Thursday, April 7, 2016

W124 570E: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300E w/ Chevy V8

The W124 Mercedes-Benz chassis was the first Benz given the official E-Class badging and one of the finer examples of German engineering and build quality in existence.  They were distributed around the world from 1984 though 1996 with a variety of inline4, inline5, inline6, and V8 engines -- and the one to get if you want to go fast is the 500E. Prices are high for the Porsche assembled hot rod version...but you can get a hillbilly 500E for cheap.  Find this 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300E with Chevy V8 offered for $3,500 in Reading, MA via craigslist. Tip from Scott T.

This Vettecedes is offered for the price of a project, and the seller says it runs & drives -- and was on the road in CT, but doesn't have a MA title.  The title issue could help keep the cost down, but this would be best exported to a state that doesn't have emissions tests or unfriendly DMV clerks.

Under the hood is an L98 5.7 liter Chevy V8 from a 1985 Corvette mated to a 700R4 auto with a 1700 rpm torque converter.  When new the L98 would have been rated at 230 horsepower with TPI fuel injection, but with a few aftermarket parts the 5.7 liter pushrod lump should push 350 hp with ease. 

See another frankenbenz?


  1. some swaps should never be done..

    1. What is missing here is the alternate pipes to run those headers right up through the hood, stack attack, that would make this enough fun for me.

  2. Are those street rod block-huggers flipped upside down? Marine headers?

    I get the feeling that there's a lot of little gotchas in this job.

  3. Truck pull headers, point straight up but still have collectors. You loose quite a bit on the low end with individual exhaust pipes

  4. You know you're in deep when the sawzall comes out.

    The hood pins class it up but good.

    Comes with a current JC Whitney catalog so you can continue sourcing only the best parts.

    She's a beaut.

  5. Can't say I've ever seen an air filter almost as small as the valve cover breather before.


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