Word of the Day: Styling Garage

Photography Courtesy 1000SEL.com

The name almost sounds Japanese, but it’s German. Styling Garage gave the world the 1000SGS sedan–said to be twice as good as the Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL that it was based upon. 

A 1000SGS could feature things like custom paint, custom interior, custom bumpers, custom wheels, custom stereos, custom retro nose treatments and more. From 1000SEL.com: “Usually a full-option Mercedes-Benz 500SEL (W126) was used as a starting point and then all the options could be added. The customer could basically order whatever he wanted, even options that weren't on the list, as long as bills were paid. Styling-Garage made most of the 1000SGS conversions prior to their first bankruptcy in 1986. How many were made is unknown.”

What is known, though: Gullwing doors (almost) never go out of style. 

 

 

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Campbelljj
Campbelljj New Reader
1/15/20 5:32 p.m.

Good grief. I remember these from the "day".  They were horrible then and as "horrible" today.   Conspicuous consumption at it's worst.  

irish44j
irish44j MegaDork
1/15/20 5:53 p.m.

It's actually impressive how seemingly everything they made was hideous. You'd think every once in a while they'd have accidentally made something that looks cool.....

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
1/15/20 6:01 p.m.

Take a $70,000 car, then make it worth $20,000 by spending an additional 10 grand.

Cotton
Cotton PowerDork
1/15/20 6:12 p.m.

I want one of those SEC gullwings.  I missed out on one 8-10 years ago and haven't seen one actively for sale since.

BlindPirate
BlindPirate Reader
1/15/20 6:16 p.m.

I love these Words of the Day. Even with these nasty looking things.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/15/20 6:39 p.m.
BlindPirate said:

I love these Words of the Day. Even with these nasty looking things.

Thank you. Another one to come tomorrow.

Robbie
Robbie MegaDork
1/15/20 10:05 p.m.

I want a sunroof and gullwings.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/15/20 10:06 p.m.

In reply to Robbie :

How about a convertible top and gullwings? 

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
1/16/20 5:28 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:

In reply to Robbie :

How about a convertible top and gullwings? 

I was actually contemplating it on my Miata after you posted this David. I think it could be possible, but I certainly don't have the ambition to do it!

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
1/16/20 8:04 p.m.

Not suprised at the responses. Half think they are hideous.  The other would gladly have one in the garage.

Ransom
Ransom UltimaDork
1/16/20 8:15 p.m.

How about a gullwing four-door?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/16/20 9:38 p.m.

In reply to Appleseed :

Some of us lived through the ’80s, some of us read about them on Wikipedia. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/16/20 9:39 p.m.

And next week's are just about finished. I need to button up the last one and then organize photos. 

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