Two Brothers; Three Powerful Letters.
Over 50 years ago, a unique company arose as a result of an overwhelming passion for motorsports; That company is now known as Mercedes-Benz AMG.
Two Men; Driven By Passion.
Two men with a passion for motorsport and engineering founded AMG. Their names were Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher. They Saw an opportunity on every wide open road, an invitation in every curve, an affirmation in every victory: for more performance and more power. Today, this passion is infused into every DNA of every Mercedes-AMG. Just like its numerous Successes on racetracks around the world.
The first car professionally raced under the famous acronym was the AMG 300 SEL 6.8; Affectionately known as "The Red Pig".
A Laughing stock; Becomes A Legend.
History In The Making.
In 1971, when the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG rumbled into the Spa paddock for the first time, people pointed and laughed. It quickly earned the nickname of 'Red Pig' due to its ungainly looks. Sat against its sleeker race-bred competitors, the SEL appeared to resemble Frankenstein’s monster. Those poking fun at the car knew nothing of what the pending 24-hour race would bring.
Final Year; New Beginnings.
A total of 6,526 units were produced of the "The Red Pig" 300 SEL 6.8 up to the final year in 1972. That year AMG and Mercedes-Benz went straight to the power saloon segment, making history and becoming Mercedes-AMG.