Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Autobahn Crusher: 1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG
In the pecking order of German sport sedans for the people who like handling it goes like this: BMW M3, AMG CXX, Audi S4. For those who like to speed it goes like this AMG CXX, Audi S4, BMW M3. And finally, for those who like cheap entry price on a used example it goes like this AMG CXX, Audi S4, BMW M3. Find this 1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG offered for $5,500 in White Salmon, OR via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The C43 is powered by a 4.3 liter M113 V8 that is rated at 302 horsepower and 302 ft-lbs of torque (a bit more than the 279 hp/295 ft-lbs in the non AMG versions). Unfortunately the AMG models were never available with a manual transmission and you'll have to live with the 5-speed slushbox transmission. However, rumor has it that the later AMG C55 E55 CLK55 5.4 liter V8 are an easy swap into the C43.