1992 Mercedes-Benz 300 CE

3.4 AMG 'Brabus Widebody'

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1992
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    122
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' London event, 6 November 2021.
Estimate:
£50,000 - £60,000 GBP

  • Built in highly desirable AMG specification and further modified by Brabus
  • Thought to be one of just 25 examples of the 300 CE 3.4 AMG
  • Delivered new to Germany; spent 13 years in Japan; imported to the U.K. in 2015
  • Presented in an attractive Blue Black Metallic over Black leather colour combination
  • Shown as part of “The Youngtimers” theme at the London Concours in 2021
  • Offered for sale with jack, spare wheel, tool roll and warning triangle

Building on its well-regarded W124 platform, Mercedes-Benz catered to speed enthusiasts with the AMG 3.4 CE, a highly tuned version of the “300 CE-24” coupé that is understood to have been limited to just 25 models—all of which were left-hand drive. The AMG-tuned, naturally aspirated, 3.4-litre, inline, six-cylinder engine, rated at 268 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, was revered for its thrilling performance and represented a marked improvement over the standard 300 CE.

While all 300 CE 3.4 AMG models left the factory in impressive configuration, this example pushed the envelope even further, customised with a widebody package from noted German tuner Brabus. Further to the front splitter and flared arches expected of the AMG customisation process, the car gains unique Brabus features such as badges on the front, rear and sides; black-and-silver, 18-inch, split-rim, alloy wheels; custom exhaust set-up; and stylistic changes inside the car, such as branded Brabus pedals. This 300 CE 3.4 AMG is the only known example to wear the Brabus “Widebody” body kit.

Believed to have been built in August 1992, the car was ordered by a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Koblenz, Germany, with options including a five-speed automatic transmission, automatic limited-slip differential, electric sliding sunroof, air conditioning, sports chassis and the AMG engineering package. The car was manufactured in a Blue Black Metallic exterior colour with a Black leather interior. While the early history of the car is unclear, it is understood that the Mercedes-Benz left Europe for Japan in 2002. It spent 13 years in the country, where AMG-badged cars—and Brabus conversions—are known to be extremely popular. It is understood that the car could be returned to AMG-specification if so desired.

In 2015, the 300 CE 3.4 AMG was brought into the United Kingdom by its incumbent owner. The current custodian of the car has spent more than £5,600 on maintenance and upgrades since then, as can be seen with the collection of workshop invoices that are included as part of the sale. Most notable work includes the replacement of the head gasket, camshaft gaskets, timing cover seal, engine mount, bell housing cover and water pump in 2016, and new front and rear shock absorbers in 2020. In June 2021, the Mercedes-Benz formed part of “The Youngtimers” theme at the London Concours. The car shows 101,419 kilometres on its odometer at the time of cataloguing. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/lf21.