A unique, four decades old Mercedes-Benz 380 SL Roadster, which has been altered beyond recognition, is coming to the auction block in Las Vegas this June. The classic car meets them Barrett-Jackson Event was formerly owned by legendary singer Wayne Newton.
The 1981 SL Roadster is highlighted by the extensive exterior overhaul by Niko-Michael Coachworks, which makes it less box-shaped than its original shape. Upgrades include sleek black paintwork, redesigned headlights, a curved rear profile, additional vents near the front fenders, a smaller black front grille, new bumpers and a new Mercedes logo.
Gold trimmings also adorn the lines of the car, the wheel spokes and the three-pointed star logo. Then the hardtop was modified with a manually retractable mechanism that hides it completely in the trunk when not in use. Due to the limited space in the luggage compartment, however, the spare wheel had to be attached to the top of the luggage compartment lid in a real retro style.
The interior of the car has been left untouched and the leather on the cabin is still in good condition, with the exception of a few small creases on the seat covers due to natural wear and tear. For its drivetrain, the coach kept the original 3.8-liter V8 engine and four-speed automatic transmission from the 1981 SL.
Surprisingly, the 1981 roadster was out of the Wayne Newton Collection only has just under 2,000 miles on the clock. There is also no minimum price for it.