wheel. The wheels are in very good order while the tires are in good, original condition.
That’s no typo above, there really is Chevrolet big-block professionally stuffed engine under the hood. It is a 396 CID engine that has been bored out to .30 over 402 CID. The V-8 has a large, aluminum radiator and a 850 CFM Holley double-pumper carburetor, backed by a four-speed Saginaw manual transmission and a nine-inch rear end with 2.47:1 gearing. The engine breathes through a new set of Flowmaster exhausts. Driver convenience features include power steering, power brakes, power windows (code 587), power locks (code 467), cruise control (code 440) and power antenna (code 531). This is a hot rod 380SL and should not be expected to act or drive like your standard 380SL, just saying!
Inside, the new tan custom bucket seats look gorgeous and pair nicely with the original carpeted storage area behind. The rest of the carpeting is in good, original order. A tan headliner accompanies the other upholstery while the traditional big, three-spoke stock steering wheel has been replaced by a RAS TP three-spoke wheel of a much smaller diameter. Both side window switches have been replaced. The inner door panels and dashboard are in satisfactory order, as are the center console and shift lever topped with a white knob.
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