The Mercedes C36 was the first car produced by AMG after Mercedes purchased them. The C36 was the successor to 190E 16V as Mercedes compact performance car. It was a very expensive car when new and competed directly with the BMW E36 M3. The engine, square edged styling, brakes, and build quality were without fault. The real achilles heal of the C36 was the dimwitted automatic which was the only transmission option. C36 resale prices pale in comparison to the M3 largely due to the the lack of third pedal. Today’s seller took matters in their own hands and swapped in a proper manual transmission. Find this 1995 Mercedes C36 AMG for sale in Santa Barbara, CA for $8,500 via craigslist. Tip from Sean.
From the seller:
Good used 1995 Mercedes Benz C36 AMG with a manual transmission
conversion. Conversion performed by a Mercedes Benz Master Technician
with all Mercedes parts so you know the job was done correctly. Black
on black with about 170k miles. Some evidence of minor body repair at
some point in it’s life but looks good and runs strong. Suspension
upgraded with Ground Control adjustable suspension with Koni adjustable
dampers. Upgraded Brabus Mono IV 3 piece wheel set with newer Michelin
Pilot SuperSport tires. Vehicle can be seen by appointment at Santa
Barbara Autowerks in downtown Santa Barbara.
The 5 speed shifter looks to be from a 1999-2000 SLK M111 4 cyl manual. It is conceivable they used dual mass SLK transmission in the swap as well. A compatible M104 6 cyl dual mass flywheel from a euro car is not terribly hard to find. The 1995 C36 came with a 2.87 rear end. If the builder did not change out the rear diff, the 3.6 engine would barely break a sweat on the highway with the 5th gear overdrive.
The one nit to pick on the car is the missing 3.6 crossover tube. They are very expensive and hard to source second hand. The performance advantage the larger crossover provides is debatable because the throttle body and mass air are the same diameter on the 2.8, 3.2, and 3.6 engine sizes of the M104 straight six.
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Cory is waiting for winter to be over so he can work on his C36.