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Holy Crap, There’s A Koenig Specials Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC At The Los Angeles Auto Show

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Koenig Specials 500 SEC, a German tuner car legend, stashed away in the basement. The basement! Why is this thing in the basement? Someone kick the Chevrolet Malibu off of one of the main floors and get this white-painted, widebodied dose of nosetalgia up front ASAP. Now, we at The Autopian usually don’t like running simple “look at this car” posts, but this is a freakin’ Koenig Special. Forget the Pagani in the lobby, this thing matters.

Koenig Specials isn’t the craziest company to ever have its way with Merc’s big ’80s coupe (SGS Gullwing, anyone?), but its craziness has been spread over everything from Porsches to Ferraris. We’re talking about 1,000-horsepower Testarossas, and a road-legal variant of the Porsche 962. Needless to say, Willy König had wild visions, and a strong ’80s economy from stockbroking to the, um, import/export industry left people flush with cash and craving bonkers tuner specials.

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For those seeking full-size Mercedes comfort, Koenig indulged in the insanity of putting Testarossa strakes on a C126. Imagine if someone grafted Ford GT-style flying buttresses onto a BMW 8 Series. Actually, I don’t want to see that, but the strakes on this Sonderklasse coupe just work. This whole car’s just the right kind of mad, an artifact from an era vilified, glamorized, idolized, and above all else, powdered.

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The crazy part? You can still buy most of the stuff to make your own C126 Koenig Special today. The company still exists, and if you have €8,950 burning a hole in your pocket, you can order a brand new body kit. Oh, and although there’s no absurd twin-turbo setup, you can totally get a supercharger kit that boosts output to 400 horsepower.

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Sadly, these wicked five-spoke multipiece wheels with blingtacular gold hardware aren’t available anymore, and that’s a damn shame. Gold hardware and tasteful step lips always go hard, and tasteful five-spoke faces are absolute classics. Plus, just look at the dish these things have. Who doesn’t like a bit of dish on an ’80s car?

Koenig Specials 500 SEC

Affirmation that these wild big body Benzes are out here warms my heart because custom big coupes are money, have always been money, and should always be money. I don’t care what SUV you’re driving, be it a Cullinan or a Purosangue or what have you, it just doesn’t hit like a Brooklands Coupe, or an 812 Superfast, or a Koenig Specials 500 SEC. This one doesn’t look to be for sale, but by all means, build your own. The world will be a better place once you do.

(Photo credits: Thomas Hundal)

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MAX FRESH OFF
MAX FRESH OFF
6 months ago

“I’ve got a thing for the big-body Benzes, it dulls my senses”

JAY-Z, Allure

Mr E
Mr E
6 months ago

Sorry I couldn’t respond sooner. I did a weekend stint in rehab after gazing upon the photos of that Merc.

Holy Miami Vice, Batman!

Vetatur Fumare
Vetatur Fumare
6 months ago

This is almost as exciting as the fact that the “delete all” comment notification just started working! In the nick of time, too, as that German lighting site is evaporating in front of our eyes.

Joe The Drummer
Joe The Drummer
6 months ago
Motorhead Mike
Motorhead Mike
6 months ago

Like cocaine, if you threw me the keys, I would probably drive it, and enjoy the hell out of it… and regret in the next morning.

On a more serious note, every time I see a 500/560 SEC, I wish BMW would have made an E38 coupe. I know that the 8-series was supposed to be that, and the SWB approaches it, but, but a proper E38 coupe would have been nice.

Opa Carriker
Opa Carriker
6 months ago

Tell me more about that wicked 911 next to the Merc.

Bracq P
Bracq P
6 months ago

Browsing their website;
I like the BBS wheels with racing slicks for the 3×8 series under special deals.

Wagen Volk
Wagen Volk
6 months ago

Just horrible how the rear numberplate is placed piercing through the horizontal heckblende.

Vanillasludge
Vanillasludge
6 months ago

Secondary point: Some people have crazy stuff in their basement.

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
6 months ago

+100 for the homage to that beautiful car, but I must object.

> Sadly, these wicked five-spoke multipiece wheels with blingtacular gold hardware aren’t available anymore, and that’s a damn shame. Gold hardware and tasteful step lips always go hard

Those were tacky and ugly then, and they haven’t aged well at all. Gold anything does not belong on a MB.

Morgan van Humbeck
Morgan van Humbeck
6 months ago

Agreed. It’s the one thing that lets the car down

Is Travis
Is Travis
6 months ago

That widebody to dumpster ass looks not so good, but man that looks like a fun thing to toss around.

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
6 months ago
Reply to  Is Travis

Are we talking about cars?

StillNotATony
StillNotATony
6 months ago

Yeah, you know why it’s in the basement?

So a passing drug dog working security doesn’t get a hit on the residual 80’s-ness of it, if you know what I mean, and I think you do!

Squirrelmaster
Squirrelmaster
6 months ago

I remember seeing one of these when they were new at one of those “It’s a parade AND a car show” events that used to be popular before Cars & Coffee came along. It was wild to see, but at the same time didn’t look great compared to the cars the body kit was aping the design from. The width looked freaking crazy from behind, though.

Andrew Wyman
Andrew Wyman
6 months ago

Ahh the 80’s. I love how each era has it’s vehicles of excess, and they all differ.

Andrea Petersen
Andrea Petersen
6 months ago

Ngl, I would flip if this pulled up to the shop, but my Mercedes tech was mildly nauseated by it and he’s used to every 80s Merc under the sun

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
6 months ago

Wait, GM is exhibiting a Malibu??

What’s the point of showing that off, I mean now?

Edit: did GM get the rights to Toyota’s “it’s a car!” tagline, wants to use it while it can?

Last edited 6 months ago by Jack Trade
StillNotATony
StillNotATony
6 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

There WERE cool Malibus back in the 60’s. They weren’t all 90’s and 00’s dorkmobilea.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
6 months ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

True, but wouldn’t bringing an old SS make things even worse, reminding people they’re not doing that ever again.

I just wonder why Chevy would bother with a car on I think its final year (I’m still shocked that it’s still being made as it is).

Last edited 6 months ago by Jack Trade
LTDScott
LTDScott
6 months ago

If you’re fascinated with these and other Euro “Tuner” luxury cars from the era, you will waste hours on this site. You’re welcome.

https://www.1000sel.com/

CSRoad
CSRoad
6 months ago
Reply to  LTDScott

Damn you all to heck!
I mean thanks. (-;

Sensual Bugling Elk
Sensual Bugling Elk
6 months ago
Reply to  CSRoad

*Damn you all to heckblende

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
6 months ago
Reply to  LTDScott
TOSSABL
TOSSABL
6 months ago

Holy….
I mean, we joke about cocaine-fueled builds, but you can absolutely see it in this one! Under the presumably heavy influence, they just couldn’t stop adding crap: the wide ass wasn’t enough—had to slap a wing on. But, no; still not enough…tack on a wing up top too. Still not weird enough; make the front protrude oddly….

Neomancer Nz
Neomancer Nz
6 months ago
Reply to  TOSSABL

Jesus. The seat inserts are red to disguise the noise bleeds I assume?

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
6 months ago
Reply to  TOSSABL

The emblem on the trunk lid is crooked.

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