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This 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300CE 3.4 AMG is From an Insane Era

Just 25 left the still-independent AMG factory

In today's market, buyers are spoiled for choice if they want a fast Mercedes-Benz. Peruse the AMG-ified lineup, and pick out the car that best suits your needs, with options ranging from a 345-hp GLE45 compact crossover, all the way up to the mighty G65 SUV, packing an insane 621 hp from its twin-turbocharged V-12 engine. This diversity wasn't always the case,, as AMG didn't begin life as an in-house performance arm from the factory. Instead, the tuning firm was renowned for its aftermarket conversions into Autobahn-slaughtering supersedans and coupes like this 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300CE 3.4 AMG.

This is one of AMG's last offerings as an independent tuning shop before AMG and Mercedes partnered up in 1993, allowing AMG to both take advantage of the existing dealer network and to develop cars jointly alongside Mercedes.

The cars that came before the partnership remained wild, extravagant, and bespoke machines. This 300CE began life as a staid and milquetoast E-Class Coupe predecessor, and with a steroid-shot from AMG, emerged from the Affalterbach garages a musclebound, widebody bruiser. Under the front  hood beats a 3.4-liter inline-six engine fettled and worked-over by AMG, now pushing out a very impressive 272 hp. This powerhouse is mated to an automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels.

The model year might be from the 1990s, but the bodywork appears as though it was dragged from the center of the 1980s. The rear haunches are widened, with an extra touch of body cladding wound around the entire body, matching well with a variant of AMG's signature monoblock wheels.

Inside, AMG installed special Recaro leather seats and steering wheel, along with a rather optimistic 300 km/h speedometer.

If this pre-merger AMG sounds right up your alley, head over to eBay to submit a bid. Be wary, however, as the car likely won't come cheap; just 25 of these ever left the factory.