Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: '85 2.3-16 '99 C280 '11 GLK350
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
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RE: model identification
According to Car & Driver in December 1986, the "price as tested" was $137,000.00. The "options" listed were as follows:
Base AMG Hammer $125,000
Full Leather Interior $7500
Recaro CSE Seats $3500
Rear Bucket Seats $1000
power steering, windows, seats, locks, sunroof. A/C, rear defroster
Blaupunkt Bamberg AM/FM cassette, 8 speakers
Road & Track in August 1987 had this listing:
Turnkey ready, a Hammer cost $161, 422, but if you alread own an 300E and want to have it converted into a Hammer, deduct $39,000 from that figure. That leaves only $122,422, which breaks down like this: Mercedes-Benz 5.6 liter engine with KE-Jetronic $17,000; modification to 6.0-liter DOHC, $39,950; Hammer conversion package (heavy duty rear subframe, W126 rear differential with Gleason-Torsen limited slip), $33,302; AMG suspension kit, $1495; AMG wheels with Pirelli P700 tires, $5050; AMG aero body kit $4125; installation and painting of body parts, $3500; labor $18,000.
The Hammer was priced above the Lamborghini Countach, Ferarri Testarosa and 911 Turbo . . . but then again it pretty much outperformed all those "lesser" cars!
As for the Evo and Evo II, only 502 units of each were produced to qualify it for the DTM German Sedan Racing series, all of them were "street legal." Since non of the 2.5-16's were ever EPA/DOT approved, they were never sold in dealerships in North America, but Mercedes had no problem in selling them all in a blink. All were LHD and only came in one color, blue-black metallic. Based on the 2.5-16, they were very different mechanically from the standard 2.5-15 road cars. In addition to different engine and transmission internals, they had SLS at all four wheels, wider wheel wells, bigger brakes, and of course, the distinctive bodywork.