The W202 generation Mercedes-Benz C-class was launched in North America for the 1994 model year with a few basic inline four & six cylinder engines. In 1995 the AMG modified C36 hit the showrooms, but the final (and fastest) spec was the V8 C43 released in 1998. Unfortunately for long roof fans, all W202 headed for North America were sedan versions and we didn’t get the cool wagon version…so you’ll have to find an immigrant like this next one. Find this 1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Wagon here on eBay offered for $13,900 buy-it-now located in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Tip from Cory.
The C43 was the first new car released after Mercedes-Benz acquired AMG and the C43 was built entirely in place at the AMG Affalterbach factory, instead of the body-in-white shipped to AMG style assembly of the C36.
Power comes from the 4.3 liter V8 borrowed from the bigger E-class, rated at 306 horsepower and 302 ft-lbs of torque. Mated to an old school 5-speed auto and equipped with an open diff, the C43 isn’t lightning quick off the line (hits 60mph in 5.9 seconds) but it is a great autobahn hauler and isn’t “slow” either.
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