1988 Mercedes W124 300 E (AMG Hammer)

This 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300E 3.2L AMG shares its extroverted bodywork with the 6.0L V8-powered Hammer, but is instead powered by a bored and stroked version of the standard M103 inline-six paired to a 4-speed automatic transmission. This AMG was recently imported from Japan and shows just 79k kilometers (~49k miles) from new. This pre-merger car has strong cosmetics inside and out, and benefits from several recent services including new shocks, a valve adjustment, and fresh fluids throughout. The dark grey finish shows well in pictures,. Unlike US-delivered cars of this period, the vast majority of which had contrasting lower body cladding, this car is a uniform color and finish from top to bottom. The forged AMG monoblock wheels are in good condition and some curbing on the photos on the left front wheel has been refinished. The Mercedes grille and emblem are both color matched to the bodywork, and the headlights and turn signals are correct for a non-US car. Apart from several items fitted by AMG when the car was made, the interior of this W124 is standard. The steering wheel is shared with the AMG Hammer, and was made exclusively for AMG. The gauges have white faces for improved visibility. The carpets and upholstery appear well-cared for front and rear. The seats are standard W124 items, rather than the multi-way adjustable sport seats used in the Hammer. Some cracking is present in the dash wood, most noticeably on the center console in between switches. The overall finish appears to be good, with a deep gloss and little apparent fading or discoloration. All interior features work correctly, including the power windows and A/C. The rear cabin appears little used, with clean, taut leather that looks well cared for under studio lights. The W124 did not receive a 3.2L engine from Mercedes until the early 1990s, though AMG’s package for the M103 opened the 3.0L SOHC inline-six up to 3.2L. The modifications included an overbore, longer stroke, and more aggressive cam with solid lifters. These modifications gave the car a substantial increase in power, up from 188 horsepower in a non-catalyzed M103 to a full 230 horsepower. Since coming to the US, this car has been serviced with fresh fluids, a valve adjustment, and new shocks at all four corners. The underside of the car is clean and straight, while the original AMG exhaust is fitted including its chromed tips. While the 3.2 may produce less power than the Hammer, this car offers the same appearance with less weight over the nose for improved handling. This well cared for W124 AMG looks like a solid performer that should be more user-friendly than its V8-powered sibling.

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Added on 12 May 2017

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Vehicle Location: Country: 
United States
Build date: 
built in 1988
Automatic (floor shift / T bar)
49,000 km
Paint Colour/Code: 
Not Available
Interior Colour/Code: 
Black leather
Engine Fuel Type: 
Petrol (4 stroke)
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