1987 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC

AMG 6.0 Wide-Body Coupe
Sale Price
$225,000 - $275,000
Est. Range
10 December 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. WDB1260451A315331; Engine no. 117968 12 025693. Blue-Black Metallic over Anthracite leather. 6.0/385hp V8, automatic, OZ wheels, Bridgestone Potewnza tires, AMG body kit, burl wood door and console trim, Recaro seats, four-spoke AMG-branded Momo steering wheel.

Evaluation: From the Youngtimer Collection. Showing 24,014 km (14,913 miles). Comes with AMG invoices from 1987. Originally a German market car. Entered the consignor’s collection in 2015 with just 65 km (40 miles) on the clock, so he has enjoyed it quite a bit. He didn’t abuse it, though. Only light general wear and age are visible. 

Bottom Line: Much more than a body kit and a handful of slapped-on speed parts, the AMG 6.0 package on this car bored out the stock 5.5-liter M117 V8 to 6.0 liters and added high-performance cams, sand-cast cylinder heads, bigger exhaust and ported intake manifold for an extra 147 hp over stock, plus stiffer suspension and larger brakes. 

The third car of this carefully curated auction and the first of several pre-merger AMGs (rarer, pricier AMGs built before Mercedes-Benz took a controlling interest in the tuning firm in 1999), it set the tone of strong results for this auction at roughly triple its estimate. These early AMGs have grown into being some of the most valuable German cars of the era only recently, but given their rarity, performance and build quality plus the staying power of the Mercedes and AMG brands it makes sense. Even so, this is a new benchmark price. Lot 161 out of this collection, an SEL AMG 6.0 sedan, was in more used condition than this car but still brought a mega result of over twice its high estimate at $257,600. 

by Andrew Newton
17 December 2022
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