600hp 190SL “Mercedes-Bent”

April 29th, 2013

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The SEMA show is a magnet for outrageous creations and this SL65 based 'Mercedes- Bent' certainly was a standout in 2010.

190SL swallows an SL65
‘Mercedes-Bent’ at SEMA

Richard Mott’s outrageous SL65 based ‘Mercedes-Bent’ is not a new creation: He debuted the car at 2010′s SEMA specialty show. The premise of the project was optimistic at best and involved removing the skin, interior and retracting top mechanism of a perfectly good 2004 Mercedes SL65 and wrapping the rolling platform with stretched, widened and highly stylized 190SL coachwork!

Mott must be a Mecedes-Benz nut with more than a little hot rod background. This clever creation has ‘resto-mod’ written all over it. While SL purists will cringe at the loss of a perfectly good SL65 AND a sound 190SL, no one can quibble about the quality and creativity we see in these pictures. The scope of the project didn’t seem to faze California’s aptly named ‘Hot Rods & Custom Stuff‘ because they moved the project from renderings to the jewel-like finished that dazzles in every respect.

We can see how much the 190Sl coachwork had to be widened to fit over the SL65 platform. The masterful fabrication can be seen throughout the car - sculpted tail lights, fitted luggage, and flush fitting bumpers. The wheels/wheel covers are simply exquisite.

Clever Cues

Continuing the 190SL theme into the interior involved creating special dash panels, seats, steering wheel, AC outlets, door panels – basically every item beyond the basic center console structure was carefully fabricated. This is mind boggling. We presume the original windshield posts were installed to support the specially constructed windshield. The more you look the more mind-bending – and massively expensive – spectacular fabrication you see.

The Bent's interior is brilliantly executed. We see sumptuous 190SL-esque seats, faux temperature slide levers, door panels with 190SL hardware (lock levers, window cranks, release handles) and wonderful modern interpretation of the 190SL's steering wheel. All the gorgeous fabrication is wrapped around the original SL65 center console and navigation structure. Brilliant!

 

Show me the Money

What did it cost? Well, a 2004 SL65 will soak up about $70k and the 190SL donor car had to cost $25k. 3,000+ hours of design and fabrication will cost about $255k (@ $85/hour) and materials likely added $40k which would bring cost to construct the “Bent’ SL to just below $400k. It’s gorgeous and it’s insane but we love it. Bravo Mr. Mott and Hot Rods & Custom Stuff.

Richard Mott's creation displays an attitude quite contrary to the somewhat effeminate persona of original SL. And with good reason because under the hood lurks a 6.5 liter twin turbo V-12 WITH a Renntech performance package producing well over 600 hp. If we look carefully at the sweep of the morphed 190SL coachwork, we can understand the 'bent' moniker.

Roy Spencer, editor MercedesHeritage.com
Photography from TopSpeed.com

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