1952 Mercedes with a LS3

1952 Mercedes 170 S with a 6.2 L LS3 V8

This 1952 Mercedes 170 S is owned by Mark Gooden and was built by Samson Design in Marshall, Missouri. The project took four years to complete but was worth the wait. The car took home a Great 8 award at the 2016 Detroit Autorama.

1952 Mercedes 170 S with a 6.2 L LS3 V8

Samson Design wanted to keep the wonderful Mercedes body lines intact so most of the body mods are subtle. To start with the roof was wedge-cut 2 inches and the grill was leaned back 1 inch. Then the fenders were all hand made and molded into the running boards.

1952 Mercedes 170 S with a 6.2 L LS3 V8

The car rides on a custom chassis built by Samson Design. The suspension is a Heidts front and rear independent with QA1 adjustable coilovers.

1952 Mercedes 170 S with a 6.2 L LS3 V8

1952 Mercedes 170 S with a 6.2 L LS3 V8

Probably the most polarizing change is the power plant. The owner decided to go with a 6.2 L LS3 V8. Since there was so little room in the front of the engine bay the engine needed to be moved back 10 inches. This of course required a new firewall and dash be made.

1952 Mercedes 170 S with a 6.2 L LS3 V8

The rest of the drivetrain consists of a Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission connected to a narrowed Chevy 10 bolt rear end.

1952 Mercedes 170 S with a 6.2 L LS3 V8

1952 Mercedes 170 S with a 6.2 L LS3 V8

1952 Mercedes 170 S with a 6.2 L LS3 V8

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