This 1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG was sold new in Virginia on July 31, 2000 to the first owner who kept the car through January 2017 with consistent dealer service throughout. The third and current owner purchased the car in June of 2017 with 129k on the odometer and a complete folder of records assembled by the first and second owners. This C43 AMG now shows 161k documented miles, 32k of which have been added by the seller since purchasing. Finished in Obsidian Black Metallic (197) 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. In addition to regular service, maintenance, and inspections, this C43 touts a fully rebuilt 722.6 transmission from Blue Ridge MB in Georgia, a complete folder of service records back to new, and a full paint correction. This example is one of 546 units shipped for the North American market in 1999 and one of 1,125 total C43’s in the market. Features include Xenon headlamps, an electric tilt/slide sunroof, automatic climate control, a ski bag pass through between the rear seat and trunk, heated front seats, an original StarTAC mobile phone, and automatic climate control with REST functionality. This C43 AMG is offered by the current owner with the original window sticker, original owners manuals and books, manufacturer's marketing literature, two original keys, thorough maintenance records since new, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Georgia title.
The car is finished in Obsidian Black Metallic (197) and features AMG-specific ground effects including sculpted bumpers, side skirts, and AMG twin exhaust. Additional exterior features include Xenon headlamps, a power sunroof, integrated antenna, and factory smoked tail lamps. The nose of the car displays light rock chips normal for the age of the car along with a small crack in the right front marker light and a driver’s rear view mirror that no longer self-tints. The body of the car reportedly shows original paint and is accented by a silver pinstripe down the beltline. The paint was ceramic coated in 2019.
Staggered 17” AMG Monoblock wheels are finished with silver-painted faces with machined lips. The wheels show no signs of curb rash on the lips or marring on the faces. All four wheels wear Michelin Pilot Sport AS3+ tires measuring 225/45 up front and 245/40 out back with 2018 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 with some discoloration at the top of the steering wheel. The steering wheel retains original Black leather accented with perforated silver upper leather while the stock shift knob matches with a silver leather insert and “Sport” branding. Original C43 AMG embroidered floor mats remain in the cabin and can be seen in the gallery below with silver-accented stitching along the edges. The center console, door cards, cup holder, and upper dashboard are accented with Burl Walnut veneers showing no signs of fading or cracking. The cup holder is shown and noted as functional along with the Burl Wood cover. Features include heated multi-contour power front seats, automatic climate control, power adjustable mirrors, the stock Becker head unit, and power lowering rear headrests. The multi-contour seat bladders are noted to have stopped working.
The digital odometer shows 161k original miles, 32k of which have been added by the seller since purchasing in 2017. 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 in orange.
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 rebuilt and reinforced five-speed automatic transmission. The seller has kept all records since new which can be viewed in the gallery below. The reinforced transmission was built in 2019 with 144k on the odometer by Blue Ridge MB in Georgia. The donor transmission came from a W211 E55 AMG showing 62k miles and was rebuilt with upgraded parts. The first transmission service occurred on schedule in 2020 at 150k miles. Records for this service can be seen below. The owner notes the hood liner is starting to fall and can be seen in the gallery.
The attached Carfax lists no accidents or damage and shows consistent dealer service with all three owners along with 37 history records. This C43 AMG is now offered with the original window sticker, original owners manuals and books, manufacturer's marketing literature, two original keys, thorough maintenance records since new, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Georgia title.
First and foremost, the W202 C43 AMG was destined to be a drivers car amongst its larger stablemates from Affalterbach. Recent trends in values have kept many of the remaining C43's in garages and off the roads as owners speculate future values along side cars like the C36 AMG, ML55 AMG, and legendary W210 E55 AMG. This car is the perfect example to keep in mind when we say low mileage isn't everything. These cars should be approached using records, condition, history, and enthusiasm as the benchmarks for buyers. Moreover, the M113 V8 is just getting warmed up at this age and mileage, especially with such astute maintenance history and records. We expect to see cars like this stand the test of time as naturally aspirated V8's are phased out of the market. In short, this is a true enthusiasts car owned by a true enthusiast.
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