Project Car Hell: Mercedes-Benz 6.9 or Peugeot Mi16?

As everyone predicted, the Triumph GT6 obliterated the Porsche 914 in yesterday's Choose Your Eternity poll. British Leyland versus VW? We've been gearing up to have an epic Britain-versus-France PCH Superpower Showdown ever since a Lotus knocked the crown off top dog Italy's dome, but it's only fair to give PCH SuperBeaucoupPower France a warmup round against Germany, just as the Brits got. Thus, we have today's matchup, courtesy of PCH Tipster (and T-shirt winner) Anaxomander.


We saw a Hell Project Mercedes-Benz 6.9 just a couple weeks back, but when you run across a JFG car for just $1,500... well, you know it's PCH material. This 1978 Mercedes-Benz 6.9 (go here if the ad disappears) is such a car. Just a grand-and-a-half? How can you go wrong here? This car's Craigslist ad features one of our all-time favorite descriptive lines: "Has mysterious problem." Just ponder that one for a moment; is there any problem that such a fiendishly complex machine might have that isn't mysterious? In this case, the transmission is kaput... but don't worry, because the seller has found one that you can get for just $450 (which, via some logical leap we can't quite follow, is described as being "comparable to finding a gold bar." The paint looks bad, the interior looks good, and it's cheaper than most 15-year-old Sentras!

That "Mysterious Problem" statement about the 6.9 was PCH Gold, but our next entrant may have managed to top it. How would you feel about a car that "Had been owned by Jacque Abot foremost French car mechanic in northern
California but unfortunatly the timing belt has broken and bent two valves"? That's right, folks, even the best French car mechanic in the region gave up on this 1989 Peugeot 405 Mi16! (Go here if the ad disappears) He probably ran away screaming! However, the seller knows of another sucker mechanic who is willing to push the rock up the hill a few times and try to get that powerful-but-hopeless 16-valve engine running again for just $1,000. But the news isn't all bad, because this rare machine (sold just two years before Peugeot gave up on North America) "Has new suspension, springs, ignition switch, wheel bearing and battery."

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