1998 Mercedes-Benz E60 AMG Estate

Mercedes-Benz has made a name for itself in the hyper estate segment. Their C and E class estates have been providing the basis for family vehicles that don’t just haul cargo, but haul a**. We didn’t see an AMG estate Mercedes decided to unleash the E55 AMG estate on the US market in 2005. This was a seven seater supercharged beast that was quickly snapped up by collectors and families with a need for speed. But prior to the W211, the W210 was given the AMG treatment as well. But this W210 estate takes it one step further. This E60 AMG Estate is tempting us at across the border in Canada. This was originally an E420 Estate that was sent to the boffins at AMG and emerged with a V8 packing 376 bhp. The look on the outside is subtle. Step inside the red leather interior and step on the loud pedal, however, and the beast will be unleashed.

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Year: 1998
Model: E60 AMG Estate
Engine: 6.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 42,937 mi
Price: $45,985

We always find ourselves with these interesting cars. Recently we stumbled upon this beautiful and very rare E60 Estate. During the production of this particular car AMG and Mercedes were still in the middle of changes and the full acquisition. What started life as a sport package E420 Estate the vehicle was sent to Affalterbach for the AMG treatment. The W210 chassis was fully stripped down to receive the 6L E60 Package. Starting with the engine, the 6L was the second largest engine offered, bored and stroked with modified cylinder heads and cams the engine was able to produce a whopping 376HP and 420 Ft-Lbs of torque. In 1998!!! Moving to the suspension, the E60 received their signature big brake kit, stiffer suspension with revised Sway bars and ground effects package. With the suspension and aero all complete it was time to turn to rolling stock. One of the most signature and famous wheel designs ever this E60 is equipped with 18” AMG Aero II wheels to complete the look! With the performance and exterior finished. We look to the interior where this car was ordered with full Red Leather interior. This includes center console and door cards. The interior was also treated with the full Carbon Fiber package. The execution is nothing short of beautiful. Original delivery of this beautiful Estate was in Saudi Arabia before the car was shipped to Japan very early in its life. The vehicle enjoys a very steady service history while in Japan proving the 69,000km this vehicle has covered. Metering the car shows original paint with the exception of the left rear quarter panel which has been refinished to a top standard. What neat car for any collector. This car has to be seen to be appreciated!

I was never a huge fan of the W210 E-class estate with its squared off rear section. While you could probably fit more cargo in the W210 versus its successor, I much prefer the more sloped back rear of the W211 estate. The asking price is rather stiff, even considering this E’s rarity. One could easily secure an E55 AMG or E63 AMG estate with more power and up to date electronics for similar if not less money. Or, if you don’t really need the hauling capacity of the estate, you could get into a very nicely preserved W124 500E/E500 at this level. While AMG variants are not too uncommon in the Mercedes lineup these days, these early examples of when the tuning arm was absorbed into Mercedes are rather intriguing as they have a bit more bespoke nature about them.

-Paul

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