But it's so worth it.
There was a time when AMG wasn't part of Mercedes-Benz. In 1999, the German automaker took a controlling interest in the brand and became its sole owner in 2005. Before then, Mercedes had a relationship with the aftermarket tuner and one of the results was the 1989 560 SEC AMG 6.0 Widebody. This badass coupe not only looked the part of a high-performance machine, but it also took luxury and technology to the next level at the time. Only around 50 examples were made and now one of them is up for sale on Auto Leitner.
Why should you be interested in it? For starters, it's powered by a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V8 totaling 380 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. Power goes to the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission.
In stock form, this was a 5.6-liter V8 but AMG bored it out to 6.0 liters and further modified it with bespoke four-valve, dual-overhead-camshaft, sand-cast cylinder heads. Top speed has been clocked at 177 mph and a 0-62 mph time of less than six seconds. AMG also provided the widebody treatment and aero kit. In addition, the suspension was made firmer thanks to performance springs and shocks. A set of 17-inch, three-piece rims housing larger disc brakes and an AMG exhaust further complete the look and attitude.
Step inside and there's an interior that was way ahead of its time. Equipped with the full AMG package, there are fully electronic adjustable Recaro racing seats, additional walnut wood trim, an AMG steering wheel, and chrome door sills. Both the driver and front passenger seats offer a memory function and lumbar support, too.
The example being offered here features a blue-black metallic exterior and an all-black interior. The price? About $242,500. To compare, a brand new Mercedes-AMG GT-R will set you back at least $163,000. Given the rarity and exclusivity of this pre-Mercedes-AMG AMG-tuned coupe, finding a buyer likely won't take too long.