Classic Mercedes-Benz 6.0L AMG Coupe Goes Under The Hammer

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It's one of just 13 built by AMG in America.

Mercedes-AMG is best-known for building German muscle cars that like to go fast in a straight line and produce tons of smoke around corners. These characteristics aren't new at all: AMG has been applying this formula to unsuspecting Benzes for decades, and this 1988 Mercedes-Benz 6.0L AMG Hammer Coupe is the perfect example of a retro performance-focused Merc in tip-top condition. It isn't a state secret that Mercedes-Benz is doing away with V8 engines like the one found in the 2022 Mercedes-AMG E63 Sedan and replacing them with electric vehicles like the EQE Sedan, so spotting this blunt-force weapon on is about as refreshing as the smell of freshly pulverized Michelin rubber.

But what is it? Those in the know refer to it as the Mercedes-Benz 6.0L AMG Hammer Coupe, and it's about the modern equivalent of if AMG took an E63 and juiced it up on steroids.

The name "Hammer" was given to only a handful of Mercedes-AMG cars sporting the massive AMG-modified 6.0-liter DOHC 32-valve M117 V8 engine, and this example is even more special as it was built by AMG in Westmont, Illinois. It's believed to be one of only 13 Hammers ever built by AMG in North America.

Each Hammer started off life as a standard 300CE coupe but was quickly transformed into what you see before you: a 1980s German porno prop. Most Hammers were finished in Black Pearl Metallic over Gray leather, and the exterior features a full AMG aero kit, including a revised front bumper with fog lights, side sills, dual AMG exhaust outlets, and a cool wrap-around rear spoiler.

The car rolls on a set of 17-inch AMG wheels (which must be worth the cost of a modern C-Class) wrapped in Dunlop SP Sport 8000 tires measuring 215/45 in the front and 235/45 at the rear. These wheels are connected to AMG springs and shocks.

The 6.0-liter V8 engine under the hood produces around 385 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque. This engine was borrowed from a standard 560 SEC and was then bored, balanced, and blueprinted. The heads were also improved with twin-cam, four-valve per cylinder units. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission from a W126 and a Torsen limited-slip differential mated to a strengthened rear subframe.

That big V8 engine rumbles through a custom AMG exhaust system.

The stylish interior features leather upholstery, an AMG steering wheel, pristine carpets and door cards, and features such as cruise control, automatic climate control, power front seats, a power steering column, and a Sony XR-7200 head unit with door speakers and a trunk-mounted sub.

The instrument cluster shows off an original 190 mph AMG speedometer, a 7,000-rpm tachometer, and an odometer that shows 19,417 original miles. This car had been stored for 15 years up until 2021, after which it underwent full service and is now in perfect running condition. This car is sold with a clean Carfax report, a clean New Mexico Title, and is currently bidding at $275,000 with the online auction ending in nine days.

Keep your EQE, we'll have this.

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