Mercedes-AMG collection goes to auction with rare cars and parts

  • More than 20 classic Mercedes-Benz AMG cars to be auctioned
  • Bonhams claims this is the largest collection of pre-merger AMG parts and cars to go on sale
  • AMG was an independent tuning house before Mercedes began collaborating with the company in 1990.

Bonhams will offer a collection of more than 20 AMG modified models Mercedes-Benz classicsas well as what the auction house claims is the largest collection of pre-merger AMG parts across two sales this summer.

Property of the deceased Barry Taylor, San Francisco Bay Area car collector who died in 2020, the collection will be offered for sale in two online auctions. The first, scheduled for June 17 to 24, includes 200 lots. The rest will be sold in a second auction scheduled for July 22-29.

Highlights include several notable cars from AMG’s days as an independent tuner, before it began collaborating with Mercedes on factory-built cars in 1990, before becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of the automaker in 2005.

One of these cars is a Mercedes-Benz 500 TE AMG 1979, a modified version of the W123 generation wagon (predecessor of the current E-Class) equipped with a 5.2-liter V8 and a 5-speed manual transmission. It is expected to sell for between $150,000 and $180,000.

1976 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC Coupe 6.9 “The Green Machine” (Credit: Bonhams|Cars)

Another lot presented is a 1976 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC Coupe 6.9 nicknamed The Green Machine. Rumored to have been built for the former head of European bank Dresdner, it would be equipped with the 6.9-liter M100 V8 engine from the 450 SEL 6.9 sedan, also connected to a 5-speed manual transmission. speeds. It also features a period-correct body kit and a green velor interior, including Recaro sports seats covered in the same material. It is expected to sell for between $45,000 and $60,000.

But perhaps just as important is the amount of coins that are also being auctioned. According to Bonhams, this will likely be the last offering of such a large volume of pre-merger AMG parts in the United States, making it an important resource for owners and restorers.

“This is a restaurateur’s dream come true,” Kurt Forry, automotive specialist at Bonhams, said in a statement. “It’s like walking into a pre-1990 AMG dealership and having the chance to sift through a cache of original parts.”

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