1982 Mercedes-Benz SL Trans Am Race Car

The Mercedes SL had lost its racing roots by the 1970s, but DeAtley Motorsport had a different idea for the American Trans Am racing series. Rules allowed for custom tube frames, and DeAtley constructed a bespoke chassis, wrapping it in widebody fiberglass SL bodywork. In order to meet regulations, the five-liter V8 was de-stroked to a legal 4.5-liter displacement and the original Bosch fuel injection swapped with dual Holley four-barrel carbs. Inside is the spartan interior expected from a true race car, with roll cage, instrumentation, and switchgear. The car was driven by Loren St. Lawrence in 1982, and while the car wasn't a winner, it's one of the most unique examples of Trans Am racing.

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