• Apr 3rd 2009 at 8:27AM
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Of all the fashion/automotive collaborations we've seen, few are as bonkers as those of A Bathing Ape fashion house designer Nigo. The Japanese icon has given the BAPE treatment to some of the most expensive automobiles on the market, including camo'd Rolls-Royce Phantoms and pink Bugatti Veyrons. But now, after laying hands on Volkswagen's Bugatti and BMW's Rolls-Royce, Nigo has forked over his stylish cash to Mercedes-Benz tuning division AMG for a modern riff on a classic 300SL Gullwing.

So far, only this dedication plaque has surfaced, but that tells us all we need to know. The vehicle in question appears to have started its life as a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, but undergone an engine swap this year to place a modern 6.0-liter V8 under the hood. No word on what styling tweaks may have been carried out, but we wouldn't be surprised if the vintage Benz proved hard to find in a tinted jungle.

UPDATED with images and gallery.

[Source: Bespoke Ventures]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I like vintage restomods as much as the next guy, but this is obscene. A great 1954 SL gullwing is history...restore it better than new is bad enough (see Left Coast Golf Course Shows...eeew) but butchering it to put a modern engine in it is like putting two welded V8 engines in a classic duesenberg.

      Better to take a modern SL and rebody it to a 54 gullwing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree about the paint it's disgusting. But I always liked the idea of a new engine. I mean I don't care very much about the originality of the car. I want a new car but with an old unique body like this.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Barf. Excuse me while I go puke my guts out whilst sobbing uncontrollably at the loss of such a lovely piece of automotive history.
        • 6 Years Ago
        here are pics of the completed car

        • 6 Years Ago
        @ TigerMil
        I should preface this by saying that the 300SL is-and has always been-my favorite car of all time. I mean going back to the age of like, 3 or 4. But I completely disagree with you. The car, while rare, is not one-of-5-remaining or some such, and as I understand it parts availability for the most part, for such an old, rare car isn't all that bad, so it's not like they're nigh on impossible to bring back should you find a trashed one in your uncle's barn or some such.

        I'd be VERY upset if this became a trend or if there were literally only a handful of cars left, but I think that there are enough of them left that it's acceptable to modify a few (very few) of them, as long as it's done with the taste (and the camo DEFINITELY doesn't qualify there) and to the level of quality that this particular automobile is entitled to. And if any company can put something like this together the way it should be put together, it's AMG. I still wouldn't do it personally, I love the car too much to change a thing about it. But like I said, as long as it's done properly, I can't get too upset about it.

        But then there's a whole list of old Mercedes that I'd like to restomod properly (a pipe dream, at this point)-albeit none of them as rare as the 300SL, but none of them are exactly 2 to a street corner, either. A high grille w111 coupe, a late w136 sedan (a 170Ds, probably), an Adenauer 300d and a few others... So I may just be nuts.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Luckily the exterior is vinyl plastic covering, and can be peeled off. Here is a picture without the ugly ass camouflage. At least he has enough sense to drive around without it.


        Oddly enough its from a magazine, saying "I don't know whether to laugh or cry" at the car. The engine is probably a bored AMG M113 engine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      why do you people care so much about what someone does with his own vehicle and his own money. nevermind the fact that mercedes agreed to this.

      regarding the paint job (or vinyl job?). i dont particularly care for it but i actually own several items from his company. the camo design is slightly altered such that several of the brown spots are shaped in the face of a gorilla's head (the comapny's logo). many many many of the company's clothing designs incorporate this print and it is hugely popular around the world. i dont see why it would be such a terrible thing for the creator of the brand and the design to want to put it on a few of his cars.

      geeky1. taste is purely subjective. i am pretty conservative when it comes to cars and generally dont approve of any modification. i like them the way they were intended to look. however i think to say that a fashion icon who has made several hundred million dollars selling clothes around the world lacks taste is probably incorrect. im with you in that i dont like it but i wont say its poor taste. just different.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As soon as I saw who it was, I knew the butchery was imminent. Still... how do you prepare yourself to see something so heartbreaking?
      • 6 Years Ago
      My eyes are watering.... This is one of my favorites cars and they fkn ruined it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!

      Evidently, Mercedes has no scruples regarding their own history.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The registered trademark symbols take an already tacky chrome plate and makes it look ridiculous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course it's a replica. Gullwings are minimum-$500,000 cars. Putting vinyl covering on a Veyron is one thing, but this is a dramatic deviation from both the interior and the mechanics of the original It's a HWA-created 300 SL (see http://www.hwaag.com/107.html). If you translate there German, then yes, it does read as if they put new running gear in an old body shell, but that simply isn't the case.
      Nobody would compromise the authenticity or originality of an investment motor like the Gullwing. The HWA treatment is carried out on fabricated body shells created from moulds - just like the ones people use to create a plethora of fake Ferrari 355s and 360s in the UK.
      The Sultan of Brunei started the trend for modern mechnicals in classic Mercedes replicas long ago, but I do wish everyone would stop copying him - five-spoke alloys on a Gullwing looks ridiculous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      they ruined a perfectly good gullwing...why?!?!?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This would be nice if he kept the stock color.
      Ian Merizalde
      • 6 Years Ago
      This image is heartbreaking and makes me want to cry.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm almost 100% certain this is a replica.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would really hope so
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wrapped or not, this is a disgrace.
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