1999 Mercedes-Benz W210 E55 AMG – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Future Classic: 5.4lt V8, 144000kms, cost over $200,000 when new

The W210 E-Class was produced from 1995 until 2002 during which there were four different AMG-fettled versions.

This was a time before Daimler-Benz purchased AMG, and at the time operated more like HSV did to Holden.

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The first to appear was the E36 AMG, bearing the 3.6lt inline-six which also appeared in the acclaimed and smaller C36. It’s the rarest AMG E-class of this generation, with just 400 produced worldwide and just 49 sold to the Australian market new.

The E50 and E60 were both limited production, mainly sold to European markets.

The E55 is the most popular and prodigious AMG E-class of the era, with 12,000 produced (the last model largely bolted together in-house at AMG’s Affalterbach facility) between 1998 and 2002.

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This one’s a 1999 model, and has travelled 144,000kms on its factory 5.4lt V8 and five-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox.

It’s finished in the ubiquitous Metallic Silver over black leather interior.

As the fanfare around Mercedes-Benz’s AMG hotrods continues to grow (Australia is one of the largest AMG consumers per capita in the world), these early AMG models are starting to hit the collector radar.

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This one’s on offer for $22,990 and provide plenty of room to grow in the future, whilst providing plenty of European muscle car thrills over ownership.

The car is based in New South Wales, and you can check out the full listing here!

 

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