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Mercedes-Benz AMG used buying and gallery

15 February 2014

AMG has a history of high-performance cars back to the 1960s. Originally to develop motorsport vehicles, like BMW’s M division, ’ performance arm later evolved offering officially sanctioned customer cars.

The first AMG to be sold directly through dealerships was the C36 AMG, which was revealed in 1993. When acquired 100 per cent of AMG in 2005, it the firm a much wider and platform from which to

Myriad models have off AMG’s production line in since it opened in 1976, the likes of the fabled SL73 the race-bred CLK GTR and even high-performance of Mercedes’ now ageing off-road the G-class .

With the brand’s range now consisting of more 20 models, narrowing down might suit you could some time. However, if looking for a used example and got a budget in mind, the task is easier. But be warned: while AMG models may not be prohibitively expensive to you should expect to pay a considerable to keep the 
car properly

So if you’re looking for a used Mercedes-Benz and can stomach the potential costs, here are some to suit most budgets.

C36 AMG (1994-1998) — from

The C36 AMG was the spiritual successor to the venerable 2.3-16 and 2.5-16 Cosworth. to rival the likes of the BMW M3. it was based on W202 generation of C-class.

a modest ‘Sport’ body the C36 received uprated suspension, alloys and a heavily developed straight-six engine. With and 284lb ft, the Mercedes could from 0-60mph in 6.0sec and 152mph.

Back when it was the C36 cost a not insignificant £38,250 – and was before you started ticking boxes. Today, however, you can up immaculate examples with than 100,000 miles on the for around £5000.

Models in 1995-1996 have a four-speed transmission that is usually Those made from onwards get a five-speed automatic can be problematic, so check the transmission and make sure the gearbox properly on a test drive.

The quality of this generation of is acceptable, but check for any signs of Otherwise, notable problems are few and far so it’s wear and tear cost you. Make the brakes, suspension and tyres are in condition, or budget for replacement

E55 AMG estate (2003-2006) — £10,000

The E55 AMG estate proved to be one of the fastest ways to move a from point A to point B it was launched in 2003.

Besides immense power and the E55 majored on everyday usability that huge boot, a interior and plenty of equipment. You even get seven-seat versions, for those with larger

With a hefty 5.4-litre V8 sending power to the rear through a relaxed five-speed transmission, the two-tonne E55 can sprint 0-62mph in around 4.8sec and a limited top speed of 155mph.

of this generation are prone to so inspect the wheel arches and carefully for any signs of rust. And on the drive, make sure the car taut and composed, as worn or slack steering can be costly to put

The E55 AMG’s powertrain should hassle-free, but check the operation of the suspension as repairs are expensive. The brake control system can issues, too, so check the history to see if it has been worked on at any

You should be able to buy an excellent E55 for £10,000. Most have than 100,000 miles on the and relatively few previous owners, but an eye out for examples with a comprehensive history.

SL55 AMG (2002-2008) from £25,000

If you want a of top-down motoring and prodigious you could opt for a fifth-generation SL55

Based on Mercedes’ R320 the AMG version first appeared on the lists in 2002. Following a in 2006, which added modern-looking styling and trim production of the SL55 AMG ran until

Partly thanks to the 469bhp and ft initially available from its 5.4-litre V8, the SL55 could from 0-62mph in just When it was launched, it was reputed to be the powerful road car ever by Mercedes. Unlike alternatives Porsche and Ferrari. it was also easier to live with day to day.

Despite the complexity of the serious issues tend to be rare. The powertrain is generally but the Active Body Control suspension system can leak and premature failure of the pump, so carefully for any problems or excessive fluid loss from the

The roof itself can leak and too, so make sure it correctly and that there are no areas in the car. Otherwise, carry out the normal checks and that there are no signs of damage.

For £25,000, you’ll a range of examples in excellent usually with less 60,000 miles on the clock.

The AMG is an insanely powerful, imposing and coupé. Powered by a twin-turbocharged V12 engine producing 612bhp and ft, it’s capable of 0-62mph in 4.4sec.

It’s not all about straight-line however. The CL65 can also four adults in comfort, effortlessly at high speeds and remarkably well.

The CL65 AMG was a big improvement over its predecessor, vastly better dynamics. the nigh on £70k premium it over the standard CL500 was to justify for most, but if you wanted the way to cover vast distances ease then the £150k AMG was the way to go.

Depreciation has, fortunately, its toll and these days you can buy examples with under miles on the clock for around Keep an eye out for those with a Mercedes service history and high-quality tyres, factors suggest proper and appropriate

Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG W202

One notable issue is with of the Active Body Control suspension system, which can be to maintain and repair. Look for any lights, check the fluid in the reservoir and inspect the underside of the car for any fluid leaks.

For that alone, if you’re considering a it’s worth investing in a aftermarket or official extended

The SLS AMG superseded the Mercedes SLR McLaren as such, marked the end of the collaboration Mercedes-Benz and McLaren in road car

The SLS was also notable for being the road car that AMG developed the ground up, as opposed to being on an existing Mercedes.

With styling that the original 300SL Gullwing, a naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 and a of cutting-edge design features, the SLS was – and is – inch the all-out supercar.

it isn’t one of the most emotive around, but the gullwing-doored SLS offers a complete and capable package – and one capable of 0-60mph in 3.9sec.


days you can pick up an SLS for around which represents a significant off the list price of £165,030.

a decent example isn’t as most will be under years old and have covered than 12,000 miles. will also be offered the remainder of their original and extended warranties are available.

take time to ensure there are no faults or cosmetic as even a relatively minor could be costly to resolve.

admittedly not being the ultimate of a trouble-free history, it’s worth carrying out a car history on any prospective SLS purchase.

The SLS is itself due to be by the GT AMG supercar in 2015, so expect to fall afterwards.

CLK GTR (1998-1999) — from

If you’re in the market for something exotic, how about a CLK GTR? 26 were built by AMG, in to help Mercedes-Benz meet the requirements for the FIA’s GT1 class.

coupés and roadster variants built and modifications from the version were few. The GTRs benefited from trim, air conditioning, traction and storage lockers.

Each is by an Ilmor Engineering-developed 6.9-litre V12 produces 604bhp and 572lb ft. to a kerb weight of around and sleek bodywork, the Mercedes can hit 200mph and sprint from in just 3.8sec.

Finding one for won’t be easy, though, and be to spend more than £1 on a prime example. However, probable that, provided you for it properly, its value will increase over time.

Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG W202
Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG W202

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