1990 Mercedes-Benz AMG Hammer Coupe 6.0
Prior to merging with Mercedes-Benz and becoming their in-house performance division, AMG started life as a humble independent tuning company. Leading up to their absorption into Mercedes-Benz, AMG’s pre-merger swan song was the extensively modified 300 CE, widely referred to as the Hammer Coupe 6.0.
It is estimated that AMG produced a scant 30 AMG Hammers for the entire globe, with only 13 of those understood to have been built for the North American market. Modifications to the standard 30 0CE by AMG were extensive, and exhaustive. Initiating the transformation to full blown Hammer Coupe was replacing the standard 3.0 liter inline-six engine for a 5.5 liter V8. A rarely checked option box at time of order allowed customers to increase the displacement to a gargantuan 6.0 liters, resulting in 385HP and 417 lb-ft of torque when new.
The exterior of the car was met with equally extravagant visual alterations, lending the Hammer its iconic looks. Most notably is the addition of an AMG body kit, inclusive of a sculpted front bumper with integrated fog lights, larger front and rear fenders, a subtle trunk spoiler, and new side skirts. To add to all this splendor, very few cars featured AMG’s pièce de résistance - an eye-catching widebody. Rounding out the modifications were a set of the now iconic 17” AMG Monoblock wheels.
This particular example here was delivered new to Japan, and resided there for its entire life under impeccable stewardship, until recently being acquired and moved to the United States in Summer of 2022. Sporting low kilometers from new, and recent servicing from the marque guru’s at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, this 6.0 M117/9 Hammer Coupe Widebody is truly something to behold, and will be a near impossible feat to top.