AWESOME CLASSIC RARE IMPERIAL RED MERCEDES BENZ C36 AMG - ONE FOR THE COLLECTORS
The Mercedes-Benz AMG C36 falls in the latter category. With a new price of $154,900 when launched in 1995 only the very well-heeled could afford it, but 10 years later many more of us can afford to drive one of the great sports sedans of the last decade.
The C36 was the result of the partnership between Mercedes-Benz and its performance partner AMG, which had built a strong reputation for its tuned versions of regular Mercedes-Benz sedans. AMG began tuning Mercedes-Benz cars back in the 1960s, but today is part of Daimler and its work is now done in-house.
The C36 started life like any other humble C-Class; it only grew horns after being transported across town to the AMG factory where it underwent surgery of the most radical kind in the process of being transformed into a super sports sedan.
When it emerged from the ’Benz bunker it was a C280 with a 2.8-litre straight six-cylinder engine, but by the time it left the AMG factory the engine was stretched to 3.6 litres courtesy of a larger bore and longer stroke and was a ’bahn-storming C36.
Inside, the compression ratio had been raised to 10.5: 1, a new inlet camshaft worked with a high flow inlet manifold to ease the charge into the engine, and enlarged exhaust ports and a free flow exhaust system.
With revised electronics to make the best use of the changes the enlarged engine put out 206 kW at 5750 revs and 385 Nm at 4000 revs. That put it into the company of other hot sports sedans like the BMW M3 and 540i, and the homegrown HSV GTS.
Naturally the C36 wasn’t just about its engine, it also had a beefed-up four-speed auto taken from the S-Class and a sportier torque convertor. An updated model in late 1996 saw the four-speed auto replaced by a five-speed.
Underneath, its suspension was lowered and retuned with new springs and shocks, while the steering was sharpened even though it was still lacking in feel much as most Mercedes do. Along with the extra speed the C36 also featured massively increased braking power with brakes taken from the S-Class with an overlay of anti-skid and traction control electronics for added safety.
Large 17-inch alloy wheels and low profile tyres completed the sporty package and were the main clues to the C36’s performance potential. There were other things that made you take a second look, but the C36 was a subtle package, the sort that caught others unaware when the lights turned green.
A combination of a new front spoiler, side skirts and rear airdam along with some subtle AMG badges helped give it a meaner look than its regular cousins. As would be expected of a car costing almost $155,000 the C36 was packed with luxury features,
This car has had a small restoration
Resprayed original colour, New Brakes and Rotors , Stabiliser bars, Roof lining in Black, new leather armrests, Rocker Cover painted with new gaskets and seals, Tailshaft bearings and doughnuts, Rebuilt Transmission, Sunroof replaced, Interior is immaculate, Tinted windows, new Battery, New keys, fully serviced, fragile loom to transmission has been replaced,New Coils,Leads,Iridium Spark plugs,all filters including cabin,oil,fuel,fuel pump, Too much to list
The only issues are a few scratches on the passenger glass, small oil leak
The car will come with period-correct 17inch Monoblocks
Imperial Red with full black hide
Fully registered in NSW, ideal investment!
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