The German tuning brand AMG was founded in 1967 by Hans Werner Aufrecht (A) and Eberhard Melcher (M). The G was derived from Aufrecht’s birthplace, namely Grossaspach (G).
Activities saw the light of day in an old mill in Burgstall, in the vicinity of Affalterbach, where very soon the first factory was built. Since then activities have developed over four factories on the same location in the neighbourhood of Stuttgart.
It did not take long for a first success to appear. During the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in 1971 the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL AMG, manned by the Heyer-Schickentanz duo, claimed second place and the class win. A replica of this car will be a show at Autoworld.
The company’s core activity, the tuning of cars, boosted its reputation worldwide. In 1990 Mercedes-Benz and AMG signed an agreement whereby the cars could also be sold in the German manufacturer’s showrooms. Business was rife, among others thanks to numerous race successes. In 1999, 51% of the shares were bought by Mercedes-Benz, in 2005 they bought the remaining shares.
During the previous twenty years in DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) AMG clinched no less than 13 drivers’ titles and six constructors’ titles. There were also victories in the FIA GT class and in the last three years the F1 team brought home three world titles. The safety-car driven during the Grand Prix races is also a Mercedes AMG.
A half century of AMG embodies fifty years of emotions, dynamism and driving pleasure.
In September some 12 models will be on show at Autoworld, among which most probably a W129 55 AMG, a W107 AMG, an SLS AMG and a 300 SEL 6.3 (replica).
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Parc du Cinquantenaire 11
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