“It Belongs In A Museum”

In previous articles, I’ve owned up to the fact that I don’t know as much about pre-1960s stuff as I probably should, and usually it doesn’t bother me very much. Most of that stuff looks the same to me anyways. The cars are generally kept in one of two conditions: original and slow (boring), or 1996-era Super Chevy’d out with a small-block and tweed and billet everything (lame).

But this time, I wish I had a little more knowledge about the older stuff so I would have had a better idea what this thing was when I saw it. I’m sure “W.T.F. Car Werks” gets a happy every time someone fails to identify their car. And who could blame them? There’s nothing cooler than a car that makes people stop and scratch their heads. I mean, if you’re into that sort of thing, anyways…

When I first saw it, it just looked like some old …something or other. But once I took a peek inside and realized that you drive from the back seat and the entire front seat area is composed of wooden crates, I realized this was more than just a case of someone prying off some emblems, buying a couple cans of paint in various shades of salmon and heading down to the Pavilions on a whim.

To me and my limited knowledge base (as well as my faint- at best- interest level in the types of cars that usually look like this), it resembles a 54-ish Mercedes 220A with the trim rings removed from the headlights, no front bumper, and a bunch of other stuff removed as well. At first glance, I assumed it was an American car, but I quickly realized there must be something German about it, based on the obviously intentional spelling of the word “Werks” on the side of it. Also, that grille kind of gives it away as something foreign, since American cars hadn’t  used grilles like that for probably 20 years at that point.

Bryan summed the car up best when he said it looks like what would happen if someone was forced to build a car using only leftover set pieces from an Indiana Jones movie.

A couple things I do like about the car: I really like the paint scheme on it, as well as the fact that the dash indicates that the car might have a semi-serious powertrain.

I’m not sure about that whole back seat driver thing though. And why the crates? Are they simply there to garner attention, or do they serve some sort of bizarre purpose? It may not make any sense to drive a car that is equal parts rat rod, classic European luxury car, and Steven Spielberg, but it’s definitely something different. And for that, I applaud it.

Do you happen to know what (the fuck) is going on with this car? If so, leave a comment below and fill us in!

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About Mike Ross

I love anything you can drive. But I love it even more if it has a small block Chevy or Ford motor, a turbo, four wheel drive, is a hatchback, or was made in the 80s. My ideal car would be a combination of all of these things, and I’m working on building a time machine so I can go back to the 80’s and convince Chevy and Ford to collaborate on a twin-engine, single turbo 4×4 XR4Ti/Fox Mustang/Third Gen F-body and hide one in a mineshaft for me to recover in brand new condition. Look for a blog post about it just as soon as it happens. Or maybe it already did, and I’ve already posted about it in the future and the internet just needs to catch up with it.

Okay, my head hurts, never mind.

2 thoughts on ““It Belongs In A Museum”

  1. Mike my fathers asked me to pass this message about the mercedes along to you:
    The guy at the flagstaff show is not alone, I have attached photos of me and my car recent shows. Its been on the road now for about 5yrs and on you tube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8w7YgIyxo-Y. If possible could you please try to get me intouch with the other owner. I kept all the wood parts of the interior, has a 383ci under the hood, 350th trans and 9″ 4:11 posi. The back and front are from a mustang, she’s pretty quick. I live in Lake Havasu City and only participate in local shows until I get her painted pearl white with a tan interior. It will be in the 2013 Run to the Sun as a work in progress.

  2. I’m just an old Hot-Rodder and I’m all for Customizing Cars. I have to draw the line at ridiculous. Okay, for health reasons and because of thieves, I don’t do anything with actual Motor vehicles. I don’t even drive anymore. I just build 25 times smaller.
    Several years ago, I had an idea. In hindsight, not a great one.
    No one even tried to put an LS1 in a Datsun 510. Like I said, not a great idea. A Revell 1/25 scale Datsun 510, a Spares Bin LS1 with Trans., a Live Diff with springs and a healthy dose of Curse words, Scratch built Exhaust and my favorite (So-called) Mufflers. Oh yeah! Cherry Bomb Glasspacks. The Dirty Deed was done. It would’ve been easier to build the 510 as a Gasser, but who takes the easy way? The Old Battle Axe picked out the Metallic Pink paint.
    The 510’s engine is in a Revell Ford “Thames” (TEMS) Panel. Another pain in the A**. I had to close the gap in the floor, Firewall and make the Trans/Drive shaft tunnel. I was hoping to finish it with “Lake Havasu City, Arizona DPW London Bridge Inspection” and in the color/s of their Vehicles in 1978 or after. They’ve been less than helpful with any info.
    I guess I’ll just paint it Hunter Green and Cream.
    I’m considering a SBC for an ESCI, early to mid 80’s Mercedes 190E. I’ve already lowered the Front Suspension. I need to lower the Rear.
    I’ve done away with the Box Stock Wheel Covers and replaced them with Black Steel Wheels without Wheels Covers.
    I like the “Sleeper” look.

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