Mecedes-Benz Celebrates AMG’s 45th Birthday by Reviewing its History

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AMG has been around since 1967 – we bet you didn’t know that – and its success story is amazingly interesting, mostly due to the immediate success it had. The AMG project actually began as a side job for Hans-Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher. The two gained notoriety by modifying the 300 SE’s engine into quite the racer, by installing direct fuel injection back in the mid-1960s.

In 1967, Aufrecht and Melcher left Benz-Daimler and started AMG in a small workshop in a barn. The real success came in the 1970s when AMG developed a 300 SEL 6.8 like no one had ever seen before. It was tuned up to 320 ponies at 4,750 rpm and 541 Nm (399 pound-feet) of torque at 3,500. This allowed the heavy 300 SEL to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.5 seconds, and easily win its class at the 24-hour race in Spa Francorchamps and take a second place overall finish.

The history lesson that Mercedes-Benz gives us on the AMG brand is available online in its fullest and progresses through each decade and even gives us a look at what the future holds for AMG. It outlines the AMG E-Cell and talks about its racing future too, which continues to look rather promising.

So head on over to Mercedes-Benz’s site and have a look at the history of AMG. It’s a pretty easy read and is broken down into small, easy-to-understand sections. Happy B-day, AMG, we hope to see 45 more from you!


Source: AMG

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  (728) posted on 08.17.2012

With their 45 years in business, their experience has grown as well as their keen eye on the designs of the car.

  (473) posted on 08.16.2012

They are already on their 45 years, and I expect that with the following years, Mercedes-Benz has equipped with a supercharged engine that boosted to a thousand ponies.

  (467) posted on 08.16.2012

They’ve learned and earned a lot from the Mercedes Benz. AMG grew as one of the most admired tuning company.

  (463) posted on 08.16.2012

At least, they come up on their 45th year and still counting. I know that AMG will continue to provide better tuning programs on their Mercedes Benz.

  (807) posted on 08.15.2012

I’m expecting for more models from them now that they have achieved the 45th year mark.

  (507) posted on 08.15.2012

It’s hard to stay on a business for 45 years. It needs the trust of the consumers and their continuous patronization of the customers.

  (683) posted on 08.14.2012

Why they have to review the historical achievement of the AMG? It’s much better if they provide limited edition for their 45 years in business.

  (325) posted on 08.14.2012

45 years passed and still Mercedes has the historic achievements in the business. I also wish the AMG a happy birthday.

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