• Mar 13, 2011
1976 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL Sbarro Gullwing Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery

Franco Sbarro apparently had a lot of orders for these wide-bodied modern gullwings back in the late '70s. According to the eBay listing, Sbarro made 28 Gullwing Coupes in total, most based on a two-door chassis with either a naturally-aspirated or twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8.

The car you see before you, however, is among the rarest of these rare supercoupes. It's based on a four-door 1976 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 chassis. Apparently one of six built for the new wife of an Arab prince, this car spent part of its life in the hands of an NBA star. (Shocker, we know.)

The custom gullwing doors look more than a little heavy and cumbersome, and must have taken weeks of careful figuring to get right. The details, however, are what really set this car apart. For starters, it's been updated with chrome 20-inch Giovannas, to make add a contemporary to its bling. Then there's the original-equipment Sbarro horizontal 'phantom' bar grille hiding the big Benz's stock headlamps and marker lights.

Top all that off with a set of ridiculously-wide fender flares and a lowered roofline, and you have a delicious recipe for 1970s-style excess. The price for all this exclusivity and opulence? The "Buy It Now" option lists $49,995. Thanks for the tip, Csaba!



[Source: eBay Motors]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Hideous
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the car was copper colored, the grill would totally remind me of Isaac Clarke lol
      • 3 Years Ago
      cut it some slack it's 2011 and this was cooked up in the 70's
      • 3 Years Ago
      One word: eww.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only needed to look at the thumbnail to realize a black guy probably owns this car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Increasing fender flare without increasing track = FUN!

      Other than that the rest of it is cool. Wait, did I say cool? I meant horrifying. Yeah, that's the word I was shooting for.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't believe AB didn't put up my post...

      I like this car. MB's in the '70s looked terrible, but this has some well-rounded edges, it's long, it's low, and it's wide. Sure the wheels are terrible, and the rear wheels need to be pushed out more, but that's easy to fix and then you have a very nice looking car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I dig it too- but those aren't the wheels Franco intended.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's ugly by today's standards but if you were a cocaine dealer back in the 70's with one of these, can you imagine how much tail I'd have gotten?
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car fits many drivers:
      Arabian oil sheiks
      Drug Lords
      And balding middle-aged white guys just for starters!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this Csaba the same Csaba Csere that used to be the editor of Car & Driver? There's no way....
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing is begging for some bigger brakes to fill those wheels out lol.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are we to assume the "Buy It Now" price reflects the huge bag of blow thats in the glove box?

      Seriously though I like it if I think back to that era of the late 70's early 80's. Now yes its ugly as sin but for a collector (you know there are people who look for these) this might be a find and a half if restored properly.
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