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1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC with AMG bits


A couple of years ago this video of a murdered-out 560SEC AMG surfaced on Jalopnik and I fell in love. Not only did the car have tremendous, old-school presence, the film showed an owner who wasn’t afraid to smoke the back tires while driving it quickly and aggressively. Hooning the large, pillar-less brute looked like tremendous fun. Unfortunately, authentic AMG cars from the pre-merger period don’t come to market very frequently. And when they do, they are usually priced well beyond the means of mere mortals like myself (you can see examples we’ve featured before here, here and here). A cheaper alternative would be to find a regular SEC that has had some AMG exterior parts installed, like this one.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC on eBay

1 Year: 1989
Model: 560SEC
Engine: 5.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 116,000 mi
Price: No reserve auction with $14,995 Buy It Now

Incredible car in great condition! Photos speak for the way the car has been cared for ! Shows minimal normal wear ! Own an awesome car at an awesome price ! Have owned for I believe 10 yrs ! Garaged kept and covered! Comes with Mercedes cover ! Original owner was nba basketball star! No reserve ! Must see ! No reserve ! Any questions please ask!! Only notible issues are 1. Drivers window switch needs to be replaced which I will have done by Mercedes at my coat and 2. CD player needs new faceplate which I will have professionally done ! sunroof and headliner have been professionally redone as are a common issue for this model comes with reciepts! I still have original records and books and car fax from when I purchased !! More pictures available !!! Questions please ask !! Won’t be disappointed and feel free to contact to set up a preview !!

4This appears to be a standard 560SEC with an AMG exterior body kit, AMG Aero I wheels and smoked turn signals and tail lights. The exterior paint is 199 black pearl (blue-black) and sits over a cream beige leather interior. There are no mechanical or engine upgrades listed, which means that this car runs the standard 5.6 liter M117 engine with 116k miles on the odometer. The photos in the auction show the exterior and interior to be in good condition. I’m not a fan of the chrome trim combined with the smoked lights and blacked-out color scheme. I think that if you’re going to go for the murdered out look, you have to go all in and get rid of the chrome. But that is a relatively minor quibble and overall the car presents handsomely. 

The ad copy isn’t exactly bristling with detail, so it’s hard to tell whether the AMG bits are authentic and I know many purists care a lot about this sort of thing. There is a picture of the window sticker but it doesn’t mention any AMG options, suggesting they were added later. The desirable Aero I wheels look legit, but the body kit could be one of those cheap, fiberglass replicas you often see listed on eBay. It does appear to fit correctly, which counts in favor of it being authentic. Since the seller doesn’t say anything about the provenance of the AMG parts, I would suggest that any potential buyers ask some pointed questions to establish when and where they were installed. 

Bidding starts at $9k without a reserve and there has been no action at the time of writing. If the car sells for something around that point and checks out in person, I think that’s a reasonable price to pay for a slice of 80s AMG cool, even if it doesn’t have the mechanicals to back up the looks.

– Craig