We know why you’re looking at this roadster

There’s just something cool about these reproduction Mercedes-Benz Gazelle cars when everything is done right. It has a vibrant red, beautifully built body, V6 motor, and an overdrive transmission to enjoy longer trips. All of this makes for an attractive roadster at an irresistible price.

A pre-WWII appearance with much more modern reliability – that’s what this one really offers. You’re not out to fool concours judges into thinking this is a real Mercedes. Instead, this is the roadster for those who like getting that appreciative nod in traffic from others that have the same desire for nostalgia that you do. This Gazelle has great classic touches from the flowing fenders to the full-size spare on the rear. The red paint makes this a fun-looking car that looks glossy in the sun and is easy to enjoy. But what makes the full package attractive is the added black. It surrounds the grille, and it’s used for tubular bumpers, fog lights, and running board covers. And then the well-fitting black roof is in place, this has a subtle two-tone style.

There are side curtains that can come with the sale (they will need some fabrication to affix to the body and soft top). But as nice as it is to have that extra, we bet you’re not thinking of ever having the roof up. After all, a car like this was made for open-top driving fun. That’s why the handsome black interior goes so well with the exterior accents. We like how this has a retro-cool look on the front bucket seats with its armchair-like button-top style. The rear seat is done to match, and since it’s more likely to fit luggage than people, it’s nice to see this so well finished when empty. This retro fun even extends to the working AM/FM stereo with 8-track. But as much as this wants to be a car that blends the late 1920 and early 1980s, the driving experience is correctly brought into modern times with upgraded gauges and a TCI floor shifter.

Under the hood is a 4.3-liter GM motor. This V6 has earned a hardy reputation in giving pickups like Chevy’s S-10 the ability to get the job done. And since the parts availability is better and more affordable than any Mercedes you’ll know, this is also great for some weekend tinkering to really unlock the extra power. It already has desirable features like an electric fan and an upgraded distributor. It’s nicely paired with a four-speed automatic transmission for good gearing around town and the benefit of highway-friendly overdrive. Plus, the Mustang II-style independent front suspension offers a nice feel and the front disc brakes give you true confidence on the road.

Price: $19,995

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Location: Lutz, Florida, United States