Lot 209 - 2000 Mercedes-Benz C 43 AMG
|Odometer reading||46,673 miles|
|Estimate||£11,000 - £15,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,000|
The C 43 AMG was launched in 1997 and it followed on from the straight-six C 36 AMG. That first AMG W202, C-Class was good enough with its 280hp straight-six; but its replacement was undeniably altogether more special. Not least because the W202 marked a step change in the relationship between AMG and Mercedes-Benz, being the first car assembled from scratch (as opposed to upgraded) at the former's factory in Affalterbach. It was also the first Mercedes-Benz C-Class powered by the M113, V8 engine. Just as with what seems like all AMGs, the C 43 explodes into life with an infectious V8 woofle with all that power, allied with a maximum torque output of 302lb ft, hitting a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds. Limited to 155mph, Mercedes-Benz unofficially claimed it could hit 168mph when de-restricted and unlike the old C 36, the C 43's five-speed auto is snappy and responsive, thanks to AMG modifications. Setting off, it feels slightly aloof and inert at low speeds but once you crank things up, it sprints like a kicked cat - all fury and drama and the noise that accompanies this surging acceleration is epic; a thread that seems common to all V8 AMGs.
This excellent, three owner, Mercedes-Benz C 43 AMG has only covered 46,700 miles from new and was supplied 'fully loaded' with a long list of optional extras including Designo leather and decorative trim, electric seats and telephone system. It was fully serviced less than 1,000 miles ago and recently the air conditioning has been completely overhauled. Finished in dark blue with blue leather interior and curled maple woodwork, this C 43 is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate with no advisories which expires in February 2016 and a full service history including all the old MoT's and a fully stamped service book. AMG are renowned for producing some of the best sports saloons in the world and this model is one of them.