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Ridelust Oddball: 1980 Mercedes-Benz 426SL

Posted in Chrysler, Conversion Kits, Custom, Mercedes Benz by MrAngry | December 22nd, 2010 | 2 Responses |

1980 Mercedes Benz 380SL

Over the years I’ve seen a lot of strange engine swaps. I’ve seen a Chrysler slant-six in an old Fiat, a BMW diesel in a 1966 Ford Thunderbird and even a Chevy LS3 V8 shoehorned into an MG Midget. The one you see above however has to be one of the more interesting ones I’ve come across. What we have here is likely the result of a bet that occurred between two buddies on a drunken Friday night. This is a 1980 Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible, or at least it was until someone decided to stuff a big Chrysler 426 HEMI into it. Apparently the original 3.8-liter 218 hp V8 wasn’t enough to motivate this little roadster along, thus the need for the big elephant.


Execution wise this is a pretty clean install. The original Mercedes hood has not only been modified to accommodate the shaker scoop, but the builders have also managed to incorporated in the trim ring. What’s really amazing though is that they actually got that HEMI to fit under that bonnet. I mean it’s wedged in there, but it doesn’t look like they had to cut any of the cars original sheet metal. Despite the fact that the car looks like the great pumpkin, it must still be a star at every car show it attends. Gotta’ love it when people think outside the box…

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  1. Nem says:

    This great I was trying to find out if I could put a new Hemi in my 73 sl. I’m sure this very hard to do and took a lot of tine. I would really like to know more about this car. Also do you think it can be done on mine. Where is this car located ?


  2. richard says:

    the hemi benz was biult for a man in odeesa fl.i know because i built it and we also built a 460 ford and 2 350 chevies