This 1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG was owned by Mercedes-Benz when new for 1-2k miles and moved to Manhattan Beach, California in 1999 with the first registered owner. The second owner, a lifetime Southern California resident has kept the car in Aptos, CA since purchasing the C43 in 2007 with 31k miles on the odometer. The car now shows 156,921 documented miles, 125k of which have been added by the seller since 2007. Finished in Brilliant Silver Metallic (744) over a Silver and Black (588) Nappa Leather interior, power comes from an AMG-tuned 4.3-liter M113 V8 paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. Recent service includes a B-Service plus a new fuel filter, new water pump, new spark plugs, a transmission fluid and filter service, and a fresh smog renewal for California registration. This C43 is one of 579 units shipped for the North American market in 1998 and one of 1125 total C43’s in the market. Features include an electric tilt/slide sunroof, automatic climate control, a ski bag pass through between the rear seat and trunk, and heated front seats. This C43 AMG currently shows 156,921 miles on the odometer and is offered with manufacturer's literature, two original keys, unused custom sheepskin seat covers, thorough maintenance records since new, a clean Carfax report, and a clean California title.
The car is finished in Brilliant Silver Metallic (744) and features AMG-specific ground effects including sculpted bumpers, side skirts, and AMG twin exhaust. Additional exterior features include a power sunroof, integrated antenna, and factory smoked tail lamps. The accident-free Carfax denotes a clean history and paintwork appears to be original. The lower grille insert is noted to be missing.
Staggered 17” AMG Monoblock wheels are finished in silver-painted faces with machined lips. The wheels show light signs of curb rash on the lips. All four wheels wear Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires measuring 225/45 up front and 245/40 out back with 2020 date codes all around.
The cabin is trimmed in Silver and Black (588) Nappa Leather across the seats, door cards, head rests, shift knob, and steering wheel. All leather surfaces are reported to be original and nicely kept. The steering wheel retains original Black leather accented with perforated silver upper leather while the stock shift knob matches with a silver leather insert. Original C43 AMG embroidered floor mats remain in the cabin and can be seen in the gallery below. The center console, door cards, cup holder, and upper dashboard are accented with Burl Walnut veneers with the upper dash showing no signs of fading or cracking. The center console around the shift knob shows some light dappling in the veneer and the mirror adjustment knob is broken but still functional. Features include power adjustable mirrors, power adjustable and heated front seats, automatic climate control, the stock Becker head unit, and power lowering rear headrests.
The digital odometer shows 156,921 original miles, 125k of which have been added by the seller since 2007. White AMG instrument dials include a 160-mph speedometer and a 7k-rpm tachometer along with gauges for engine temperature and fuel level. Digital readouts display the time and outside temperature with all pixels displaying as they should.
The 4.3-liter M113 V8 was factory rated at 302 horsepower and 302 lb-ft of torque and drives the rear wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission. The seller has kept all records since new, which can be viewed in the gallery below. Most recently, services include a B-Service plus a new fuel filter, new water pump, new spark plugs, a transmission fluid and filter service, and a fresh smog renewal for California registration. In addition the owners long-term technician has checked the engine for any leaks and the report came back clean in preparation for the sale.
This C43 AMG currently shows 156,921 miles on the odometer and is offered with manufacturer's literature, two original keys, unused custom sheepskin seat covers, thorough maintenance records since new, a clean Carfax report, and a clean California title.
As one of just over 1000 examples produced for the US market, it’s easy to overlook just how rare the W202 AMG cars are, especially today as many have met their fate or suffer from extensive modification. From power and handling to refinement and class, the W202 C43 AMG does it all and this mid-merger example has our attention for a number of reasons. Most of all, records like these are rarely seen more than 20 years into ownership and certainly shouldn’t be overlooked from a value perspective. The M113 is a staple V8 of AMG heritage and continues to be one of the most robust and reliable engines ever offered. These analog V8’s have already been phased out of the market and become rarer by the year. Don’t miss an opportunity to own one of the last true AMG muscle cars.
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