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1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

There’s always some debate when an E36 BMW M3 equipped with an automatic gearbox appears on GCFSB. Seems like an out of place option, but I’ve become more accepting of it as I age. A sign that I’m going soft? Perhaps. A bit further north of BMWs home turf, Mercedes-Benz was busy with AMG in the mid-1990s creating their first official in-house collaboration after the company absorbed the tuning firm a few years earlier. Available only with a 4-speed automatic gearbox, the C36 AMG was not what you would call a direct successor to the famous Cosworth tuned 190Es, but it took that prior concept in a more luxury oriented direction per the 500E/E500 formula. This C36 for sale in Arizona has a reasonable 77,000 miles on the clock and is a good way to enjoy your speed discreetly.

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Year: 1996
Model: C36 AMG
Engine: 3.6 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 77,220 mi
Price: $13,900 Buy It Now

Up for auction the week, Canyon State Classics brings to market a super low mileage 1996 Mercedes Benz C36 AMG package. As the brochure describes it, AMG “bored out, beefed up, forged, stroked, shaped, tightened, and tuned” the luxury sedan, squeezing 3.6 liters from the stock 2.8L 6 cylinder. They also boosted HP from 194 to 278 and dropped 0-60 time from 8.3 to 5.9. The C36 is officially the very first AMG model to be imported into the US.

This rare example has only 77,000 miles and always owned by older drivers who babied it! The car was bought new right here in Phoenix, AZ at Phoenix Motor Company on January 20th 1996. It is a two owner car and has been in the dry salt free environment since new. This car had an original price of over $58,000 out the door in 1996, so don’t miss your chance to own it for a fraction of what has been invested. BID NOW!!

The following is a list of options as this C 36 is currently equipped:

– Base MSRP $53,230

– 3.6L 6-Cyl.

– 4 Speed Automatic Transmission

– 4 Wheel Disc Brakes (Same Size as SL600)

– 17″ AMG Alloys w/ BRAND NEW Continental Sport Radials

– Auto Climate Control

– Cruise Control

– Black AMG Leather and Interior

– Original MB Audio System

– Power Seats

– Telescoping Steering

– Power windows

– Power mirrors

– Power Locks w/ Keyless Entry

– Etc….

The car is finished in beautiful Brilliant Silver and is gorgeous and was just fully buffed and hand waxed. The body on the car is laser straight, and does not have even a single door ding. Paint is all in excellent shape and is original other than bumpers which were just redone to make the car perfect. This Benz has always been garage kept and pampered its entire life and really shows. The car is equipped with the AMG option group which includes a beautiful interior, AMG emblems, exhaust tips, body kit, and specially designed staggered AMG alloy wheels. Another distinguishing feature is the carbon fiber door pillars. The car was also just updated to the newer style Avantgarde grille and flat Mercedes hood emblem.

The car is riding on 17″ AMG Monoblock alloy wheels, specifically designed for the C36. They are wrapped in BRAND NEW Continental Performance radials. The original wheels all just had the lips refinished and are perfect with no damage.

The beautiful black leather interior and is all original and looks like new. The car has brand new original MB floor mats, complete set of tools, jack, and 3 keys. Everything works in the car. Lights, gauges, radio, seats, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc. The car will also include all of its original books, quick reference guides, and service history. It also has the original full size AMG spare and tire.

Mechanically, this Benz is in perfect condition and runs and drives great. It has very healthy and very quick 3.6L. These AMG engines are hand built by a single engine builder to ensure the highest quality. The car has a very strong automatic transmission that shifts perfect. The motor puts out 278hp and is plenty to move this nimble C Class around. The car has just been serviced at an Mercedes Benz Certified shop at 76,000 miles with Mobil 1 Synthetic and also a new water pump and coolant flush. This car is very clean under the hood and really shows how its previous owner took excellent care of it. The previous owner of this car obsessed maintaining this C36. The car

This car is ready to go! The car is in excellent condition inside and out. The exterior of this AMG is stunning in Silver with Black interior and is definitely the most desired color combination for the C36 Mercedes. This is a super rare C36 and will make an excellent driver or collector’s item, and with these super low miles…you can’t go wrong! This car is also CARFAX certified!

If you have any additional questions please call Jon at 480-703-2337. The car is located in beautiful sunny Scottsdale, AZ. Please email or call with any questions and I welcome international bidders! I can also help with shipping quotes and arrangements.


I never realized it until recently, but the C36 was a rare Mercedes, which makes sense because I can count on one hand the amount I’ve seen on the streets in the last few years. According to the The Standard Catalog of Mercedes-Benz, 979 examples were sold over three model years in the US. It seems more people tend to lust after the later V8 equipped W202 AMG variant, but the 3.6 liter engine in this car isn’t down on too much power (even if the soundtrack is a little less engaging). If you want a lot of exclusivity for not a lot of money, these early AMG W202s are a great buy.