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Mike T 10-23-2014 10:22 AM

G&K smart 450 gasser registry
Hi to all first-generation gasoline powered smart owners!

You may know that I have a list of all Canadian 450 cdis and where they are. The time has now come that I would like to do the same for the 450 gasoline powered cars that were imported to the USA and converted by G&K.

So far I have 50 cars on the list, but that is only about 5% of the total. So I will appeal to you, the US 450 owners, to help. If you could send me a private message with the last 6 digits of your VIN, and some basic information on the car like the body style (Coupé or cabriolet) colours etc, that would be really helpful. Or post that information here if you are OK with that.

My goal is to end up with a list of all 450s that are in Canada and the USA.

Thanks in advance!

Mike T 10-23-2014 10:40 PM

I found 5 more on the web tonight, so it's creeping upwards...

jwight 10-24-2014 03:33 AM

Might want to post on and Facebook as well. :)

Mike T 10-24-2014 07:20 AM

okely dokely

ALSRAC 10-24-2014 07:59 AM

2005 Passion cabriolet, originally was Ruby red, was painted orange now is red with silver tridion had coreline wheels.
Last 6 numbers are: 239965.

Mike T 10-24-2014 11:31 AM

Super, thanks very much!

Incidentally, in Canada a Diesel with that serial number would have been a 2006 model.

My BRABUS diesel is 285108 for the record.

Mike T 10-24-2014 11:58 PM

I have 65 of them close to 6.5% of the total. All help is appreciated.

Mike T 10-25-2014 11:12 PM

Including this one, I have 81 now. However, would this actually be a legitimate G&K conversion, or is it a VIN switcheroo with a regular 450?


There is a photo of a G&K type VIN plate riveted to the instrument panel as in a regular G&K 450 conversion, and the number is WME01MC012H101414.

ALSRAC 10-26-2014 12:00 PM

Hey MIke, do you know exactly how many 450s were imported and converted? The answer I always read is: over a 1,000. Do you have the exact number?

Mike T 10-26-2014 01:09 PM

Ron Gaus told me there were 1026 cars converted by G&K after the ZAP series was done, and that these 1026 cars were mostly 2005 and 2006 models, with a few 2004s and 2007s on either end.

The ZAP cars were also converted by G&K and the best estimate I have seen for those is "around 300". So I guess about 1300 for all of the 450 gasoline engined cars is correct. Most of the "300" early cars were 2001-2003 models, most of which would have had the smaller 599 cc engine.

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