This 400-HP Mercedes Wagon Has Been Causing Back Pain For 30 Years


Before AMG went all mainstream, bonkers stuff like this happened.

Only more recently has Mercedes fully turned AMG into its own separate performance division. It wasn’t even officially its in-house performance brand until 1999. That’s not a bad thing, but it does mean it’s now more mainstream and, therefore, possibly less adventurous. But 30 years ago AMG operated with little to no Mercedes oversight. It was essentially a small team of speed-crazed German engineers who would build just about anything customers asked for. This 1987 Mercedes-Benz AMG Hammer Wagon is just one example.

The year prior, AMG began to offer V8 engine upgrades for the now iconic W124 chassis, the precursor to today’s E-Class. Because of the sheer amount of power this chassis-engine combo had, the driver was literally hit like a hammer when gunning the throttle, thus earning its well-deserved name, the Hammer.

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Resulting back pain was to be expected. This one-off AMG Hammer wagon is owned today by brand enthusiast Jonathon Hodgman, but its origins are quite interesting. It started life out as a basic 300 TD diesel wagon, until it was purchased by a Canadian guy who wanted to build something special for his wife. AMG did whatever this guy asked for, considering the conversion from diesel to gasoline V8 and a whole bunch of other work cost an insane $190,000 (in 1987, mind you). As noted in this latest video from Petrolicious, there’s nothing else like this "wolf in sheep’s clothing" 400 hp wagon in the world.

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