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Old 01-10-2002, 07:06 PM
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While searching for the elusive E36, I came across a site that claims the following (http://www.4car.co.uk/crash/index.jsp?page=10&newsid=2762):

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AMG (Aufrecht Melcher Grossaspach) was founded in 1967 by Hans-Werner Aufrecht, a former Mercedes engineer, and his business partner Erhard Melcher to design and test racing engines; the business expanded into building one-off bespoke road cars for customers, developed from standard Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

By the 80s, the company was producing unofficial upgrade packages and styling kits for Mercedes vehicles, but the first formal partnership with was discussed in 1985.

The first Mercedes-sanctioned collaboration was in 1988, on cars for the German Touring Car championship. AMG then produced aftermarket wheels and styling products for Mercedes in 1991, and the first road-going model to officially wear an AMG badge was the C36 AMG of 1994. The E36 AMG and SL60 AAMG followed, and AMG also worked on the CLK GTR supercar.

In 1999, Mercedes-Benz took a majority stake in AMG, and its shareholding will increase each year until 2009, when it will take full ownership.

Under this alliance, Mercedes is moving build of the AMG models onto its standard production lines - all AMG models except the E55 versions are now integrated into the usual assembly process.

However, when the current E-Class range is replaced next year, the AMG model in that range will be built with the others. This is to free the AMG facilities up for more development and engine work, as well as returning to its roots by making special-order, bespoke customer vehicles.

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:-) neil
1988 360TE AMG
1993 500E
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