The Mercedes-AMG brand celebrates its 45th birthday this year

November 6, 2012 • New Models, News

In celebration of 45 incredible years of high-performance AMG models, Mercedes-Benz is pulling out all the stops to make 2012 a year to remember.

The history of Mercedes-AMG spans almost five decades, having started from a single racing engine. Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher produced the dynamic and forward-thinking engine for the 300 SE in 1965, and the AMG company was formally established two years later, using the pair’s initials and that of Aufrecht’s birthplace, Grossaspach.

Success swiftly followed – wins on the track and in endurance races, the launch of numerous popular models, and the introduction of bespoke modifications for customers. Worldwide demand for AMG models boomed in the late 70s, and has steadily continued up to the present day, with plenty of turbocharged sports cars and engines added to the roster along the way.

Now, after 45 years of quality car manufacture, a brand new and limited edition AMG model has been produced to mark the occasion – the SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary. The car is one of the most exclusive in the world, and will be produced in a run of just five vehicles, showcasing some of the finest aspects of AMG racing design and engineering.

From the hand-fitted 6.3-litre engine to the gullwing doors with “45 Years of Driving Performance” in embossed lettering, the SLS AMG GT3 is truly an original, and the ultimate purchase for any Mercedes-Benz collector or high-performance car enthusiast. And if that isn’t enough, each of the five buyers of the special edition will also receive their keys at the Mercedes-AMG HQ in Affalterbach, Germany, including a tour of the facility and optional racetrack coaching.                                                                                          

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