A RARE classic Mercedes that is one of only eight ever made is headed up for auction.
RM Sotheby’s is selling the 1982 Mercedes 500 SL AMG 5.0 and it is believed that it could fetch as much as $200,000.
You may be familiar with Mercedes-AMG cars – they’re the fastest, most focused Mercs you can buy.
Today there’s a whole range of AMG models to choose from in all shapes and sizes, but that wasn’t always the case.
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AMG was originally a separate car tuning business, in which Mercedes took a 50% stake in 1999 before buying it outright in 2005.
This Mercedes SL predates that time and only eight of these AMG-equipped cars were ever built and delivered in the US.
This car is the first of that series to be built and delivered.
They had an upgraded 276-hp V8 engine, a five-speed manual gearbox, and stiffer suspension and a limited-slip differential for better cornering.
AMG also added BBS alloy wheels and figure-hugging Recaro sports seats.
You needed a lot of money in 1982 if you wanted one of these cars, as they were hugely customizable.
The advertisement for the car reads: ‘A rare and intriguing model with a passionate following, the examples are fiercely sought after today for their incredible looks, wonderful driving dynamics and equally impressive performance.
“With pre-fusion AMG cars steadily increasing in prestige and collectability, this remarkable 500 SL 5.0 five-speed is a rare find that is sure to turn heads wherever it lands next.”