'93 or so is when they started turning up. The newer style badge on a W126 is most certainly a "cosmetic" add-on, unless the previous owner lost the original badge or just wanted to update it. I think there were a few years where there were a little of both. I'm sure you've seen the smaller, plastic plate that has "///AMG" with black plastic background vs. the newest which are all seperate lettering. My wheels were made by O.Z. in '94 and have the old AMG stamp.when did amg go to the newer style of amg badges?