Low and Slow
I have to admit that seeing a 6.9 or a 600 sitting on its belly subconsciously reminds me of the low rider movement. According to Wikipedia, a low rider as an automobile or other vehicle modified so that its ground clearance is less than its design specification.
Sounds entirely logical. But what’s it called when the vehicle modifies itself with a complete suspension failure? An unintended low rider?
While I may subconsciously think low rider when I see a dead 600 or 6.9, my conscious brain clearly says correcting this low rider is going to cost enormous money! But there is a growing movement to lower classic Mercedes either by ‘bagging’ them or severely lowering them and joining the scene typically dominated by ’60s American and ’80s/’90s and newer Japanese iron.
And so Mercedes has become part of this creative scene. From fintails to 124 wagons, affordable Mercedes’ are being cleverly modified and are joining the more traditional ’63 Chevy convertibles and 47 Chevy sedans on parade.
How about a factory effort for SEMA? Maybe begin with a Maybach LWB…
Roy Spencer editor MercedesHeritage.com
Photography from MercedesHeritage.com, Precise Perspective, LongVehicle, JC Photography UK, Ultimate Stance.
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