Incredible vintage 1982 Mercedes-Benz SL racer heads to auction

Race cars with actual racing pedigree frequently bring in significant sums of money when they change hands. The car in the pictures below is a 1982 Mercedes-Benz SL Trans Am race car built on purpose to break the track. The car was raced by the DeAtley Motorsports / Michelob racing team in its day. The car is coming to auction with Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee, with the auction ending on the 16th.

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Powertrain Specifications

The vehicle was previously owned by Neat DeAtley, owner of a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Idaho. In his day, the car raced down Loren St. Lawrence. It was built for the 1982 racing season and was noted for being the first Mercedes-Benz race car to hit the track since 1955 in a professional series.

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While the car left the factory with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine under the hood, it was modified to displace 4.5 liters to meet Trans Am specifications. The engine is topped off with a pair of Holley carburettors to dump fuel in the tanks. cylinders and has tube heads. The transmission is five-speed manual.

Body and Safety

While the car looks a lot like a 1982 factory Mercedes-Benz SL, it uses a wide fiberglass body and is built on a tube chassis. Like most race cars, great emphasis was placed on aerodynamics, and the car features ground effects to help it adhere to the race track, including front and rear spoilers.

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The car rolls on beautiful modular BBS wheels shod with Goodyear Eagle racing tires. The car is equipped with a custom full roll cage to keep the driver safe and has four-wheel disc brakes. Disc brakes in every way are common in even the cheapest cars today, but in the early 1980s, four-wheel discs weren’t that common.

If you look closely at the wide fiberglass body, you may notice that the car’s graphics were hand painted and lettered. As good as the car looks, it reportedly has the original paint and lettering on the body. Considering that contact is frequently made in motor racing, and cars often collide, that this racing vehicle has survived with its original paint and graphics since 1982 is impressive.

Interior and other parts

Inside, the Mercedes-Benz SL has been destroyed and looks nothing like the luxurious sports car you might have bought at the dealership in 1982. It has only required racing instruments on what appears to be a fiberglass dash. . It has aluminum interior panels to save weight and features a racing seat and harness.

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The sale includes the crew chief’s log book outlining the car’s exploits on the track. It also ships with a replacement cast iron block, aluminum heads, and additional body panels and fenders. The buyer also gets an additional rear end, camshaft molds, pistons and rods and springs. Someone so inclined could take this iconic piece of racing history and perform it at historic events across the country.

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The seller recently had the vehicle inspected by a professional center and notes that the car will be sold with a bill of sale and not with a title. A bill of sale is common for racing vehicles as they are typically considered parts and not complete vehicles.

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Interestingly, while it looks a lot like a stock Mercedes, the only components on this race car that are Mercedes parts are the engine block, cylinder heads, duplex camshaft chain drive, and lights. rear. Everything else is custom-made racing hardware. Mecum auctions He estimates the car will sell for between $ 450,000 and $ 475,000. The same person has owned the car for the past three decades.

Other Mercedes news

We talked about another exciting and thoroughly modern Mercedes-Benz car this week. At CES 2022, Mercedes unveiled its new electric vehicle called the VISION EQXX concept. It is a very wild looking car with body lines that are a bit reminiscent of the Porsche Taycan. One of the main claims Mercedes makes about the concept is that it will drive more than 620 miles on a single charge.

That is an extremely long driving range. Today, most electric vehicles struggle to achieve 300 miles of range per charge. Mercedes claims that the electric vehicle would consume less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometers. To squeeze every possible mile out of the battery pack, the car was made with a heavy emphasis on aerodynamics.

The automaker claims that the vehicle has an electric powertrain that is 95 percent efficient. That means 95 percent of the battery’s power is used to power the car. Mercedes claims that only 30 percent of the energy produced powers the vehicle in a traditional combustion vehicle.

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