Here in the Bottom Feeder section we showcase a potentially cool old vehicle found on Craigslist that someone should fix up or restore with an ideal parts donor vehicle for the build and a few suggestions on what work or mods would really make the difference. If you see something you like, you better act fast. Craigslist cars come and go in a moments notice!

This month’s Bottom Feeder has dug up these two vehicles that we think need each other:

I normally stay away from imports, especially German ones, for the Bottom-Feeder segment because of more expensive and harder to find parts, but the Mercedes-Benz SEC is my favorite Benz body style of all time and you don’t usually find them this cheap unless they are smashed, like this months parts donor.


Restoration vehicle: 1982 Mercedes Benz SEC with motor problems for $600 with a clean title:

And this parts car: 1988 Mercedes Benz 560 SEL, wrecked with good drivetrain for $500:


The SEC was the coupe version of the W126 sedan built from 1979 to 1992 and was known as the C126. SEC stands for S-Klasse-Einspritzmotor-Coupé in German, or S-class, fuel injected engine, coupe, in English. The S-class has always been Mercedes’ flagship prestige luxury sedan and no sacrifices were made when creating this gorgeous 2 door coupe from the sedan platform. This car has classic hardtop coupe lines with a long hood, shorter trunk, and pillar-less windows. It’s a very sophisticated Stuttgart muscle car!1982-benz-sec

This specimen needs some doctoring in the motor department and this fuel-injected 5.6L V8  from the  wrecked 1988 SL is just the right prescription for it’s sickness:


The motor swap should have a minimal amount of complications since the 5.6L was an option on the SEC. The 2 cars are only 6 years apart and there were no revolutionary changes in the years in-between.

For this build, to go along with the big motor upgrade, I would get a set of black 5 spoke 18″ rims with  brushed aluminum lip, put a 1000 watt stereo in it, tint the windows very dark, and shoot for an AMG look. I love big touring cars and this is one of the finest ever!

Keep building!

See you on the road!


pictures from original craigslist post.