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    Clarion Builds teases restomodded Mercedes-Benz SLC


    For the past few years, Clarion Builds has restored some pretty sweet cars. The audio company wanted to build show cars that weren't just fiberglass monstrosities. Yes, the cars serve a marketing purpose, but, as shown with its 1991 Acura NSX, they're also a blast to drive. A teaser for the company's fourth car — a Mercedes-Benz SLC — was revealed last week. The car will make its full debut in April.

    The Mercedes-Benz SLC uses the chassis code C107. It was sold from 1971 until 1981 and was a coupe version of the R107 Mercedes-Benz SL convertible, hence the name SLC. Aside from the SL65 AMG Black Series, the C107 is the only Mercedes coupe based on a convertible and not a sedan. A variety of six and eight-cylinder engines were available. Though we don't know what rests under the hood of this car, eight-cylinders would be a good bet.

    Based on the video, expect the SLC to follow more in line with Clarion Builds' BMW 2002 and 850Ci. That means a relatively stock appearance with an upgraded interior, a warmed-over engine and of course an upgraded stereo. Then again, the team at Clarion could go hog wild and make a modern version of the SLC rally car from the late '70s. Either way, we hope they ditch the terrible U.S.-spec crash bumpers in favor of the clean Euro look.

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