The SEMA auto show was recently held in Las Vegas and featured a large collection of some of the most currently impressive modified vehicles ready to show off to the automotive industry. As SEMA is know and states, they are
“…the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries for unlimited profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, powersports, and RV markets. The 2016 SEMA Show drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers…”
It is no surprise that many unique and quality Mercedes-Benz vehicles from top custom shops around the world come to Las Vegas to visit and take part in the automotive fun. This year at SEMA Samson Design from Missouri, and painted by Axalta, was a 1952 Mercedes-Benz 170S.
The 1952 Mercedes-Benz 170S was originally produced in Europe, as this car was first purchased by an American in the Army that was stationed in Germany. Having returned to the US with the vehicle, he then drove it to Missouri and the car was then purchased by a California owner. The car was maintained by not fully restored and then the owner decided to send the Mercedes-Benz back to Missouri to Samson Designs and have it turned into a hot rod.
Since the car had a very European feel, originally being purchased in Germany, it still maintained a very classic and stylish look. The windshield was actually condensed to maintain a lot of the classic lines of the originally Mercedes-Benz design while still giving it a more sleek feeling for a powerful car. The front fenders were also lifted to deal with weight distribution as well as also enhance the sleek style with the classic Mercedes-Benz design.
The interior color was chosen with a mocha tone to contrast the dark warm brown exterior. The exterior is an original Mercedes-Benz color called Mystic Brown. The interior design focused on the stitching and textures and shapes of classic Mercedes-Benz of the 1930’s. These designs were used to influence the interior, focusing on high visibility stitching to have it stand out. The interior was designed to look as closely as possible to a stock Mercedes-Benz interior, wanting to maintain the classic style of the european Mercedes-Benz.