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1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC AMG 6.0 Widebody

There are many legends from the 1980s tuning scene, and probably if you were to single out one single car as the most famous it would be the Ruf CTR “Yellowbird” that stunned magazines with its 200+ m.p.h. top speed and created one of the first internet sensations with its slithering sideways lap of the ‘Ring. But near equal to the yellow 911 is the widebody bad boys from Affalterbach. With their four cam V8s churning supercar power levels and their widened flanks, they were a favorite poster subjects and still draw adoring crowds today. A steady stream of AMGs from Japan have been making their way across the ocean to the U.S., and this one is reported to be one of the original 6 widebody 560SECs made for the Japanese market:

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Year: 1989
Model: 560SEC AMG 6.0 Widebody
Engine: 6.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 60,471 mi
Price: $159,000 Buy It Now

Symbolic International is proud to offer this stunning

1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC AMG 6.0 4-Valve Wide Body

AMG was founded as a racing engine forge in 1967 under the name AMG Motorenbau und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (AMG Engine Production and Development, Ltd.), by former Mercedes engineers Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher in Burgstall an der Murr, near Stuttgart. The letters “AMG” stand for Aufrecht, Melcher and Großaspach (Aufrecht’s birth Town). In 1976 most of AMG moved to Affalterbach, with the racing-engine development remaining at the old location in Burgstall. At this time Erhard Melcher ceased to be a partner, but continued to be an employee at the Burgstall location.

From 1986 to 1992, interest and the desirability of AMG tuned and prepared Mercedes Benz road cars bordered on the obsessive with demand and interest far exceeding the small firms capabilities to keep up. These facts were not overlooked by MB corporate personal and in 1993, Daimler-Benz AG and AMG signed a contract of cooperation, allowing AMG to leverage Daimler-Benz’s extensive dealer network and leading to commonly developed vehicles (the first one being the Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG, in 1993). On 1 January 1999 DaimlerChrysler, as it was called between 1998 and 2007, acquired 51 percent of AMG shares, and AMG was renamed to Mercedes-AMG GmbH.[4] Racing engine development was divested and continues to exist in Burgstall under the name HWA (Aufrecht’s initials). On 1 January 2005 Aufrecht sold his remaining shares to DaimlerChrysler, and since then Mercedes-AMG GmbH has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG.

1986-1992 The Golden Years of AMG:

The release of the AMG Hammer sedan in 1986, based on the W124 E-Class, took AMG’s performance modifications for a fast midsized sedan to a new level. AMG made the world’s fastest passenger sedan at the time, nicknamed the Hammer,[7] by squeezing Mercedes 5.6-litre V8 tuned by AMG to 360 hp into a midsized sedan. It was very aggressive for the era, with 32-valve cylinder heads and twin camshafts, and said to be faster than the Lamborghini Countach from 60 to 120 mph.[8] Later models were even more powerful and introduced the 17-inch AMG Aero 1 Hammer wheels. 1986 was also the year Mercedes introduced the 560 M117 engine. This provided yet another opportunity for customers to order the largest AMG displacement available at the time, the 6L 100 mm bore SOHC or DOHC engines available for both the W126 coupe and sedans.

1990 AMG 560SEC 6.0 Wide-Body “Widenamebody”:

AMG received a series of orders from several prominent Japanese Private Museums and Collectors in the late 1980s. Shortly thereafter the first of a handful of fully re-engineered 560 SEC 6.0 “Wide-Body” Coupes fitted with the ultimate development of the already legendary M117/9 V-8 engines appeared in several Japanese motor shows. The engines were now fully developed to 6.0-liters with radically improved cam and ignition timing on the quad-cam, four-valve cylinder heads. Massive increases in bhp were achieved but more impressive was the fact that these machines now produced more than twice the torque and at 1/2 the rpm of the original MB Factory design. The result was un-heard of performance in an utterly reliable overall package that came with the same warranty as provided new by the MB Factory. Such performance and utter exclusivity came at a steep cost. Individual sale prices varied but they were now all in excess of $200,000 and even at that level, there were long wait lists and very few such examples were completed.


This particular 6.0 Wide-Body was one of 6 similar vehicles completed for Japanese enthusiasts. These were all ordered and completed at about the same time and based on brand new, fully warranted 1990 560 SEC models. The transformation and re-engineering took a fair amount of time and it was nearly two years before they began to appear at Japanese Motor Shows and in various Japanese enthusiast magazines. This led at the time and still to this day a false belief that these were being assembled in Japan by a new division of AMG. The simpler answer was that at the time few other buyers had so much extra cash on hand to give AMG free reign to build and design as best they could with otherwise little to no restriction. A handful of additional examples were completed before AMG came under more direct control of the MB Factory in 1993 and the model phased out of production.

Our subject AMG 6.0 Wide-Body was built under AMG Commission No. 376-6.0 28 as a 6.0-liter, four-cam, four valve “wide-body 560 SEC. After initial delivery and road-registration to Japan, this example remained carefully conserved and preserved with a single owner over the last 25 years during which time it covered just over 90,000 kilometers (67,471 miles.) .

This is absolutely guaranteed to be an original AMG, full steel-bodied example built new and not converted on a used or donor vehicle. It retains its original AMG engine as delivered new.

Vin # listed IS NOT the correct vin. EBAY does not recognize non US vehicle vin numbers. This car can not be sold in California due to emissions rules.

We have a very nice showroom in San Diego, CA and have experience shipping cars throughout the US and Worldwide.
If you are interested and would like to inspect the car personally or have a 3rd party inspection please call us to arrange. You will not be disappointed!

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It’s interesting to see a few differences from the typical 560SEC Widebodys – first, the color, which looks quite different from the normal black these appear in. Then there are the ATS alloys instead of the typically equipped OZ multi-piece wheels. The seats are different too, as usually power Recaros were fit. But as these cars were custom ordered, it’s certainly possible this one was just a bit more strangely equipped. Finally, it’s strange that they alternately refer to the car as a 1989 and 1990 – the VIN decode seems to indicate 8/1988 production. The price is inline with asks on other Widebody examples, and the condition looks to be overall quite good, but I guess I’d like to see a bit more documentation of the history of this particular example and why it’s so equipped. But it’s undeniably cool and will certainly make someone who is well heeled and into this hot market happy.



  1. Kelly Bonds
    Kelly Bonds March 6, 2016

    $159k? Nope.

  2. Kevin
    Kevin March 7, 2016

    Nice car.
    But they missed the decimal by one spot.

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