Posted Jan 19th 2012 8:01AM
There are hundreds of aftermarket tuners out there, but few hold the type of street cred that VeilSide does. Long known for making Japan's greatest sportscars even greater, VeilSide has now turned its attention to the Mercedes-Benz SL.
Not the newest one, mind you, because it's not out yet. Instead, VeilSide has taken to the Tokyo Auto Salon to unveil a conversion kit that turns the outgoing SL into something closer to the top-of-the-line SL65 AMG Black Series.
To do so, VeilSide fitted the SL with a custom body kit that includes new bumpers front and rear, new hood, fenders, side skirts, and spoiler, all crafted from carbon fibre. The result is called the Black Fortune.
The folding roof mechanism present on the stock SL – but removed on the Black Series model – appears to remain in place, so the VeilSide won't encompass the kind of weight savings embodied by the factory special, but with only 300 examples of the kit to be offered at about $30,000 a pop, seeing one on the street should be about as rare a proposition.