This 1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG is one of just 546 examples produced for the US market that year and shows just under 20k miles. This W202 AMG sedan was acquired by the selling dealer from the second owner in 2020. It is finished in Black (040) over Anthracite/Graphite Exclusive AMG Leather (581) interior, and power comes from a 4.3-liter V8 paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Equipment includes heated and 10-way power-adjustable sport seats, chrome AMG Monoblock wheels, xenon headlights with wipers and washers, rain-sensing wipers, heated windscreen washer system, and a sunroof. A recent fluid and filter change was performed along with a full 30,000 mile service in preparation for sale. This W202 is now offered by the selling dealer in Missouri with two factory keys, manufacturer’s literature, service records from new, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Montana title.
The exterior is finished in Black (040) and all paint is believed to be 100% original. The body features an AMG aerodynamic body kit with more aggressive styling on the front spoiler, side skirts and rear apron. Additional features included xenon headlights, headlight wipers and washers, fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, and a power tilting and sliding sunroof. A dime-sized imperfection in the original paint is visible at the top of the rear bumper and detailed photos of the entire exterior are viewable below.
Staggered 17” AMG Monoblock wheels are finished in chrome and come from a 2000 model year C43 AMG. The wheels were purchased by the original owner from the dealer for original installation. All four wheels wear Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires measuring 225/45 up front and 245/40 out back with 2019 date codes all around.
The interior is trimmed in Anthracite/Graphite Exclusive AMG Leather (581) with a matching steering wheel and door panels. Burl walnut trim accents the dashboard, doors, and center console. Amenities include power-adjustable and heated front seats, automatic climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, and a Bose stereo system with remote CD changer. The seller notes that the original headliner shows minor sagging in places and the dealer-installed original window tint shows some age in small areas.
White instrument dials include a 160-mph speedometer and a 7k-rpm tachometer along with gauges for temperature and fuel level. Digital readouts display the time and outside temperature while the digital odometer shows just under 20k miles.
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 selling dealer reports that a full 30,000-mile service was performed with all OEM components in preparation for the sale; photos of the OEM fluids/filters used are viewable in the gallery.
More than 70 photos of the exceptionally clean underside are available in the gallery below; including photos of the suspension and brake components with the wheels removed.
A detailed video from the seller shows driving, underside details, and an interior/exterior tour of the vehicle.
The July 2021 Carfax report lists no accidents or other damage and shows registration history in Arizona and Missouri along with linear mileage updates through its most recent entry in February 2020.
While the W202 C43 AMG has long been a favorite among keen AMG collectors, the fact of the matter is that a vast majority of the 1,125 US-spec examples built between 1998-2000 have been driven hard, put away wet and modified with less-than-desirable add-ons and tuning. All notions of tragedy aside, there’s plenty of reason why those examples have racked up so many miles providing enjoyment to their – no doubt – numerous previous owners: The outstanding build quality truly made the C43 AMG feel and wear like a scaled down W140 S-Class, while the chassis felt tight enough to convey ample track confidence. In short, AMG built the perfect car if a driver were to only choose one. Fortunately, this specimen is not among the aforementioned examples that suffer from years of hard-driving and non-OEM alterations. With only 20k miles and an undercarriage clean enough for fine dining, this idyllic example of mid-merger perfection checks almost every conceivable box for a collector looking to acquire a story-free, wonderfully-maintained and rapidly appreciating modern classic. From power and handling to refinement and class, the W202 C43 AMG does it all and this mid-merger example is one of reportedly only 546 examples produced for the U.S. market in 1999. We expect to see pure, analog driver-centric cars like appreciate precipitously as naturally aspirated V8's are phased out of the market.
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