I've been an MB regular for a long time. I'm considering buying a 1992 500E that a local mechanic has. It's got $127k miles on it, the interior is very good, the mechanicals will be very good, it's service history is very good. It's currently getting engine-out timing and harnesses work. The paint is very thin on top, hood, and trunk. Once he's done, it'll be cheap to buy.
Now, I also come from 'the Porsche world', and those guys love to create R versions. They hop up motors, tighten suspensions, enlarge brakes, lighten chassis/body. Make a hot rod of sorts while keeping true to the Porsche ethos. Not for purists, I understand, but not blasphemy either. Improving the car while retaining a modified, factory look.
If funds were unlimited, how could one make a 500R while keeping it very driveable and true to the MB ethos? I wouldn't want a track car, just a greatly improved, semi-crazy weekend driver. Again, money no object.
Thoughts? What would it take specifically, in your opinion? 6-speed manual? Carbon fiber hood/trunk? 14" brakes? Stripping the sound insulation? I'm not saying I'm going to do it, I'm just wondering how crazy and good it could be made while not losing the ability to drive it in 100 degree traffic when I get stuck in it.