Mercedes Benz Flashback – 1971 300SEL 6.8 AMG aka “Red Pig”

In 1971, the 300SEL 6.8 AMG competed in the 24 hours of Spa race and put AMG on the map

Imagine a race track filled with small nimble sport cars, feverishly running around on the course, engines buzzing. Lightweight with a small footprint, they ran around the track with aplomb and established the racing scene for 1950s and 1960s. Now, amid these small racers, insert a red 4dr sedan with a 6.8L engine that’s been massaged by AMG into the mix. It would be a recipe for disaster, right? Guess what, the 300SEL 6.8 won first in its class and second overall at the 24 Hours of Spa. The large sedan had a displacement that more than doubled the displacement of any other engine on the track. It also had 428 horsepower and 448 lb-fts of torque, which was unheard of in 1971. It was the heaviest car on the track, but it had the rear bench seats, air suspension, panel doors and wood trim. Yes, you were racing in the lap of luxury. Unfortunately, the original “Red Pig” was destroyed in a race.

Take a look at the pictures and let us know what you think of this iconic racer!

Mercedes Flashback – The Ultimate Truck: Unimog

Are you a fan of heavy duty vehicles? Do you love big trucks? Then you’ll love the Mercedes-Benz Unimog!

Unimog Mercedes-Benz Body Styles

The Unimog might be the worlds most capable off-road machine. In German, Unimog is an acronym for “UNIversal-MOtor-Gerät.” Where Gerät is the German word for machine or device. The first Unimogs were used in agricultural applications, being used to mow fields or operate saws in the foresting industry. The Unimog was designed with all-wheel-drive and with equal size tires, to enable a higher on road speed. According to Wikipedia, “With their very high ground clearance and a flexible frame that is essentially a part of the suspension, Unimogs are not designed to carry as much load as regular trucks.”

Unimogs are used in several industrial applications, farm uses, municipal uses, and as snow plows. They are extremely versatile and have can be designed to set up for a wide variety of uses. Additionally, portal gears, a very high ground clearance, and flexible frame that allows it go virtually anywhere. The cab allows for high visibility, the steering can be switched from left hand drive to right hand drive for ultra visibility, and there are several different options available for configurating the Unimog.

Although only sold in the USA for around 5 years, the Unimog is still being sold the world over. It is a very nice, capable truck that is a true workforce!


Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Center

Classic Center USA is located in Irvine, CA

mercedes benz classic center

The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, CA is the only manufacturer operated facility in the US to offer complete Mercedes-Benz restoration. Additionally, they have a huge classic parts catalog, enabling owners of classic Mercedes-Benz models to find the parts that they need.

According to Mercedes-Benz, “the Classic Center offers appraisals, provides Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, and can even host your special event.” The Classic Center also offers vehicles for sale. Their current inventory includes a 1955 300SL W198 “Gullwin,” which had its restoration done in 1997 and 1998. It was also converted to a fully aluminum body with plexiglass windows to mimic one of the 29 limited product all-alloy 300sl’s.

Come and celebrate 120 of Mercedes-Benz heritage and excitement by visiting the Class Center in Irvine, CA!

Mercedes Benz Flashback – W124 E36 AMG Coupe

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The W124 E36 AMG was a very rare, special AMG model offered by Mercedes Benz.


Engine: 3,604cc straight-six, Power: 268bhp @ 5,750rpm, Torque: 284lb/ft @ 3,750rpm, Transmission: 4-speed automatic, Weight: 1.540kg.

0-62 MPG in 7.2 Seconds and a top speed of 155 MPH. It featured the same motor found in the C36 AMG.

The body was upgraded with all of the AMG body work at that time, in addition to the gorgeous multi-piece wheels. A true rare AMG car that is fast and looks timeless.


A Rare Find: R129 SL73 AMG – 525 BHP

Silver SL73 AMG with Glass Roof

What do the R129 SL Roadster and the Pagani Zonda super car have in common? The engine! The M120 V12 was used in a limited run of 85 R129 SL73 AMG roadsters. With 7.3 Litres of displacement and 525 BHP, it was the most powerful engine ever put into a SL Roadster at the time.

The massive horsepower and 552 Ft. Lbs. of torque helped the SL73 AMG to accelerate from 0-60 MPH in an estimated 4.8 seconds. Additionally, the brakes and suspension were also given improved components. the The SL73 offered Ferrari levels of performance from a rather heavy Mercedes-Benz roadster.

To make the SL73 AMG, AMG would take a standard SL600, and tweak the engine and other related components to develop the truly special vehicle. The cost to transform your standard SL600 into a SL73 AMG was approximately $50,000 USD at that time.

A rare sight, the SL73 AMG represents the classic Mercedes-Benz style with enormous amounts of power and torque.

A Mercedes-Benz Classic: W124 500E and E500

500E Front End Euro

Hand Built. Porsche Type 2758. Mercedes and Porsche collaboration. 5.0L M118 V8. Flared Fenders.

These facts are about one of the best, factory-built performance cars of the early 1990s: the 500E and E500. Based on the W124 E-Class that debuted for the 1986 model year, the special 500E and E500 were produced from 1991-1994. The only year the E500 was offered was in 1994, where it received the same facelift found throughout the W124 lineup.

Featuring a modified R129 M118 V8 engine, this special W124 made 322 HP and 354 Ft. Lbs. of Torque. Impressive numbers, especially for a vehicle built in the early 90s. Initial acceleration figures measured by automotive enthusiast magazines quoted the 500E as accelerating to 60MPH in 5.5 seconds.

Braking came courtesy of front SL500 R129 Chassis 300 mm disks with 4-piston calipers for early 500E models. Later 93 and up models featured 320 mm front brakes taken from the 600SL R129 Chassis. All 500E and E500 models featured 278 mm rear brakes used in the 500SL R129 Chassis.

The E500/500E chassis featured several tweaks: it was .9mm lower and had a 1.5mm wider track than the basic W124. The body work was also modified, including flared front fenders, an aggressive front air-dam, revised rear bumper, and 225/55-16 sized tires. 

The interior featured 4 bucket seats supplied by Recaro, and came fully loaded expect for a CD Changer and Integrated Cellular Phone. Front seats were heated and the interior was leather clad.

1505 Units were imported to the USA. Considered a classic by many auto enthusiasts as well as Mercedes-Benz, the E500 and 500E were truly special automobiles. Made in limited numbers and with staggering performance for its day, the w124 chassis 500E and E500 desired because they were the ultimate performance sedan of the 1990s.

Values are expected to rise for clean examples. Expect to pay around 10,000$ USD for a moderate mileage decent example. Clean, low-mileage vehicles can cost upwards of 25,000$ USD.


A Mercedes-Benz Classic – The 190E 2.3-16V Cosworth

We revisit one of the most iconic Mercedes-Benz Models of the past, the 190E 2.3-16V Cosworth.

Mercedes 190E Cosworth EVOII


The 190E 2.3-16V was a special homologation model designed jointly by Mercedes-Benz and Cosworth for the German DTM racing series. This special model was unveiled to the public at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show. Having just set a number of world speed records at the oval Nardo tack in Italy, the 1983 unveil was the perfect time to introduce this top-tier 190E model.

A key element that allowed the 190E 2.3-16V to capture the world speed records was the impressive Cosworth developed motor. The engine was made of light alloy, featured dual overhead cams, and 4 valves per cylinder. A Bosch K-Jetronic injection system, rounded out the fuel system. The engine, a derivative of the standard 2.3 4 cylinder Mercedes engine, the 2.3 16V made 185 BHP and a 177 ft. lbs. of torque (167 BPH, 162 torques for USA engine). Impressive figures for that time, allowing the 190E 16V to hit 62 MPH in 7.5 seconds on to a top speed of 143 MPH.

A true classic today, the 190e battled against the BMW M3 during its production. With a 0.32 drag coefficient, a Dog-Leg transmission, self-leveling hydraulic suspension, and electronically controlled limited slip differential it was the most sporting Mercedes-Benz at the time.