Wednesday, October 27, 2010

1997 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

This is one of the true automotive bargains out there.

The Mercedes Benz C36 AMG was the first AMG car sold officially through Mercedes Benz dealerships.

These cars are amazingly quick sedans. 60 MPH comes in 6.4 seconds and it has an electronically limited top speed of 155 MPH.

AMG also upgraded the suspension and gave it different tires and wheels. To distinguish it from a standard C280, AMG gave it some "special" body molding.

The interior is, for the most part, straight from the C Class with just an AMG steering wheel denoting that this car is something special.

Like all Mercedes Benz cars, the C36 AMG is durable, but when things do fail replacement parts are extremely expensive. I suspect that parts exclusive to AMG are even more expensive.

This C36 is a very clean, high mileage (162,000) example. It appears to have been well taken care of and, according to the seller, was recently serviced.

The C36 AMG is at the bottom of its depreciation curve. Prices are ridiculously low. This car, which is on the higher end of the price scale, is being offered for $6995.00

Located in Seattle, WA, click here to see the Craigslist ad. (The seller is a dealer who has some other nice cars on the lot. You can find their website here.)


Unknown said...

Now that's a rare car!!
Watching the pictures I noticed that the car appears to ride higher than the Euro-spec version and also a has a wood trim. Both things are not frequent in the C36's I've seen here in Spain
This huge engine looks durable but the car is quite fast even by today standards.
I would mind to have one in my garage!


Anonymous said...

That's right. The us-spec c36 for 1997 had wood trim and the suspension is not as low. A super fun car to drive , and the exhaust note is beautiful.

Unknown said...

I just bought this same car in portland Oregon. Small world. Im in the process of refreshing all the suspension. It's actually not that expensive to work on. You just have to do more leg work. Mine has 180k and runs fantastic. A lot of fun. Id still trade it for a 1995 bmw 540i manual though... Maybe