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The MB Market Exclusive First Look: 1994 E60 AMG Limited

1994 Mercedes-Benz E60 AMG

Chassis no. WDB124 036 1C106711

Engine no. 119 9760 0379

Gearbox no. 722 370 96 6145  (HWA 140 270 0100)

Originally ordered under Mercedes-Benz’s general-use company vehicle account, this German-market W124 chassis began life as a 500 E Limited, and was delivered on February 24th, 1994. Complete with special-ordered Saphirschwarz paintwork and AMG three-piece wheels, this unique ‘facelift’ chassis was converted to E60 specifications shortly after its delivery to corporate headquarters. With communication directly from AMG confirming this to be a true Affalterbach built E60, this “pre-merger” chassis presently exhibits all the proper equipment, stampings, and cosmetic details provided to a high standard of work, which irrefutably establish it as a bonafide AMG-executed creation. Furthermore, a set of recently completed dynamometer tests have verified the proper outputs of a factory-rated E60 powertrain. Utilizing the series-standard 5.0-liter M119 V-8 engine, engineers in Affalterbach pushed out displacement to 6.0-liters by adding a combined 14mm to the bore and stroke geometries. A set of four ‘hot’ reprofiled camshafts, lightweight alloy pistons, and more aggressive engine mappings pushed the unit’s maximum delivery to over 380 hp. A revised exhaust system paired with a marginally redesigned intake assembly surmounted by ‘AMG’ type font allowed the E60’s greedier power plant to breath more freely at-speed

The stock, yet stout four-speed transmission was deemed adequate for AMG’s beefed-up purposes, though a retuned TCU map and specially geared ratios were required to extend longevity and maximize performance. Converted E60’s received a chrome muffler unit with dual square tips—this chassis presently wears a period-correct, cross-compatible unit labeled with the R129 SL series number. A revised set of springs and upgraded brakes housed inside a set of menacing, staggered three-piece ‘AERO III’, 17-inch OZ Racing wheels rounded out the E60’s mechanical modifications.

Cosmetically, the standard E60 typically did not vary greatly from the visage of the 500 Limited, though this example has been notably upgraded inside and out by AMG. The unique Saphirschwarz aesthetic is enriched by a proper ‘Gen II’ aero kit. The extended leather option extends the black leather upholstery to the door panel inserts and upper dash with a contrast stitch, and the black-toned bird’s eye maple trim which adorns the center console is emblazoned with a monochrome marque logo. Of equal distinction is the steering wheel—a pair of small typefont stamps located at 5, and 7 o’clock supplement a more prominent logo featured on the upholstered airbag unit—the grain matched trim substantiates that this wheel has been crafted to corporate standards. Lastly, the 300km/h ‘AMG’ gauge cluster is a touch attributed to specifications to of an AMG conversion of the most exorbitant variety.

Imported from Japan by the consignor in April of 2020, this E60 has recently benefitted from a well documented overhaul of its rear differential and transmission. Additional service invoices from Japan show over $30,000 USD of addressed line items in the past decade alone. Now offered with an extensive folder of Japanese documentation dated back to 1995, tool roll, and manuals, this exceedingly rare super sedan presents an ideal opportunity to own a piece of lean, mean, German steel from AMG’s earliest days under the corporate stewardship of Mercedes-Benz.

This E60 AMG will be auctioned with RM Sotheby's Monterey Auction on August 14-15th with bidding available online beginning August 10th. Make sure to register well in advance of auction day in order to bid. The lot for bidding with RM can be found here.


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