1929 Mercedes-Benz Gazelle Replica
- Location: Springfield, Virginia, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Mercedes-Benz
- Model: Gazelle
- SubModel: Replica
- Type: Convertible
- Trim: SSK
- Year: 1929
- Mileage: 45,600
- VIN: B4000
- Color: Beige
- Engine size: 2.3L
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Tan
- Vehicle Title: Clear
1929 Mercedes-Benz Gazelle Replica description
Someone is going to get a sweet deal.Over $6,000 in upgrades and latest maintenance.
Although it's titled as a Mercedes-Benz, this neat little Gazelle is a bit more affordable and probably every bit as much fun to drive. Famously constructed from kits, they were a pretty successful way for the enterprising hobbyist to give himself something to do on weekends and end up with one of the better-proportioned replicas of the period. And it's still a blast to drive! VIN B4000
Based on humble Ford 2.3L engine and mechanicals, the Gazelle is the antidote to the more familiar inexpensive British and Italian sports cars of the period. It offers neo-classic styling, and with rear-wheel-drive and a featherweight curb weight, it is entertaining on the road. This one was built in 1981 and shows quite well, as it's only has been driven about 45,600 miles. Fit and finish are remarkably good, with even door gaps, a snug-fitting trunk lid, and glossy paint that is familiar to anyone who has driven, built, or even seen another Gazelle. This one is highlighted by pinstripes, which accent the long hood and sweeping fenders. Other details like the chrome grille, rubber running boards, and exposed side pipes are all part of the vintage illusion.
There's a matching rear seat that's probably best reserved for children or your briefcase, and a luxurious wood-rimmed wheel gives it an appropriate upscale feel. Yes, there's some wear and tear, but overall everything is in good order. The custom-made wooden dashboard carries white-faced gauges that are reminiscent of the 1920's. The snap on hood is ready for a sudden rain shower.
There's a narrow trunk out back, big enough for a few tools and supplies, and it, too, is nicely upholstered with matching tan carpets. The rack on the back is ready for your picnic basket. Options include Trumpet horns, front badge bar presenting three badges (Germany, Mercedes Benz, and America), rearview mirror, yellow fog lamps, and front lap belts! Gauges: Gas gauge works, temp works, oil works, amp works, the original tach is not working.
Basing the Gazelle on the Ford was a smart move. Everyone else was using VW Beetles, but the ever-reliable Ford was a sturdy, well built, rear-wheel-drive chassis that delivers decent performance. Built on a heavy-duty tubular frame with 98" wheelbase, and weighing in at just 2200 lbs., these sporty roadsters offer an exciting ride, and surprising spacious cabin! Parts are plentiful and it's easy to service, with good access under the tilting hood. A 4-speed manual transmission makes it easy and fun to drive and you'll quickly find that it starts when you turn the key and zips through traffic with ease. The wire wheels really dress it up and carry 205/75/R14 whitewall radials all around. I have the receipts for all the work that has been done on this car. Over $6,000 in upgrades and latest maintenance. Receipts and cover will come with car.