1999 Mercedes-Benz C Class C43 - AMG - SOLD!
Classic C-Class (W202) - Rare, "AMG" model
Class, luxury and power...
Created by AMG, the C43 is a German embodiment of one of the grandest traditions in performance tuning: a big engine in a small car. The engine in question is the 4.3-liter (260 cu. in.) aluminum alloy V8 first introduced in the 1998 E430 and also found in the newly-introduced CLK430 coupe. In those cars, it develops a respectable 275 horsepower. In C43 tune, a healthy 302 horses are found under the unassuming C-Class hood. The engine is light for a large V8; the C43 weighs only 132 pounds more than a C280. As a result, weight distribution is not adversely affected. Ultra-low profile tires mounted on 17-inch AMG aluminum alloy wheels and other suspension modifications improve cornering abilities with little reduction in ride comfort.
Only 1150 C43s were made over a three-year period for USA Shipment (1998:579, 1999:546, 2000:25).
Unlike many "tunercars", the C43 is perfectly acceptable as daily transportation. It is comfortable, relatively quiet (except for a wonderful V8 growl), and roomy enough for four people - capable of seating five. It is a compliment to the solidity of the C-Class chassis structure that it works so well.
The Mercedes-Benz C43 combines European chassis sophistication with V8 power
culminating in a very classy muscle car that also works well for everyday use.
A rare and fleeting opportunity to own a classic C43 AMG Mercedes-Benz,
crafted with German engineering and quality - one of only 546 produced for USA.
(The last year before the dreaded 2000-2005 term of poor quality control of their vendors.)
Many owners have put over 100,000 miles on these gems, and some over 300,000 miles!
Click any image below for the full view in a separate window.
Rear Seats folded down! Notice lit "Puddle Light" under the door pocket!
Roof raised in Moon-roof mode
Roof open in Raised Sun-roof mode
Complete, with one original 1999 C-Class Factory Brochure
(click the thumbnails above for larger photo)
|Year & Model:||1999 C43 AMG|
|Body Style:||Four Door Sedan|
|Exterior Color:||Originally, Metallic Obsidian Black 197, repainted Black 040 before my purchase|
|Interior Color:||Black with Burl Walnut trim on doors, dash, console and shift gate.
Velour floor carpeting and AMG labeled floor mats
|Engine:||4,266-cc SOHC 24-valve V8, 303 hp @ 5850 RPM, 302 lb-ft @ 3250-5000 RPM|
|Transmission:||Driver-adaptive electronic 5-speed automatic. Driver-selectable winter mode. AMG-modified for crisper, higher-rpm upshifts, with heavy-duty componentry and external liquid cooling.|
|Drive Type:||2 wheel drive - rear|
|Sport-Tuned Suspension:||Solid, larger-diameter front and rear stabilizer bars,
reinforced upper front control arms, AMG-Bilstein shock absorbers, and progressive-rate springs.
|Fuel Type:||Gasoline - 91 Octane|
|Wheels and Tires:||Wheels are Staggered 17" AMG Monoblock design 5-spoke aluminum alloy:
Front: Kumho ECSTA ASX 94W 225/45ZR17 (2/32") on 7.5Jx17 refinished AMG Monoblocks
Rear: Kumho ECSTA ASX 94W 255/40ZR17 (2/32") on 8.5Jx17 refinished AMG Monoblocks
(Originally: 225/45ZR17 and 245/40ZR17)
Original Spare Monoblock 7½Jx17H2 ET35 Wheel and
Continental ContiSportContact 215/45ZR17 Tire
(A set of 4 Dunlop SP Winter Sport M2 235/45R17 94V M+S directional on 7.5Jx17H2 ET35 on AMG Monoblocks available separately for $990.)
Original owner purchased it Oct. 4, 1998 at Mercedes-Benz of San Diego.
I have copies of that dealer's Service Invoices up until Feb. 21, 2006 with 91,173 miles.
First owner signed off the title on May 15, 2006 with 91,583 miles.
I purchased the C43 on Apr. 12, 2007 via eBay. I am the second owner (a non-smoker).
I had the vehicle shipped via DAS, and picked it up on May 18, 2007 with 94,234 miles.
The windshield was replaced at a Mercedes-Benz dealer March 2008 due to stone chips.
Shortly thereafter, I purchased a rebuilt transmission and converter from Silver Star Transmission and replaced them at about 101,000 miles.
While I work mostly at home, the C43 was my 'daily driver'/main transportation until obtaining my next AMG. (This C43 AMG is now rarely driven since purchasing my 2005 E55 AMG.)
It is in the Hudson Valley, NY, USA.
|VIN:||WDBHA33E3XF771731 Date of Manufacture: 07/98 in Stuttgart|
Be aware that Used Car Value price listings may not include these equipped options:
Telescoping Wheel; Heated Front Seats; 6 disc CD Changer & Integrated Phone.
Some agencies value these options ridiculously low if at all (e.g. Heated Front Seats!), while valuing others unreasonably high (e.g. of what value is an integrated analog cell phone?).
** Sport Package includes:
Factory rated performance:
(REST mode can warm cabin with residual heat
up to 30 minutes when engine is off)
* Electronic Stability Program (ESP):
Developed for more secure cornering stability,
ESP monitors the car's response to your braking
and steering input, to determine if your C-Class
is maintaining your intended course. Standard on the
C43, ESP helps keep you on course by selectively
braking individual wheels, reducing engine torque
and/or upshifting as needed, to help correct oversteer
(No system, regardless of how sophisticated,
can repeal the laws of physics or overcome careless
driving actions. Please always wear your seat belt.)
*** Springs currently installed:
Front: Eibach Pro-Kit Springs with #3 pads
Rear: Original AMG Progressive-rate Springs with #1 pads
(I will install any spring combination that the new owner may prefer.)
Data Card info: Order number: 0 9 705 35382 Delivery date: 24 07 1998 Paint code 1: 197U OBSIDIAN BLACK - METALLIC PAINT Equipment: 581A No code designation available Engine no.: 113944 60 003956 Transmission: 722631 01 021471 SA code: 197U OBSIDIAN BLACK - METALLIC PAINT 221 LEFT FRONT SEAT, ELECTRICALLY ADJUSTABLE 222 RIGHT FRONT SEAT, ELECTRICALLY ADJUSTABLE 231 No code designation available 240 OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE INDICATOR 249 AUTOMATICALLY DIPPING INSIDE REAR VIEW MIRROR 254 RADIO MB AUDIO 30 - USA 265 LINES-NO.PLATE DISCONTINUED 404 MULTI-CONTOUR SEAT, FRONT LEFT 405 MULTI-CONTOUR SEAT, FRONT RIGHT 414 ELECTRIC TILT/SLIDE SUNROOF IN GLASS VERSION 441 ADJUSTABLE STEERING COLUMN 461 INSTRUMENT WITH MILES IND. AND ENGLISH LEGEND 472 ELECTRONIC STABILITY PROGRAM (ESP) 494 U.S. VERSION 524 PAINTWORK - PRESERVATION 543 SUN VISOR WITH MAKE-UP MIRROR L. AND R., BE- 551 ANTI-THEFT/ANTI-BREAK-IN WARNING SYSTEM 570 FOLDING ARMREST, FRONT 581 AUTOMATIC AIR CONDITIONER 581A No code designation available 584 ELECTRIC WINDOW LIFTER, 4-WAY, V 124, 6-WAY 634 DELETION - FIRST AID KIT 636 DELETION - WARNING TRIANGLE 668 PACKAGING FOR SHIPPING VEHICLES WITH TIE-DOWN HOOK 673 HIGH-CAPACITY BATTERY 772 AMG STYLING PACKAGE-FRONT SPOILER, SIDE SKIRT 774 SHELL MODIFICATION FOR AMG-WHEELS 809 AEJ 06/1/M/X 810 SOUND SYSTEM 873 SEAT HEATER FOR LEFT AND RIGHT FRONT SEATS 875 HEATED SCREEN WASH SYSTEM 956 EQUIPMENT PACKAGE SPORT
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