The Mercedes-Benz SL-class R107 is one of those cars that apparently wasn’t as attractive to modify as the SEL and SECs back in the 80s. Sure, there were a lot of spoilers and skirts available for it but it never got the attention the way the S-class did. 


Probably one of the more interesting ones is the widebody version done by Koenig-Specials from Munich. Their version changed the somewhat tame looks from the stock SL roadster into a brute monster with a lot of horsepower and over-the-top looks. As with most of the Koenig-Specials body modifications it featured the typical Ferrari Testarossa inspired air slits (which don’t really let any air through though) and extremely wide rear end. This wide rear asked for big 15” BBS rims with tires sized 345/35. Those were the widest available in those days.


As expected from a car that slowly transforms into a Ferrari, and from a tuning-company that specializes in Ferrari upgrades Koenig-Specials also offered a powerupgrade for the R107 500SL: 320 BHP from the 5.0 V8 was possible by adding a Kompressor. 


The interiors in most cars weren’t left untouched as well. TVs, Clarion G80 stereo systems and Recaro seats were fitted. Some were fitted typical type of Koenig upholstery, in Chesterfield-look with buttons and all. 












A beautiful photo showing two Koenig Mercedes, an SL and an SEC accompanying a Porsche 911 Turbo on the Japanese motorway late 1980s, early 1990s.












Text: copyright Bram Corts 2013


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