The 1982 Mercedes-Benz 450 SL Trans-Am Racer Is up for Auction

This once shared the track with Paul Newman.

Automotive
5,248 Hypes 4 Comments

A Michelob-sponsored Mercedes-Benz 1982 450 SL Trans-Am racer has appeared at the MECUM auction house for its January sale in Kissimmee, Florida.

The Trans-Am Series is a sports car racing series that was founded by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) in 1966. Cars featured in the race are modified passenger sedans, Coupés, and GT-style racecars which compete on all types of permanent, street, and airport circuits primarily across North America. The Trans-Am racing competitions were a way for carmakers at the time to compete with and display their vehicles which resembled their production models.

The Trans-Am Mercedes SL was operated by Loren St. Lawrence during the Trans-Am 1982 season in which he shared the gride with infamous racer and actor Paul Newman. While this SL did not win any accolades, the car remains highly collectible due to its unique build, place in history, brand, and good looks. The racecar is fitted with a purpose-built tube-frame chassis and a deafening 4.5-liter V8 engine which was destroked to 4.5L to meet Trans-Am specs. The interiors were gutted to just the essentials, holding a bucket seat, roll cage, chunky steering wheel, gauges, and a giant Hurst shifter on the inside, while the exteriors display a black fiberglass widebody kit with modular bronze-tinted BBS wheels and Goodyear Eagle tires. The original paint and hand-lettering remain on the car and a recent service job ensures the vehicle is fully operational.

The 1982 Mercedes-Benz SL Trans-Am will be available at the MECUM Kissimmee 2022 auction held from January 6 to 16.

In other automotive news, for $49,500 USD, you can turn your (future) Tesla Cybertruck into a camper.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

RM Sotheby's Auctions 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing
Automotive

RM Sotheby's Auctions 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing

A rare survivor expected to go for as much as $9 million USD at auction.

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Its Flagship EQS Electric SUV
Automotive

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Its Flagship EQS Electric SUV

Offered in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options.

The Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series Is One of the Finest V12 Supercars Ever Made
Automotive

The Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series Is One of the Finest V12 Supercars Ever Made

And this pristine example could be yours for at least $350,000 USD.


Open Road: Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500
Automotive

Open Road: Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500

The undisputed king of sophistication has redefined the pinnacle of luxury and tech.

Players are Already Cheating With Aimbot and Wallhack on 'Halo Infinite'
Gaming

Players are Already Cheating With Aimbot and Wallhack on 'Halo Infinite'

The game launched a week ago.

Autry Is the '80s U.S. Tennis Sneaker Brand That's Making a Comeback
Footwear

Autry Is the '80s U.S. Tennis Sneaker Brand That's Making a Comeback

Presenting the Medalist and Dallas for Fall/Winter 2021.

Renault's AIR4 Is a Flying Car for the Not-so-Far Away Future
Automotive

Renault's AIR4 Is a Flying Car for the Not-so-Far Away Future

Teaming up with TheArsenale to create this carbon fiber 4L-inspired machine.

Crep Protect Links With DJ Khaled For Limited-Edition Ultimate Box
Footwear

Crep Protect Links With DJ Khaled For Limited-Edition Ultimate Box

Featuring the Cure Kit, Suede Eraser, Sneaker Pills and more.

TECHART Promotes Safe Tuning With POLIZEI-Themed Porsche 911 Targa 4
Automotive

TECHART Promotes Safe Tuning With POLIZEI-Themed Porsche 911 Targa 4

Working in conjunction with the TUNE IT! SAFE! initiative.


Balmain’s Latest Sneaker Drop is a Collaboration with Dogpound Gyms
Footwear

Balmain’s Latest Sneaker Drop is a Collaboration with Dogpound Gyms

The much-hyped workout space shares a “common outlook” with the brand’s BBold sneaker.

Best New Tracks: The Weeknd, Ghostface Killah x Raekwon and More
Music 

Best New Tracks: The Weeknd, Ghostface Killah x Raekwon and More

Enjoy the long weekend with these music projects.

Everything Dropping at HBX Archives This Week
Fashion

Everything Dropping at HBX Archives This Week

From the YEEZY BOOST 750 to a Hèrmes coat, a CELINE vest, Versace coats, and even a ping-pong set from BAPE.

Pharrell's adidas Humanrace Sičhona "Yellow" Drops Today
Footwear

Pharrell's adidas Humanrace Sičhona "Yellow" Drops Today

Get on adidas CONFIRMED quick.

Treat Yourself This Holiday Season to NZXT's Foundation PC
Tech

Treat Yourself This Holiday Season to NZXT's Foundation PC

A no-nonsense gaming computer at an accessible price range.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.