AMG Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC Widebody: the most iconic AMG creation of the 1980s?

The 560 SEC AMG 6.0 Widebody was the ultimate Mercedes Benz in luxury and exclusivity in the 1980s. Based on the Mercedes’ biggest and most expensive coupe, the most noticeable changes to this version is certainly its bodykit. Flared wheel arches allowed the fitment of far wider wheels and tires, inspiring the car’s “wide-body” nickname. The AMG signature also included a lower ground-effects kit. Inside, leather Recaro sports seats were reupholstered by AMG in Germany while the burl wood dash housed a number of controls for a car now considered a vintage car. The stock steering wheel was replaced in favor of the AMG unit. Yet, the AMG Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC featured not only this wide-body package but also a healthy performance upgrade.

AMG Mercedes-Benz 560

The AMG signature

Indeed, the engineers at AMG completely rebuilt the V8 engine, rather than just attaching a cold-air intake and a specific exhaust. They designed new heads including Dual Over Head Camshaft per bank and 32 valves, while expanding the engine capacity from 5.6 litres to 6 litres.  This upgraded V8 produced twice the torque (555 Nm) and unleashed 380 HP at 5,500 rpm. This exceptional power was sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. The 560 SEC AMG 6.0 hence was capable of reaching a top speed of more than 285 km/h, and 0 to 100 km/h sprint of under 6 seconds.

560 SEC AMG 6.0

The AMG engineers did not only modify the engine bay, as they also replaced the suspension with firmer and sporty springs and shocks. The four wheel disc brakes were modified and replaced with larger and more efficient ones. Also on the menu, were iconic 17-inch three-piece rims, Recaro sports seats, chrome door sills and more wood inside the car…

Buying an AMG Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC Widebody

The AMG Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC Widebody now gather crowds whenever they attend car shows. These real head turners are not only fascinating and intimidating, they are also extremely rare. 100 examples of the Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC AMG 6.0 Wide-Body were initially intended to be built, but only 50 were manufactured in total. This car would cost $200,000 in 1989 dollars, more than most Ferraris at the time, which may explain its rarity.

AMG signature

Therefore, finding an AMG Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC Widebody for sale is nowadays difficult. These cars are much sought after, and only few of them are available on the market.

The sales of these cars are always events. Thus a Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC AMG 6.0 “Wide Body” from 1989, estimated between 150,000 – 200,000 €, finally left for 297,500 € at the RM Sotheby’s sale at Rétromobile 2019. And on March 7, 2020, a model fully restored 1990 sold for $ 390,000 at the RM sale | AMELIA ISLAND Sotheby’s. In this context, it is certainly more realistic to move towards 560SEC with simple AMG body kits, a “base” model in good condition trading between 23 and 28,000 euros today in the European Union.

Buying an AMG Mercedes-Benz 560

AMG: a bit of history

AMG was created in 1967 by former Mercedes-Benz engineers H. W. Aufrecht and E. Melcher. The company name came from the first letter of their surnames, the final “G” is for Grossaspach which was Aufrecht’s hometown. AMG ambition was to upgrade engines and offer performance parts that would allow clients to improve their Mercedes-Benz cars.

AMG was originally an independent MB car tuner. Yet, it developed strong relationships with Mercedes over the years, allowing them to have their modified vehicles sold directly through the official MB network of dealer. In 1993, AMG and Mercedes officially built their first car in partnership, the AMG C36. In 1999 Mercedes bought 51% of AMG shares, and fully integrated AMG in the MB group in 2005.


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