I’ve had an idea stewing in my mind for some time now to get a beater Mercedes SLC and build a road going Mampe tribute car:

When i say beater, I’m talking about a solid running car in the lower end of the price range and not a salvage operation. The plan is to do as much as I can on my own, rebuild a period correct Mercedes V8 for streetable horsepower without going over the top and update to some modern goodies where it’s appropriate. I’d keep the thing street legal and maybe even keep the back seat so I can take my kids for a ride.

Aesthetically I’d go all in with the flares, wheels, etc., but with the obvious concessions to legalities (indicators would have to be added).

Other than the fact that i really shouldn’t be spending money i don’t have, is this a terrible idea?