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Friday, December 14, 2018

1979 mercedes-AMG wagon The Perfect Sleeper

See this wagon? It's an S123 – the precursor of today's E-Class, and stretched-roof counterpart of the W123 sedan (and V123 limousine and C123 coupe) that Mercedes built in the 1970s and 80s.

However it isn't simply any Benz wagon. though it's all dead out in classic “sleeper” vogue, if you look closely enough (or stand so much enough back) you'll likely be able to tell that this explicit S123 is packing a secret or 2.

What you are looking at may be a 1979 Mercedes-Benz 500 TE AMG, and it's developing for auction in European country next april.

Daimler offered the 123 series with a spread of gas and diesel engines, with four, five, or six cylinders, and displacing between 2.0 and 3.0 liters. but even the most potent of them only created 182 HP and 173 lb-ft of force. that is but even an entry-level CLA 250 churns out these days, and it's where AMG came in.

The venerable Mercedes tuner had simply started in operation a dozen years prior and would not be noninheritable  by technologist for another 20. In between, it created a reputation for itself upgrading existing Benzes like this one, apparently packing a 5.0-liter V8 smart for 276 HP.


In modern terms, that is still down virtually a hundred horses on today's Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, not to mention the 603 HP kicked out by this vehicle's modern counterpart, the E63 S . but it was nearly 100 horses more than Mercedes offered from the mill – and more than the first Porsche 930 Turbo offered at the time. 

Add to that the upgraded body kit, wheeled vehicle, suspension, and Recaro buckets, and you are looking at a wagon remodeled – and one they will likely never see returning. Place the winning bid at RM Sotheby's Techno-Classica auction in Essen and it may well be yours.
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