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Thursday 28th September

Someone’s stuffed a tuned Supra engine into a classic Mercedes

From the archives: that time someone merged two Very Good Things, a Merc 450 SLC and twin-turbo 2JZ

  • Oh my. Things are happening to my brain.

    Good things, we suspect. Welcome, one and all, back to Japan – a land filled with amazing cars and amazing people who tune cars. And this one’s Amazing. Cap A.

    It is, in short, a classic Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC (rolling alongside a rather lovely 190E, we might add, because fwiends), decked out with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine from a Mark IV Toyota Supra. That’s the fabled 2JZ engine. Made famous by some film, we can’t remember the name.

    Photography: Mark Riccioni

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  • Wait – I get to say ‘overnight parts from Japan’!

    Yes. Although seeing as this one’s based in Japan, it kind of doesn’t make sense. In any case, there are parts.

    The straight-six has been treated to a single turbo setup, together with a new Motec ECU, and a four-speed Toyota gearbox sending drive to the rear wheels.

  • Has it got a lot of power?

    It’s got 450bhp, roughly, so yes. Yes it has.

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  • Can it handle all that power?

    No idea, we didn’t drive it. But we’re told the car rides on Bilstein dampers so… yeah, it probably does. Look, handling isn’t the most important thing about a car like this.

  • What is?

    The fact that it looks fanastic. And has a wonderful engine underneath. And is really very cool.

  • What are those wheels all about?

    They’re 17in diamond-cut alloys that mimic AMG’s classic five spoke wheel. Shiny. Shiny things make everything better.

  • The inside looks very clean.

    And very original, too. Barring that weird AMG steering wheel, of course. Other than that, lovely.

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  • Can we just… I mean… isn’t it sacrilege to modify a classic Mercedes like this?

    Take your cynicism and 'reason' and please leave now.

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