AMG TURNS 50

Ignition - - Front Page - Pho­tog­ra­phy courtesy of Daim­ler AG

This year marks the 50th an­niver­sary of AMG, the per­for­mance tun­ing arm of MercedesBenz. Founded in 1967 by for­mer Mercedes en­gi­neers Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, AMG'S rise to promi­nence be­gan with the 300 SEL 6.8, known af­fec­tion­ately as the `rote sau' (red pig), which fin­ished sec­ond in the 24-hour race at Spa-fran­cor­champs in 1971 (top left). AMG'S rich mo­tor­sports legacy con­tin­ues with the Mercedes-amg GT3 (above), which fin­ished third in-class (GT Day­tona) in the 2017 Rolex 24 at Day­tona.

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