When show cars fall off the circuit, where do they go? While some are parted out down to the shell and some are consigned to the crusher, some are simply doing duty as used cars, hidden gems from a scene time forgot made ordinary. Case in point? This very turquoise Mercedes-Benz ML350.
This brightly-colored W164 ML350 comes to us from user dogapult, who graciously catapulted this candy-painted Benz into our Discord. It’s up for sale on Facebook Marketplace in Gibraltar, Michigan for the low, low price of $2,000, which seems worthwhile if you’re a fan of the looks. Obviously, a bright turquoise Mercedes-Benz SUV isn’t for everyone, but that’s where the appeal lies. It’s highly individualistic, made for enjoyment rather than resale value. Still, that doesn’t tell the whole story — at one point, this thing had 30-inch Forgiatos on it, as you can see in this 2015 video:
Reportedly built by Sarcazm in Lauderhill, Fla., this ML350 was once the peak of show car creativity, an all-out dripfest of speakers, monitors, wheels, and paint. It was featured in Rides magazine, attended DUB shows, and turned heads everywhere it went. Taking a slightly deeper look, candy turquoise paint gives way to a stunning turquoise leather and light grey suede interior that really needs to be seen to be appreciated. Even the carpets have been dyed turquoise. So much craftsmanship and time went into this interior at one point that the current asking price may just cover two reupholstered seats. Like I said, it’s a bargain.
Looking past the upholstery, I can’t help but notice the massive speakers and seemingly-ported speaker enclosures in the door, an artifact from a very different time. In car entertainment doesn’t feel as big as it used to, which is a shame because there’s a perverse joy in having the power of a presidential inauguration PA system in your trunk.
While the excessive Forgiato wheels have since been lost to history, the mesh grillework and custom front plate remain, as does the unusual turquoise interior trim. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with the tray in the center console, other than that it has bills printed on it, but that’s just the style of the time. Regardless, it looks like a rather convenient place to stick a modern tablet and run Waze, so consider it as fashionable as it is functional.
I’m not saying that someone needs to buy this and put $50,000 in wheels back on it, but a cheap set of used 20-inch chrome wheels would really amp up the Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition vibes. Just because show cars aren’t quite as cutting-edge as they used to be doesn’t mean they have to be just another used car, or something consigned to the crusher. Whether or not you enjoy this style, it’s impossible to argue that this car isn’t a piece of history. Whenever aughts nostalgia kicks into high gear and period-correct shows start popping up all over the country, this thing is ready to be a star once again.
(Photo credits: Facebook Marketplace seller, S Johnson Photos)
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