In the late eighties, the Mercedes 560 SEC was one of the most exclusive and expensive cars available on the market. Ultimate luxury and refinement, paired with the power of a 5,5 litre V8 engine and discretely packaged as a classic coupe. However, for some fortunate and affluent customers, this was simply not exclusive enough. Enter AMG. Back in the eighties, they were still an independent tuner, founded back in 1967 by two former Daimler engineers and with a history in Motorsports. The cooperation agreement with Mercedes-Benz was not signed until 1993.
AMG cleverly saw a market for customizing the most exclusive Mercedes cars. So, if you wanted to stand out in a crowd, you took your newly delivered 560 SEC to the village of Affalterbach, not far from the Mercedes factory, and let them work their magic on your car. And what you received back was something completely different. Rather than simply add some optical effects, AMG took the new car apart and rebuilt it completely.
The wide fenders allowed wider tires to be fitted. Also, the suspension was completely rebuilt and the brake system upgraded. All of these modifications were done for the car to be able to handle more power. And power is what it has in abundance. While the engine block is still the original one, it was enlarged from 5,5 to 6,0l. AMG designed and fitted new cylinder heads with two camshafts and four valves per cylinder. All these measures raised power from 300 to 385 hp, which was almost super car territory back then. Due to the enlargement of the engine, there was also plenty of extra torque on offer. The interior received electrically adjustable Recaro seats, AMG designed steering wheel and gear knob, white instruments and much more. No two cars are exactly the same and it was even possible to opt for a car without engine modifications.
However, the first owner of this car ticked all the boxes so it’s as exclusive as they get. The current proprietor sourced it from Japan in 2016. We've researched the history in cooperation with AMG and this is most certainly one of the original cars, which makes it extremely valuable. What is so striking about this example, is its excellent condition. The paint is unmarked, the Interior is in a beautiful condition and the car is mechanically spot on. Its fastidious owner goes through great lengths to use only original parts and just completed a full mechanical service of the car at Mercedes.
With the eighties back in fashion, this is undoubtedly one of the more extravagant cars from this decade and this is an excellent opportunity to acquire perhaps the best example available.
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