1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG
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An immaculate example of AMG’s mini muscle car, finished in rare Alexandrite Green and with a high specification.
The C43 was the first AMG car to be assembled entirely at the Mercedes factory after MB’s total acquisition of AMG in 1998. Replacing the C36, it used the 4.3-litre V8 normally found in E and S-Classes, uprated it to 302BHP and squeezed in the C-Class’s engine bay. The result was a small saloon with tremendous performance. The eight-cylinder urge was allied with excellent handling and a good ride. Here was a car that could cover ground fast in the real world.
The C43 was only made for about two years with only 4200 produced worldwide, making it something of a rarity.
We have only sold one of these before, not just as a result of their low production but also because finding one that has not suffered extensive underbody corrosion is not easy. Fortunately, this example is exactly what we hope to find, an original, unwelded, rust-free car.
First registered in the summer of 1998 by Lancaster Hertford, it was specified with Alexandrite Green paintwork, full black (not the usual duotone) leather, xenon headlights, electric/orthopaedic/heated seats along with the expected climate control, electric windows and so on. The full spec is listed below. An upgraded stereo system was fitted with an additional amplifier earlier in the car’s life.
The majority of the 109k miles the car has were covered within the first 7 years of the car’s life. In more recent years the car has been in storage and covered very few miles.
Due to this period in storage we have carried out a major all fluid/filters service including the transmission and differential. We have also replaced the air conditioning compressor and condenser, plus the oil cooler along with its lines.
As a result this is a very well sorted car that drives beautifully.
All original books and manuals come with the car, a good service history (MB & MB Specialist) and all keys – 2x remote and 1x wallet.
Exterior, interior and the underside are in excellent condition, as the photos show, and the car is an absolute delight to drive.
221 – Left front seat electrically adjustable
222 – Right front seat electrically adjustable
240 – Outside temperature indicator
304 – Elimination of front ashtray
345 – Rain sensor
441 – Steering column manually adjustable
472 – Electronic stability program (ESP)
543 – Illuminated vanity mirrors in sun visors
551 – Alarm
570 – Folding armrest front
580a – Exclusive AMG leather
581 – Automatic climate control
584 – Electric windows
600 – Headlamp wash/wipe
617 – Xenon headlamps
673 – High capacity battery
772 – AMG styling package
774 – Shell modification for AMG wheels
873 – Heated seats
875 – Heated screen wash system
956 – Equipment package Sport