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53 years ago, three letters came together to become synonymous with the ultimate in Driving Performance. Those letters are AMG, and the company it represents today is world-renowned for supreme automotive performance, exclusivity and highly dynamic driving pleasure. Here are a few lesser-known facts from AMG’s storied history:

  1. AMG stands for Aufrecht, Melcher, Großaspach, the last names of its founding fathers Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, along with Aufrecht's birthplace of Großaspach. The names behind these three letters were the starting point for the rapid development of AMG from a two-man home-based operation to an unparalleled global performance brand.
  2. The first vehicle associated with AMG and perhaps its most noteworthy, started its life as a subdued four-door sedan! The car that eventually became renowned as the iconic "Red Pig" racing car, which helped build AMG's credentials as a motorsports powerhouse, started its life as a Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 four-door sedan.
  3. The first jointly developed high-performance vehicle from AMG and Mercedes-Benz was the C 36 AMG. The C 36 AMG was also the first AMG product to be officially sold in the United States at Mercedes-Benz dealerships, starting in 1995.
  4. For those that desire the ultimate in AMG performance, few models can match the exclusivity and track-optimized performance of the rare AMG Black Series models. Thus far, only five special models have worn the distinctive AMG Black Series badge. These include the CLK 63 Black Series, the C 63 Black Series, the SL 65 Black Series, the SLS Black Series, and the SLK 55 Black Series (which was not sold in the USA).
  5. The striking SLS AMG was the first-ever car designed and developed from the ground up fully by Mercedes-AMG, followed by the AMG GT 2-door sports car in 2015, and most recently the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe in 2019. The iconic SLS AMG featured vertically opening "gullwing" doors, inspired by the iconic original Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "gullwing" (produced from 1954 – 1957).
  6. Since 2007, Mercedes-AMG has shared its passion for performance with the Cigarette Racing Team, resulting in a unique partnership that has produced 12 special edition, high-performance, ultra-exclusive boats.
  7. All handcrafted AMG models are built according to the "One man, one engine" philosophy, an ironclad commitment to quality, in which one master craftsman assembles each AMG handcrafted engine from start to finish.
  8. Today, Mercedes-AMG is headquartered in Affalterbach, Germany, a small town northeast of Stuttgart in the state of Baden-Wüttemberg. Affalterbach is home to the management, administration, sales, development and design teams of AMG, as well as the building of AMG hand-crafted engines. Mercedes-AMG now employs approximately 1,800 people.
  9. Mercedes-AMG has a history of technology and performance-related innovations, many of which are evident in our latest vehicles. For example, the next time you drive a Mercedes-AMG, take special note of the AMG Dynamic Select toggle on the center console, as well as the optionally available AMG Drive Unit steering wheel controls, if equipped. These controls unlock a plethora of performance potential and individualization possibilities.
  10. The Mercedes-AMG ONE hypercar is set to become the most powerful AMG vehicle ever produced—capable of producing more than 1,000 hp and reaching top speeds beyond 217 mph. For the first time, this two-seater hypercar will bring the very latest and most efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology directly from the racetrack to the road, delivering the ultimate in Driving Performance for years to come.

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