I know this next car is just a headache waiting for a new head. It cost more than $70k from the factory, was the fastest Mercedes-Benz ever sold in America when new, and will drain your bank account with repairs on complex suspension components, high-strung V8, and pricey electronic gizmos. But somehow, despite all that, I can’t help but want to drive a classic AMG with prices as low as they are. Am I the idiot here? Find this 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG offered for $8950 in Scottsdale, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
There is a style of late model customized car where you start with a black car, black out every piece of chrome, black out the lights, black out the blinkers, limo tint the windows and end with a vehicle that absorbs more light than it reflects. Kids on the street call it “murdered out”, but I prefer the term “Vadered out” because I’m a Star Wars geek like that. Plus, this next car has tons of miles on the odometer but looks sprightly enough to throw the emperor down a giant shockingly non-OSHA compliant random ventilation shaft located in the throne room. Find this 2003 Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG offered for $14,500 in Fresno, CA via craigslist. Tip from Safety Fast.
The W203 generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class wasn’t the sportiest thing on the planet when it was launched for the 2001 model year, and comparisons to the E46 BMW 3-series always ranked the C-Class as more of a luxury boat versus the speedy and zippy 3-series. However, you could get the C32 AMG version, which added a supercharged V6 that pushed out 354 horsepower (21 hp more than the M3) and some handling upgrades, but you still couldn’t get it with a manual transmission, nor in the SLK32 AMG. But, a few years later Daimler-Chrysler produced the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 on SLK32 chassis and gave it the same M112-E32ML V6 but mated to a 6-speed manual…so magic happens when someone swaps the 06-08 Chrysler gearbox into the 01-03 Mercedes chassis with a set of wrenches and an almost factory-fit. Find this 2002 Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG offered for $6,000 in Hudson Valley, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car comes as a tip from Jeff who writes: I love depreciation… especially with Euro vehicles. Another great example with good miles and in awesome shape. Not bad for 500+ hp but the age old question looms… you can afford to buy it, but can you afford to maintain it? (that is the […]
This next car almost got thrown to the bottom of DT’s email trash bin because it didn’t look like much. The wheels are too flashy, the seats are ripped, and the paint is flaking like a Texas sunburn, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a C43 with an E55 engine swap. The original 1998-2000 C43 AMG was a capable and fun with its 4.3 liter 306 horsepower V8 — but shoving the 5.4 liter V8 from the E55 AMG for 349 horsepower should be a nice upgrade without ruining the car’s character. Find this 1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG with 5.4 liter V8 swap offered for $7000 in Mascotte, FL via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
It’s late Sunday night, this COVID19 thing has been going on for far too long, and I’m feeling the need for speed. Speed and danger. Maybe some unnecessary risk needs to be mixed in with the speed and danger…no, keep the mask on Zorro, I’m thinking about a salvage titled AMG Mercedes with a screaming 6.2 liter V8 that pushes 451 horsepower through 8000 rpms into a 7 speed auto box. Zero to 60 takes about 3.9 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph…and it costs less than a new Nissan Versa. Find this 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG W204 offered for $13,999 buy-it-now or make-offer in Palmdale, CA via eBay.
The SL-Class Mercedes-Benz roadster has been a good looking 2-seater since it was launched in 1954. It was (and is) the go-to car for the rich man/woman who wants a balance between performance and style to lean towards style…but the AMG option (first released in 1995) turns the dial back towards the performance end of the spectrum. The R230 generation of the SL (2001-2011) was available in SL55 AMG trim that pushed 493 horsepower and 516 ft-lbs of torque from a supercharged V8 into a 5-speed automatic gearbox. Find this 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG offered for $13,000 in Evansville, IN via faceplace marketbook. Tip from Jeff.
If you are in the market for a fast small luxury sedan you probably have seen prices on 10 year old M3s and S4/S5 drop to sub $20k DT range…but wait…there is another Skywalker. And this one is arguably the most brutal of the group — it doesn’t have all-wheel-drive grip like the Audi or […]
This next car comes as a tip from Jeff who writes; Slick wagon, assuming you trust the shop that did the work. I’m not as concerned about the quality of the swapper as I am about the signs of the tin worm from life in the rust belt…is D.C. in the rust belt? Maybe the proximity […]
This next car comes from tipper Jeff who writes: One can only imagine the stratospheric bill that would come with this car *IF* something major ever went wrong, but man, a 600+ hp German twin-turbo V12 sure has a nice ring to it and this one looks absolutely stunning. Find this 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG offered […]