The C55 signified a return to AMG’s V8 roots, after barely a three-year flirtation with a supercharged V6. AMG found 8100 homes for the C32, but the AMG engineers seemed much happier now that there was a serious, big-capacity, naturally aspirated 5.4-litre V8 powering the meatiest C-Class. And the badge is there to, well, to ensure the owners don’t forget.
It’s not the performance – AMG claimed 5.2sec to 62mph for both C55 and C32 – or even the transformation to a deep, wonderfully muscular exhaust note, but the makeover in the dynamics that stood the new sports saloon apart. The C55 marked a small, but perceptible, shift towards a sharper, more sporting focus, that set it closer to the M3 than any previous AMG hotrod C-Class.
With the values of the earlier Cosworth-inspired super sports Mercedes rocketing well into six figures, this pure-blood AMG super saloon in the lightweight C-Class bodyshell is already a collectible Mercedes AMG hot rod, with blistering performance and that oh-so-inspiring and famous AMG V8 exhaust note.
This particular example has had two owners from new and has a full Mercedes service history from new, with under 60,000 miles. Mercedes enthusiasts would consider that the car had only just run in.
The coachwork is unmarked, as is the AMG full leather black interior, and unquestionably this is a modern classic, top for the future, and mind-blowingly fabulous to drive.