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AMG Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.8 Replica Project

In 2006 I started participating in historic racing in South Africa with a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230S Fintail which was great fun. I had a dream to build a replica of the AMG Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.8 'Rote Sau' to race in historic racing, and in late 2010 I managed to find the right car to begin the project.

Cars are my hobby and the one thing that I was adamant about from the start was that this project was going to be fun and not another stress factor, therefore no time line was set for completion and the project would be worked on as time allowed. The result is a project that has taken a number of years, but it has been tremendous fun and I've enjoyed every minute of it.

The project started out to build a presentable race car that could be raced in anger, but over time this has evolved into a high-quality restoration.


Finding a car, sourcing wheel rims and seats, wheel rim modification, fitting seats


Setting the ride height, fitting the roll cage, modifying the wheel arches


Engine out, manual gearbox conversion, front sub-frame rebuild


Engine installation, clutch hydraulics, gear shift mechanism, spot light mountings, radiator modification, diff out


Rear drive train overhaul, brake system upgrade, brake cooling ducting, coolant fan


Shock absorbers, track test, fuel injection overhaul, battery relocation, bonnet straps, brake pedal modification


Weight saving modifications, under-bonnet cooling, fuel tank, battery cut-out switch


Wiring loom overhaul, paint, assembly, decals


Assembly windows, dashboard, door panels, seats, fuel tank, engine components, engine machining


Pedal box modification, engine assembly, clutch slave cylinder, fuel tank, engine and gearbox installation


Propshaft, radiator, fuel tank fitment, engine start


Wheel rims, ant-roll bars, rear suspension mountings


Power Steering Cooler, Rear Brake Pressure Regulator

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