Seeing an AMG car manufactured before the company became Merc’s high-performance division is an occasion, but the item is in itself special.
This original 560 SEC 6.0 AMG Wide Body is arguably one of the most desirable high-performance AMGs ever created. Not only because it’s believed that fewer than 50 units were built, but also due to the company’s expertise, which transformed the big Benz into a unique creation.
The car is powered by a bore-out 6.0-Litre V8, designed and built at Affalterbach, which uses an AMG custom quad-cam head with four valves per cylinder, producing twice the torque at half the engine speed of the original 5.6-litre Mercedes-Benz engine. The total outpout is 385 hp and it is transmitted to the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic gearbox.
Moreover, the tuner’s signature continues on the outside that’s oh-so-80s, as the car was fitted with distinctive front and rear fenders and door panels that allowed much wider wheels to be fitted.
This example will cross the auction block at RM Sotheby’s for an estimated $100,000 – $150,000. An interesting price, considering it’s an ultra-rare vehicle that sold for $200,000 back in the day.
Being the 28th unit produced, it is in perfect condition, has just over 90,000 kilometers (56,000 miles) and still boasts the original specs. It’s finished in silver, with a black leather interior and matching black carpeting. It is also believed to be one of just six cars ordered by private collectors and museums in Japan in 1990.