Mercedes Benz AMG SL 55

Humble Beginnings

The company was formed in 1967 by Hans Werner Aufrecht (A) and his partner Eberhard Melcher (M). The "G" is from Großaspach, Aufrecht's birthplace. AMG first described itself as "engineering, construction and testing specialists in the development of racing engines". These experts had their first base in an old mill in the village of Burgstall (to the north-east of Stuttgart).

Initially, the company concentrated on building racing cars based on Mercedes Benz's 300 SE, and competed in European touring car races. Their first victory came in 1971, when an AMG-modified 300 SEL 6.8 won itS-Class (and came second overall) in the 24 hour race at Belgium's famous Spa Francorchamps circuit. This on-track success has continued since then, most recently with the latest CLK-DTM driven by ex-Formula One star Jean Alesi.

Success wasn't just limited to the track. In the 1970s discerning customers began to develop a taste for developing their premium road cars. Based on their race engineering knowledge, the company earned an enviable reputation for producing high quality refinements and tuning for Mercedes Benz cars.

Over their first three and a half decades, AMG passed a number of significant technological milestones:

Hans Werner Aufrecht (A) and Erhard Melcher (M) found their company at the Old Mill in Großaspach (G), giving it the official title "Engineering office for the Design and Testing of Racing Engines".
The first major sporting triumph for AMG: the AMG Mercedes 300 SEL 6.9 driven by Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickendanz creates a surprise by winning in itS-Class at the Spa 24 Hours and finishing second overall.
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Published : 30/10/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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