1960 Caddy Fins on a 1994 Merc? What Could Go Wrong?

Ever think that it would be great to have a car with the reliability and luxury of a 1990s Mercedes-Benz with the style of a 1960s Cadillac? Well, apparently you’re not the only one, except that instead of style, this one’s more of an abomination. An affront to what is normally considered good taste. Then again, who are we to judge?

It started out as a 1994 320 SL, the R129 generation that Merc built from 1989 until 2002. While you could get this car with a choice of V8s, AMG V8s, and even V12s, this one has….the 3.2L I6 with 228 hp.

The seller, who has listed this one on Craigslist in Portland, OR, says that the fins are from a 1960 Cadillac. they, along with the taillights, appear to have been grafted onto the German sheet metal from a 1960 Fleetwood. Then the car was repainted with what looks like a period-correct pale yellow for the top and a standard 1990s Mercedes-Benz pewter on the bottom. It’s a mashup of colors as odd as the metalwork.

A plaque on the car says it was done by Sloan’s Paint and Body in Portland, which doesn’t have much of an online presence, but does show up on Streetview as adjoining a café of the same name with a very custom semi-truck cab poking out of the wall of the building.

It’s more than just fins, there’s a Continental kit spare tire, or more likely a faux spare, but the original Mercedes wing is still mounted, not painted to match. Chrome pieces on the doors, uh, echo (?) the Cadillac it’s trying to emulate. For good measure, there’s a big stick-on hood scoop and wheels that look to be from a more modern front-drive Cadillac.

You can say a lot about this car, but the one thing we’ll say is that we can’t stop looking at it. Which is why we’re sharing it with you. Please feel free to add to our list of adjectives talking about this one in the comments below.

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