Limited in quantity, the 1988 300E AMG Hammer is a rare find. Built by Mercedes-Benz and modified by AMG prior to the merger. The 3.0-litre 177-hp 6-cylinder 300E originally sold for $39,000 (W124 body style). For $17,000, AMG would replace that 3-litre unit with the 5.5-litre V8 from the 560 SEC after adding 32-valve cylinder heads and twin camshafts. During 1988, additional options included:

  • $39,950 – AMG bored out the 5.6-litre to 6.0-litres
  • $33,302 – upgraded rear differential, Gleason-Torsion LSD, stronger rear sub-frame, plus more chassis modifications
  • $14,170 – upgraded AMG suspension, 17 inch chrome wheels/tires, AMG interior package, etc.
  • $18,000 labor charge
  • Total package cost in 1988: around $162,000.

AMG Market obtained the following info and photos for the 1988 AMG 300E (AMG Hammer) from the AMG’s owner:

AMG Hammer - Mercedes-Benz
AMG Hammer - Mercedes-Benz
AMG Hammer - Mercedes-Benz
AMG Hammer - Mercedes-Benz
AMG Hammer - engine
AMG Hammer - engine

Additional Information

  • Mileage: 19,146 (odometer read during 2007)
  • Engine: 5.5-litre V8
  • No major body work (scratch repaired)

AMG HammerHistory
Original owner was professional baseball player Robert Deer:

  • Rob Deer is famous for hitting the game-tying home run on Easter Sunday in 1987 to give the Milwaukee Brewers their 12th straight win to start the season. The home run was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
  • June 6, 1978: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 4th round of the 1978 amateur draft.
  • San Francisco Giants (1984-1985), Milwaukee Brewers (1986-1990), Detroit Tigers (1991-1992), Boston Red Sox (1993), San Diego Padres (1996)

1990 AMG Hammer SL60

The following info was obtained from an auto dealer selling the vehicle (www.envisionauto.com)
Model: Mercedes-Benz SL60 AMG 6.0L HAMMER

  • VIN number for vehicle photos shown: WDB1290661F012801
  • Envision Auto asking price as of August 2008: $30,400
  • Mileage : 28,158 Km’s

There are reportedly 49 known 6.0L V8 AMG Hammer Mercedes 500SLs; 18 built in 1990, 30 in 1991 and 1 in 1992.Removable Hard Top with Power Convertible Soft Top6.0 litre V8 engine producing 384hp. AMG claimed a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) speed of 5.8 seconds. Its top speed was limited to 155 mph (249 km/h), but with the limiter removed, it was capable of approximately 185 mph (298 km/h). AMG later unofficially admitted that 0-60 mph was closer to 5.0 seconds and the engine produced between 405-410 bhp.Optional rear seats for two passengers with seatbelts.    The Special Edition AMG Hammer package is a rare find, only produced in limited numbers. The 6.0L V8 produces 376 hp at 5500 rpm and a 0-62mph speed of 5.0 seconds. ALL ORIGINAL AMG package featuring AMG FULL Aero Kit, AMG 17-inch 3-Piece Alloys, AMG Exhaust, AMG Leather/Wood Combination Steering Wheel, AMG 300km/h Speedometer.