Low and Slow
Slammed MBs

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.


Our recently sorted 1967 600 SWB was initially found resting in a pose sure to warm any low rider's heart. It was an unintended low rider. For me it simply meant financial punishment and delays in completing the car! Looks kind of cool though.

Slam it

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…


108s lend themselves well to a strong dose of lowering. And their spacious wheel wells can accommodate some large wheel/tire combinations.

The stylistically upright 114/115s lend themselves well to the movement. Add matte colors and white walls and the effect is complete.

Is this a 6.9 with dead suspension? No it's a short wheelbase car and likely 'bagged'.

124's are also interesting candidates for a serious lowering. This wagon looks pretty cool. Tire clearance? Virtually non-existent. That's why it's call the low AND slow scene..

Roy Spencer editor
Photography from, Precise Perspective, LongVehicle, JC Photography UK, Ultimate Stance.


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2 Responses to “Slammed”

  1. Nice write-up. I’m one of the younger guys with a bagged w108 280se.

    I bought my ’68 280se in California in 2010 and quickly set about adding air suspension. I found it very difficult to find any information on the systems and best way to do it.

    I worked with a hotrod shop in San Diego and in 2011 it was on air suspension. Has been working flawlessly since. It looks great slammed and rides like a dream raised up – what more could you want!

    I recently had my car featured in Mercedes Enthusiast March 2016 Issue, the Anthracite Grey w108 on Accuair Suspension

    To think now I go to car shows and see other bagged benzes… great to see the movement take hold

  2. by Roy Spencer on June 16th, 2016 9:49 am

    Good for you! Sounds like a cool car. Can you send some images to me?

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