Pre-Merger AMG 3.2: 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TE
This 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TE (VIN WDB1240901F166796) is one of an unknown but certainly small number of pre-merger 3.2 liter AMG conversions, with modifications including a larger straight-six engine, sport-tuned suspension, Recaro interior and full exterior aero. The car is believed to be from a group of four originally sold new in Japan, and is reported to have been built at AMG HQ in Affalterbach, Germany. Current mileage stands at the metric equivalent of 86k, condition looks quite nice as detailed in several dozen high-resolution photos, and the seller mentions recent importation and a clean title. Find it here on eBay in Saint Paul, Minnesota with reserve not met. Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission.
Mercedes really got the exterior proportions of the W124 right from the very beginning, but these period AMG kits do nothing to harm the overall vibe of refined, functional, old-school German design. Astral Silver is a good color choice, covering not only sheet metal and bumpers but also trim that would be black or bright from the factory. AMG monoblock wheels are always cool on 80’s MB products, but we’re still undecided about their upcoming return. Ride height is low courtesy of an AMG-fitted sport suspension, and rear self-leveling dampers are described as new.
The interior features given power, heated Recaro CSE seats which seem to be aging nicely, while the four-spoke steering wheel is a popular design fitted to other pre-merger AMG models and conversions. The white gauge faces are another change from stock, while factory wood trim shows well in a number of photos. The original radio has been replaced by what’s said to be a Sony head unit tied in with a 10 disc changer. Larger surfaces like the dash show well, and photos show the optional rear-facing bench as wearing more good looking leather. Both heat and A/C are said to work well.
Much of what’s visible under the hood looks unmodified from stock for a standard M103 SOHC 12-valve six. Original output for the 3.0 liter engine was 177 HP at 5700 RPM with 188 lb. ft. of torque at 4400, but AMG’s oversquare design increased displacement to 3.2 liters and was paired with a freer-flowing head, bringing with them a healthy increase to around 245 HP. Power is sent to the rear through a 4G-Tronic auto, and period 0-60 times were in the seven-second range.
Some 40+ pages of service receipts dating back to 2005 (roughly 25k miles ago) are included, along wither original manuals.
Recent servicing mentioned in the ad was reportedly performed by a local specialist, with a number of important things replaced and addressed. In addition to an oil service, a transmission fluid service and differential drain and refill are listed, along with the cam cover being powder coated. Plugs, wires and other ignition components are said to be new along with crankcase breather hoses, and receipts total over $4,000.
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