Today, let's look at 5 ridiculous and rare classic AMGs.
W201 190E 3.2 AMG
The 190E comes from Mercedes' era of fastidious engineering without compromises, and was clearly aimed to compete with a certain Bavarian manufacturer. Of course, we all know about the Cosworth versions. But this is the real cool one. With a huge 3.2 liter straight six, this is a proper AMG car, handbuilt, and looks extra mean. It features a manual transmission, and a 0-60 time of 7 seconds. Downsides? Well, with a straight six, a manual, and those proportions, it feels almost too squarely aimed at BMW. But who are we kidding, those looks are pure AMG brutishness.
W124 E36 AMG
Of course, we all know about the 500e. Except that one isn't technically an AMG. The e36 AMG is the underdog of the W124 range, perhaps one of the greatest Mercedes ever made. And it's arguably more interesting than the 500e. Indeed, it has a 3.6 liter straight six, 272hp, is available in coupe, convertible, sedan, and just to please Jalopnik readers, an estate version. The best part? All are available with a manual transmission.
W140 S600 AMG 7.1
This particular AMG should perhaps be considered the single most German car ever made. First, just look at it. Second, it's so big that when it came out, they were surprised to see it couldn't be distributed around Europe by train, because it wouldn't fit on them. Third, it has a 7.1 liter V12 good for 496 horsepower. The 7.1 liter version is extremely rare, with only one on sale in Europe right now.
W202 C55 AMG
Of course, you probably have heard of the C36 AMG. Or even C43 AMG. But you probably haven't heard of the C55 AMG. With only a few hundred built, to get one, you had to purchase a C43 AMG, give it back to Mercedes along with a few tens of thousands of dollars extra, after which they would cram the 350hp V8 that you could also get in an E55 AMG and give it back to you. Imagine that, a car the size of a 3 series, with an engine competing with that of an e39 M5. Weight distribution? Those are questions you don't ask. Still, this is easily one of the most ridiculous and awesome AMGs ever to see the light of day.
R129 SL 73 AMG
The R129 SL was a superbly engineered, fast, and safe convertible usually purchased with tame 6 cylinder engines. But over its lifetime, it received a plethora of 6, 8 and 12 cylinder engines. And this is the one you want. The extremely rare SL 73 AMG had 525 horsepower, took 5 seconds to get to 60, and its engine eventually became the Pagani Zonda powerhouse.