Make no mistake, this Mercedes-Benz 190E 'Evolution' took five years to build by fabrication and roll cage specialist . But I guess we can all agree that this combination of a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E and a 2010 C63 AMG was well worth the trouble.
Five years ago, Piper Motorsport had about their idea:
We're installing a mid 80's 190E body on a late model C63 AMG. The 190E will feature the engine, transmission, entire driveline, suspension, brakes, fire wall, dash, electronics and even the floor pan from the C63 AMG.
Did you say "oh, that's easy?" You're absolutely right!
I mean, all Piper Motorsport had to do was strip both cars completely, shorten the C63 AMG's chassis by 3.75 inches to match the 190E's wheelbase using lasers, trim a bunch of structural components to make the merging possible, cut off, then re-enforce the rockers, weld everything in place, integrate an almost completely hidden roll cage, modify the C63 dash to fit the 190E body, wire up everything again, tune the KW Variant 3 coilovers, move the front suspension points inward 20mm on each side, while raising the shock towers, pick the correct wheels from HRE, fabricate custom hinges for the hood, radiator brackets and grille bracing, build a new brake reservoir, as well as an exhaust system with a Borla race muffler, modify the doors and latches for the C63's door locking mechanism, paint the thing, fit the modified lights, add the flares, replace the ultra-rare EVO 2 wing with an ultra-rare EVO 1 wing, complete the interior, and make sure this thing drives as good as it looks.
A walk in the park. And thanks to Piper Motorsport's crazy customer and the work they put into this project, now there's an 190E Evo replica out there, powered by a a 6.2 V8 instead of a four-cylinder with a Cosworth head. It had to be black.