PROJECT 107: Mechatronik Reinvents the SLC

Mechatronik Channels the MAMPE SLC

Within the realm of re-imagined Mercedes-Benz classics, Mechatronik is the undisputed king. While the Pleidelsheim firm specializes in the perfect and correct restoration of MB classics, it is also renowned for tackling the deeply technical puzzle of seamlessly integrating modern drive-trains into some of our favorite classic MB icons.

Think 280SL Pagodas with perfectly integrated late model V6 Mercedes power-trains, ABS and power windows. Or their 280SE 3.5 M-Coupe with most of the drive-train from a 1997 SL500. All superb cars with amazing dynamics. Modifying the iconic 111 coupes/cabrios or the enduring Pagoda entirely makes sense. It’s the safe route to achieve some demand for these breathtakingly expensive resto-mods. Choosing the somewhat unloved SLC would seem…well, risky.

There is definitely an SLC hiding underneath the camo treatment. I see standard AMG alloys up front and unique multi-spoke alloys in back. Looking carefully we see vestiges of euro style bumpers front and rear and deep rocker extensions balancing the deep front valance. The rear quarter panels have been extended as well. The morphed SLC shape concludes with an upright tail spoiler.

Honoring the MAMPE SLC

I wrote an article ten years ago about the MAMPE SLC that AMG (Mechatronik founder Frank Rickert apprenticed there) built for the 1978 German Touring Car season. Counter intuitive it certainly was but the team managed an outright win at the Nurburgring in 1980 with the heavy MAMPE sponsored car. Why not embody the spirit of that noble experiment in a new re-engineered SLC? Welcome to the PROJECT 107.

Mechtronik is teasing us with these gorgeous images of their PROJECT 107 SLC prototype on test in Europe complete with the obligatory massive power slide shots. According to the news release, this car opens a new phase for the firm’s New-Tech department.

When you think about the available AMG drivetrains that could be adapted to an SLC platform, the final result here will undoubtedly be spectacular. How about grafting the entire drivetrain from a 2003 E55 underneath an SLC shell with bespoke carbon fiber fenders and hood? We can’t wait for the final product.

The massive flared rear wheel arches are evident here as is the widened rear track and aggressive wheel and tire combination. Center exhaust hints at a reconfigured spare tire well area. Maybe a diffuser of some sort hiding there?

roy spencer/editor

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