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A V12 has long been available on the top-end 7-series (older 750 models, current 760 models) and 8-series (850 model) cars. They were high-priced machines new, and it follows that they were fairly low production numbers. There is no real demand for those engines used, so whenever one is totalled, you can pick up the engine for peanuts. The long block I started with was only $500! I've also thought about picking up a used Benz V12 for a project, but they seem to retain a lot more value than the BMW units, and are more expensive even out of totaled parts cars. Plus, the aluminum intake manifolds on the M70/M73 are just works of engine art.
Thanks for the compliments, guys. A lot of time, planning, effort, and of course money went into the project. I'm proud of her -- but mostly, I sure enjoy driving her.
First off. Amazing project! Its nice to see some german technology under the hood of that beast rather than the traditional V8 you normally see. I am surprised how cheap a V12 can be had. My first comment to myself was, i wonder how bad he was bent over by the dealer/autowreckors. I figured because of the low production they'd all be gone or hoarded by now. Then again, low production and no demand means you can capitalize! I would be very interested to see the numbers after the headbolts are replaced! Does ARP have a part for that or will they be custom made? Sticking with bolts or going to studs? I read about the issue with the Moroso Pans vaguely. What happened with that, do they just leak all of a sudden or poor baffling?
2003 E55 AMG - Obsidian Black/Black, Eurocharged ECU reflash, 84mm SC pulley, CM30 IC Pump, FTP Heat exchanger, Needswings Dual CAI, Custom exhaust, Forgestar F14's, Lowering links, E63 Spoiler, CF Front lip
2000 BMW M5 - Alpine White/Silverstone Extended Leather/BBS LMs 245.35.19, 285.30.19/Evolve Alpha-N/Tubi Exhaust/AA Intake/Ducts/Dinan Springs - RIP
2001 Yamaha R6 - Yamaha Blue, Yamaha GYT-R Exhaust, Factory Pro +4 Ignition Advance, Factory Pro Jet kit, 03R6 Airbox/Filter, Clear Alternates and fender eliminator, puig windscreen, Yamaha Solo seat, APE CCT
2000 Durango SLT+ - 5.9 V8, 3.92 LSD, 32x11.5 BFG All Terrains, Airaid intake, Hughes F1 Airgap, SCT Tuner, Flowmaster 50 Series, Fully rebuilt 46RE, 2" torsion lift
Glock17 9x19|Vz.58 7.62x39|Mossberg 500