Already the owner of an ’85 500 SEC, Henric first heard about the possibility that there was an actual factory AMG car in the desert when searching for an AMG muffler for his current car.The car it came off of was found to be an authentic 1983 AMG built car that still had it’s 5.4 liter engine intact and it’s wide fender flares, although some other key ingredients such as the headers had already been plucked from it. Away on vacation without cell phone coverage right in the midst of the eye of the storm as all of this started to materialize, a group of fellow enthusiasts who knew Henric’s passion for these rare vehicles got together and purchased it for him while he was away.
Upon his return from his trip some time later, he transported the car back to his home in Los Angeles and surveyed what he had. Turns out the car was truly a basket case, so he and his wife decided to use the opportunity to take their current SEC and recreate it into a wide body AMG using measurements and exact molds taken from the donor car. That included reproducing a 13 piece fiberglass fender flare body kit with new valances and rocker panels. To offset the costs of restoration, they would sell extra sets of the now-out-of-production pieces to fellow AMG enthusiasts.
It’s original bored, stroked and polished AMG 5.4 liter solid lifter M117 engine was completely rebuilt to concours condition and was put aside until their current 5.0 starts to give up, as it is modified and running strong at the moment.
Nothing was overlooked in the build, including sourcing a period correct pull out Alpine stereo, wood from Madera Concepts and even going as far as to have a replica of the original “AMG 5.4” badge made utilizing the only one known left to exist in New Zealand. Appropriately, it will be put on the car once that engine is installed.
The end finished result looks stunning and bad ass at the same time, with it’s menacing black on black treatment and 315-35/17 inch steamrollers tucked up under the rear fender flares.
Although I doubt he will be entertaining thoughts of selling it any time soon, you are still encouraged to visit the site he created, www.Mercedes-AMG-Classic.com, which shows his finished car and keeps us enthusiasts reminded of a time before 2000 when AMG was just a tuner shop in Germany started by two stray Daimler-Benz engineers back in 1967…
…who went on to build some of the most memorable performance sedans we have ever seen, including the Red Sow and later The Hammer. We thank Henric for letting us share his story and for keeping such an accurate depiction of the original Aufrecht Melcher Grossaspach alive.