Mercedes-Benz redefined executive class performance when it released the E55 AMG in 1999 for the US Market. Sure, BMW’s M5 had been around for a few generations, but it was sabre with manual gearboxes that tempted its driver to carve up corners. The AMG was a hammer, a big tire smoking cudgel meant to bludgeon the pavement into submission, but at the same time it could be docile and liveable in traffic. What more can you ask for in a 15 year old $5k driver? Find this 1999 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG offered for $4500 in Torrance, CA via craigslist.
The recipe for the E55 was simple, start with a standard W210 luxury sedan and add a brutish 5.5 liter V8 rated at 354 horsepower and 391 ft-lbs of torque. No forced induction or supercharged wizardry, just a bunch of air flowing into DOHC V8 that produced zero-60mph times in the low 5 second range. A subtle body kit and AMG badges are the only external clues that something is special.
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