As we tend to focus on big-name events like the upcoming Monterey 2022 auctions, it’s easy to miss out on other outstanding offers. If not for some casual browsing, a 1988 Mercedes-Benz AMG Hammer Coupe would have flown under our radar. Thankfully, there is still some time left to outbid everyone else.
It’s a pre-merger high-performance take on a regular Mercedes-Benz 300CE and one of 13 for the U.S. market. Moreover, while most of the allocated units were four-door configurations, only five sported 2+2 seating setups. This 1988 Mercedes-Benz AMG Hammer Coupe is one of those.
Under the hood sits a 6.0-liter DOHC 32-valve M117 V8 engine coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox is from a Mercedes-Benz W126. As you can guess from the name, AMG tuning boosts output to 385 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque. This also replaces the original 3.0-liter inline-six.
Starting with the exterior, the 1988 Mercedes-Benz AMG Hammer Coupe flaunts a Black Pearl Metallic paint job. It features country-specific lighting, headlight wipers, and a sunroof. Meanwhile, the ducktail spoiler, side skirts, fog lights, flared wheel arches, front bumper, and dual exhaust outlets are courtesy of AMG.
It rides on a set of 17” AMG Aero 1 rims in chrome with Black Pearl inserts. These are still wrapped in Dunlop SP Sport 8000 tires from 1992. For safety reasons, the seller recommends buyers replace these if they choose to drive the 1988 Mercedes-Benz AMG Hammer around after purchase.
Likewise, the suspension system is period correct. The cabin boasts gray leather upholstery with elements in black and wood trim on the center console. The 1988 Mercedes-Benz AMG Hammer shows 19,417 original miles on the odometer. As of this writing, bids are already at $320,000.Make it yours
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