“AMG” which was called “Armor game” during the bubble period
In Scottsdale, Arizona, which is known as a winter resort in the United States, several leading auction houses gather every year from mid-January to late January, and a large number of auctions are held for the world’s classic car industry. It has been.
It is still in the midst of the new coronavirus disaster this year, and major companies such as “Bonhams”, “Barrett Jackson”, and “Gooding & Company” are focusing on the online type using the Internet. A large-scale auction was held.
● 1989 Mercedes-Benz “560 SEC AMG 6.0 Wide Body”
RM Sotheby’s, the largest auction house for classic cars / collectors cars, will enter the OTTO CAR CLUB, a membership clubhouse and vehicle storage facility for car enthusiasts in Scotchdale, to combat COVID-19 infection. While limiting, the main will hold an online large-scale auction “ARIZONA” on January 18-22, 2021 (preview on 18-21, auction on 22nd).
84 cars will be put up for auction at this “ARIZONA” auction, but among them, VAGUE paid attention to the AMG complete car based on the Mercedes-Benz “560SEC”.
In the early 1980s, before it became part of Daimler-Benz (then), Affalterbach’s AMG was a sandcast of 32 DOHC valves per bank to be combined with a Mercedes V8 SOHC 16 valve “M117” engine. The cylinder head was developed in-house.
In addition, the intake efficiency is improved by replacing the throttle body and intake manifold. The cam profile has been made “hot” and the exhaust system has been redesigned to be much wilder, so the highest-end version “6.0” with a displacement of 6 liters marked a large power of 385ps. I succeeded in doing it.
This special 4-cam 32V engine was installed in the C124 series coupe with the pet name of “hammer”, starting with the W126 series “S class” at that time. However, the most iconic was the C126 coupe “SEC”. Moreover, it stabs the end in the wide body.
The blister fender with a beautiful curved surface that forms a “wide body” with AMG’s C126 coupe shows an extremely excellent finish despite being made of FRP. However, not all SEC-based AMGs of this era were equipped, and it was just an option.
The presence or absence of this option seems to be a major factor in the market price even in the modern classic car market.
In Japan during the bubble era, for some reason it was called “armor game”, but for AMG Mercedes, which has been the subject of admiration as much as the supercars in line, VAGUE has done several auction reviews so far. I have delivered it, but the individual introduced this time is actually one that has a deep connection with Japan.