Originally Posted by amusicianslife
Great job on the research. Never knew that was possible.
I have tried contacting both AMG and Mercedes with no luck. I have various other friends in the community with similar premerger AMGs that have had the same. If I had any piece of paper stating the exact modifications done by AMG I promise it wouldn't be for this price. I have taken all things into consideration and this is still undervalued as is. The previous owner of the car knew the original owner of the car on a family basis (yes I did verify) and it was brought into the states with AMG mods along side an armored version of the 500.
I would put money on my mechanic as he knows his shit very well. I guess we can't all be know-it-alls.
I'm not trying to thread crap, but I get really skeptical when I see claims like this without anything substantive to back it up.
There are ways to determine such things if you do the research. Unfortunately, hearsay isn't going to substantiate anything, which is probably the reason why you're not getting any interest at some of the prices you've listed at previously.
Also, things like AMG exhausts are very distinctive, however, if you've cut things up to install non-OE cats, for example, that evidence ended up in the scrap pile. For that matter, if the car had an AMG exhaust, the tips are very unique and nothing like the stock tips. The resonators are different, too. Are the original ones still on the car? I would expect them to be based on condition and mileage. Part numbers will be clearly stamped on these parts and easily identified as stock (or not.)
How would your mechanic know the cams were not stock? Did he look at the part numbers? What was the giveaway? These are things that might help you to get some clarity over the question of AMG or not AMG.
If the suspension was modified, sway bar diameters (easy to check) would be another giveaway. AMG sway bars would be larger in diameter.
These are details that people who know these cars well are looking for. If they're not present, it only furthers the skepticism over the validity of your claims.