Lot 133 - 1998 Mercedes-Benz C 43 AMG
|Odometer reading||83,000 miles|
|Result||Sold - £8,960|
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 roar with all that power, allied with a maximum torque output of 302lb/ft, hitting a 0-60mph 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 automatic gearbox 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, the noise that accompanies this surging acceleration is epic; a thread that seems common to all V8 AMGs.
This truly excellent Mercedes-Benz C 43 AMG has covered 82,000 miles from new and, importantly, has a full Mercedes-Benz main dealer service history with no less than 13 services done; it has been cared for without regard to cost. Finished in unmarked silver with a contrasting black and cream leather interior, the car is in exceptional condition throughout and presents as new. It is accompanied by countless MoT test certificates, including a current MoT test certificate valid until October 2017 and unmarked alloys wrapped in four very good Continental tyres. It also comes with all Mercedes-Benz manuals including a stamped service book, two sets of fully working remote keys, ID card and tracker certification and an impressive history file. AMG are renowned for producing some of the best sports saloons in the world and this model is certainly one of them. Definitely one of the very best and fast appreciating Mercedes-Benz C 43 AMGs you can find in today's market.
* Price Guide £7,000 - £12,000
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