1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG

1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG

Marking the start of a decades long trend, the C43 was AMG’s first post-merger production car with a big V8 up front, and drive wheels at the back. This low mileage example beautifully showcases an important car in the AMG lineup.

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AMG tuned 4.3 liter V8, making 302 horsepower and 302 pound feet of torque.

Mercedes-AMG 5G-tronic “722.6” 5-speed automatic.

The W202 C43 AMG is a steel unibody chassis.

C43 AMG models received higher spring rates and stiffer Bilstein shocks from the factory. Handling remained compliant and comfortable, and allowed for more athleticism in the corners. Multi-link suspension in the rear is complemented by coil-on-perch control arms in the front.

If  you’re adding power, you’d better add brakes. AMG did just that with the C43 by supplying the car with 13.2 inch front, and 11.8 inch rear rotors. This braking system is from the Europe-only E50 AMG, and are housed within signature Mercedes monobloc AMG wheels. Those wheels are staggered, of course. Power is put through 245/40-17 rear tires, and up front 225/45-17 is utilized. Michelin Pilot SX series tires are utilized here.

Accordion Content

AMG white-face dials and two tone leather greet the driver in the cockpit.

This C43 AMG was optioned with rain sensing wipers, auto climate control, headlight cleaning wipers, and an upgraded BOSE sound system.

With just 33,000 miles, this C43 is in remarkably original condition. As a driver’s car, the purity of earlier AMG models is unmatched. As a collector’s piece, the market is showing strong signs for 90’s sporty models.

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