In 1971 history was created and that still reverberates until today, even after nearly 50 years.
Two former engineers of Mercedes-Benz, Hans Werner Aufrecht from Großaspach (Grossaspach, a town in Germany) and Erhard Melcher formed AMG (adopting the first 3 letters of the words) to do tuning of Mercedes-Benz cars. They had so much knowledge about the inner working of Mercedes cars that they thought they can get more out of it.
So they take a Mercedes-Benz’s 300SEL model with a V8 6.3 litre engine, bore the engine to larger 6.8 litre, giving it a higher output of 428 hp. Special suspensions are provided that keeps the car unusually low. Automatic gear box was installed. Flared arches were provided to cover the protruding tyres. To reduce curb weight, the body was given aluminium doors.
The partners label the car as AMG and take it for a test drive that does about 265 km/hr. Because of her frontal portly looks, people label it as the “Röte Sau” or the Red Pig. Some even tease it as the Red Monster. But what people didn’t know about this car was how it set the course of future history for Mercedes-Benz.
On 25th July, 1971 at an endurance race called Spa 24 hours in Belgium, two drivers Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickentanz raced the car # 35. Starting 5th from the grid the car raced all day and night as it roared along and kept pace with the other cars in the front. Overall, this car comes second and sets a new record. Observers say that this AMG would have certainly stood first had the car not made several stops at the pit for refueling (because of its powerful engine) and changing tyres.
But critics were silenced forever and the Red Pig became history. It was only after this car that Mercedes-Benz adapted the word AMG for all her machines that are tuned for higher performance and this relationship continues even today.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- On plinth (platform base) and plexiglas hard-display case|
|- Limited pieces created|
|- In special Mercedes Benz AMG box|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6.5 x 3.5 x 3|