A NEW APPROACH IN AN AGE OLD BUSINESS+44 (0) 1926 691 141
Estimate: £2,250 - £3,500
+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%
Most car manufacturers dismiss the aftermarket world and few would ever market an aftermarket design through its own dealership network, however, the relationship between Mercedes and AMG was different. Mercedes-Benz realised that it needed to compete in the sports saloon market and its staid C280 model was just not enough when up against a BMW M3. Confidence grew between the two companies which culminated in a contract allowing AMG to use the worldwide dealer network to sell the AMG modified cars, the first of which was the C36 AMG. External enhancements to the C36 include a new front apron that carries foglamps in the spoiler, when combined with the new side skirts and rear apron AMG claims that it reduces lift at motorway speeds helping to make the handling even better. Other subtle modifications include carbon-fibre trim on the B-pillar, an AMG boot badge and 17-inch 5-spoke wheels which would become synonymous with high performance Mercedes models for the next decade. Inside the C36 is typically understated; a set of white-face gauges replaced the standard black unit immediately drawing the driver’s eye to the electronically limited 155mph top-speed. The 4-cylinder, inline six engine pushes out a healthy 276 horsepower at 5750rpm with 284 lb-ft of torque at 4000rpm, 82 more horsepower than the C280 and 36 more than the BMW M3. On paper at least, this 'tuner car' had beaten the mighty M3 developed internally by BMW. The C36 on offer here was first registered in 1996 and has a comprehensive service history, having seen little mileage in the last few years. This fine example is ready to cosset its passengers and exhilarate its driver. Always understated but deceptively fast, the C36 needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated.