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Continuing on with the Weekend Edition, and look at what else I uncovered from the Brown Car Appreciation Society Facebook Page: This is a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 S with a Ford 302 V-8 located under the bonnet instead of the Benz 2.8L inline six. So, is this Yankee Powered German Panzer desirable?


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The listing is short and sweet:

1969 Mercedes Benz 280 S Class 55,000 original miles on body has small block Ford 302 Police Interceptor motor really clean no rust runs and drives great fast and turns a lot of heads wherever it goes will trade for a full size extended cab 4 x 4 truck

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No punctuation is the least of your concerns about this listing, so let’s start out by pointing out a couple of other problems. There is no mention as to what type of transmission backs up the transplanted motor, but my guess would be a Ford Select-Shift Cruise-o-Matic 4-Speed, but I could be wrong. Next, does all the electrical systems work? No answer. How about the A/C? It looks like there is an A/C compressor attached to the engine, but does the system work? Finally, can the stock Benz independent rear axle and differential stand up to the power output of the Police Interceptor V-8?

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Asking price for this mongrel is $5,500 which is a whole lot of cash for this type of car. It is interesting, and very unique, but can you use it on a daily basis? See the listing here, or if the ad disappears, click here.

Currently there are "15 comments" on this Article:

  1. Piston Slap Yo Mama says:

    Appalling lack of info in the ad. No miles on the donor engine, no build photos, nothing about whether the gauges and climate control works, no mileage on the chassis, no transmission info, no drivetrain upgrades … otoh the underhood shot looks well sorted, without the usual wires draped haphazardly over the engine. While I've seen worse ads (thumbs over license plates, every photo blurry, etc) this one demands a greater attention to detail. If this is how the builder approaches building an ad, how well can the car be built?

  2. rustylink says:

    The 5.0 badges are dumb and unnecessary. Reeks of a boy racer build..

  3. nanoop says:

    On the ad quality thing: Even a brilliant mechanic might consider it boring or difficult to put up nice internet ads. I encountered one or two Don Drapers who knew more about html and Photoshop than about the age of the fluids in their cars – what a waste of my time. A call will reveal much, though.

  4. wisc47 says:

    So it's got a cop motor, but does it also have cop tires, cop suspension, and cop shocks?

  5. salguod says:

    Not exactly a surprise engine given the large 5.0 badges on the fenders.

  6. scoudude says:

    It is not an uncommon swap. Years ago there was a local company that put a few of them together. I worked on one of them.

  7. Van_Sarockin says:

    Sure, when your Rolex coughs it up, you're best off swapping in the guts of a Timex.

    Is that really the stock dash?

  8. Dirty Dingus McGee says:

    No A/C on that motor. That be the power steering pump.

    And I would like it more if the swap was a 225 slant six. More so if you had the old Hyper-Pac for it.

  9. dukeisduke says:

    In the interior pic, it looks like the windlace is shot. Also, instead of the 5.0 emblems, how about a 500SE emblem on the trunk?

  10. Larry says:

    Love that tie wrap holding the radiator hose off the alternator belt. Looks like a high school auto shop project car. Kid got an A. Now he is realizing that he learned something. Sell the poorly thought out project. The econo battery says it all. Couldn't resist got a good laugh out of this one.

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