It may sound odd, but back in the late 1980s, one of the top muscle cars that you could buy was actually a Mercedes-Benz. The brand usually associated with luxury produced only 50 examples of the 560 SEC 6.0 “Wide Body” Coupe, making the car extremely rare. Russo and Steele collector car auction featured one of these rare cars.
The 560 SEC had only 32,000 miles on the odometer, but that didn’t stop Bespoke Motors out of southern California from performing a complete restoration from the ground up. The project included a one-off Wide Body body kit being recreated in carbon fiber. They also added on AMG-replica front and rear lower fascias and spoilers—which were also made out of carbon fiber—as well as carbon fiber rocker panels. Bespoke Motors also reproduced AMG’s super-wide polished monobloc alloy wheels for the build. Then the car was blacked out, including all the chrome.
Inside, the car was done to period-correct specs. The Recaro bucket seats were trimmed in red hand-stitched leather, and exotic “Gray Zebra” wood veneer was sourced for the door panels and dash. The car also got a new coil-over suspension as well as bigger brakes in the front and rear. The high-flow exhaust was a custom job done in stainless steel. Under the hood, the stock 5.5-liter V8.
The 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC Wide Body Coupe holds a special place in automotive history. A rare car to begin with, it was made even more special by the fact that it came from an unexpected source. But as they do with all their projects, Mercedes-Benz showed that they when they set out to do something, they’re going to do it right. They definitely got it right when it came to making a muscle car like the 560 SEC Wide Body.