Rare U.S.-legal, 6.0 Liter ’88 Mercedes-Benz AMG HAMMER coupe – 1 of 13 built – breaks cover on MB MARKET live online auction. IT’S (AMG) HAMMER TIME! will end on August 4, 2022.

IT’S (AMG) HAMMER TIME!This “Pre-Merger” AMG Hammer coupe is one of only 13 built by AMG in the U.S. and one of an estimated five Hammer coupes built for the U.S. market.

“We at The MB Market are privileged to offer this previously undiscovered AMG Hammer coupe, which has not been offered for sale publicly for over 25 years and has remained under the care of the current owner for nearly two decades,” said Blakley Leonard, co-founder of The MB Market. This is the first time an AMG Hammer is being offered for sale via a U.S.-based auction or any online auction platform worldwide.

At the time this car was built, AMG was still an independent tuning company separate from Mercedes-Benz. It was built by AMG North America in Westmont, IL, during an era when, notoriously, “the only limitation on what could be done to your Mercedes-Benz was the size of your bank account,” added Leonard.

It’s estimated that approximately 30 AMG Hammers were produced worldwide, with only 13 of those built for the North American market and less than five in the desirable coupe variant. It is from the Hammer that the lineage for all modern “luxury performance” cars can be directly traced. This is the car that started it all.

After the car was built in Illinois by AMG, Andy Cohen of Beverly Hills (CA) Motoring reportedly sold the car to a gentleman who drove the car from Beverly Hills to Las Vegas on his first day of ownership. Upon arriving in Las Vegas, he was pulled over for speeding and the car was subsequently seized by the D.E.A. after some illegal substances were found in the car.

“This is more than a car,” continued Leonard. “This is an opportunity to own a piece of automotive history. The car that set the standard for the high-performance luxury sedan as we know it today, and the car that permanently affixed AMG among the all-time greats.

“Without the insane experiment undertaken by AMG to stuff a nearly 400-horsepower, hand-built V8 into a mid-sized luxury sedan, an entire segment of the modern automotive marketplace might not even exist.

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