The E60 AMG is an ultra rare, high-performance version of the W124 E-class dating from the pre-merger era, i.e. before AMG was officially folded into the Mercedes-Benz family. The E60, of which only around 126 were ever built, began life as a 500E, already a rather special car and the product of a Porsche-Mercedes collaboration. Should a buyer select option code 957, their 500E would be sent to the tuners at Affalterbach for further upgrades and come back rebadged as an E60. These upgrades included tweaks to the suspension and a larger, 6.0 liter version of the M119 V8 engine, the same motor as in the famed AMG “Hammer,” pushing power to 376 hp (edit: see the note from Glenn in the comments section re: Hammer).
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This 1991 Mercedes Benz is a pre merge AMG 6.0, 1 owner car is offered for the first time in USA, with the previous owner being a AMG enthusiast in Japan. This particular model is the 4-door variant, and is equipped with the 6.0L, found in the same bodied E60. The AMG is on impressive condition, has only 20.000 km from new, and wears probably the best color combo offered.
The big aero monoblock wheels were the perfect match for the body kit components on this car, and the outer lips set things off nicely. . This one shows the perfect stance.
This car offered with partial service history and all books and manuals in leather AMG pouch.
This car offers an interesting contrast to the 500E that was built on the same platform. This car is feels faster and more balanced compared to 500 E. The later merge AMG cars came later, and not offer same quality ,noise and feel as a pre merge cars.
A VIN check of this car does not show the 957 option code, which suggests that rather than being ordered from the factory as an E60, this car left Germany as a 500E and was then upgraded by a local AMG tuner once it arrived in Japan, where it spent its life before being imported to the US (the car is being offered for sale by a specialist dealer in Philadelphia). I’ll leave it to the AMG enthuasiasts and historians to debate whether this means it’s an “authentic” E60. I believe it is, and the difference between those that left the factory as E60s and those that were converted afterward is really just a distinction between cars that are “ultra, ultra rare” and cars that are simply “ultra rare.”
The blue-black paint (code 199) looks gorgeous and sufficiently menacing over the black leather interior (replete with what appear to be Recaro seats taken from the Death Star), and is set off very nicely by the color-coded, 3-piece AMG rims. The mileage on this example is an incredibly low 12k miles, which would seem to justify the collector-level price. Since cars with very low mileage sourced from Japan can look wonderfully clean on the outside but show neglected internals, potential buyers would want to inspect the car closely, paying particular attention to the partial maintenance history and AMG Japan documentation that is said to be available.
Thanks to our reader Nik for sending this listing in!