Japanese-Imported 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL AMG Hits RM Sotheby's Youngtimer Auction

Thought to be one of just 200 pre-merger iterations made.

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Last year, RM Sotheby’s presented two 1991 iterations of the Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL AMG at its Youngtimer Collection auction, and now, the sought-after model returns in the form of a 1989 Japanese import.

Unlike the 6.0 “Wide Body” coupe and the European-spec versions seen previously, this 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL AMG was delivered new to its original owner in Japan for a full AMG conversion, which saw the four-door classic get equipped with a hand-built 6.0-liter V8 engine packing 375 BHP — or 90 BHP more than the original.

Elsewhere, the conversion brought a wider body kit, three-piece split-rim wheels, an AMG instrument cluster, steering wheel, and overmats inside, finishing the model in “Anthracite Grey Metallic” over black leather. It is said that this pre-merger offering is one of less than 200 produced in this style, and is now available with just over 60,000 kilometers ran into the legendary “Hammer” engine.

RM Sotheby’s Youngtimer Collection is an 11-piece single-owner offering that is part of a wider auction set to hit Paris later next month. Together, it is comprised of 79 different cars, ranging from a 2015 Lamborghini Veneno Roadster to an original 1955 Jaguar D-Type, which are both expected to fetch millions under the hammer. This 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL AMG is available at the same auction in Paris and is expected to sell between €100,000 — €140,000 EUR (approx. $110,000 — $154,000 USD).

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