Mercedes Sedan Blows Away Competition at Radwood Philly

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Rocking a Koenig Specials widebody kit and draped in burgundy paint, this 1987 560SEL is the ultimate 1980s throwback.

The Eighties were a truly magical time in human history. Pastel and spandex clothes flew off the shelves, the music was turbocharged with synthesizers, turbos were the future of performance, and pop culture was at its peak.

The Eighties were also a truly magical time for German tuners Willy and Walter Koenig, whose Koenig Specials brought their racing successes to the street. One of their raddest creations is, of course, their take on the Mercedes-Benz 560SEL, an example of which recently landed at Radwood Philadelphia to take home the title of “Raddest in Show,” and was captured by YouTuber TalonTSi97 Videos.

1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL Koenig Specials

While most Koenig Specials MBs were coupes, this one, owned by Louis Seiden of the Philadelphia suburb of Cinnaminson, New Jersey, is a sedan draped in burgundy paint and wearing a set of 18-inch BBS wheels, the rear set of which are deep enough to take an entire dollar with no problem.

1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL Koenig Specials

This two-owner 560SEL has always arrived in style; according to Bring a Trailer, its original owner “was so anxious to get the car, he arranged a Lufthansa cargo plane to expedite delivery to Philadelphia!”

1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL Koenigs Specials

The 560SEL has MB’s 5.5-liter M117 OHC V8, which made 275 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque in its day, and has logged nearly 48,000 miles since it was first purchased over 30 years ago. The engine, per Bring a Trailer, remains unchanged.

1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL Koenig Specials

There’s no doubt this Koenig Specials 560SEL is worthy of its Radwood Philly trophy; it’s also thrown-down against a wide assortment of imports and domestics at the 2015 Philadelphia Auto Show Face-Off. This is one rad Mercedes we wouldn’t mind taking back in time to the neon-soaked 1980s.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive expert is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

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