- The AMG Hammer was a powerful and exclusive tuned machine known for its brutal speed and performance against modern supercars.
- It was originally created by converting a Mercedes-Benz E Class and installing a 32-valve 5.6-liter V8 engine developed by AMG.
- The restomod version of the Hammer featured in the article has a new widebody body kit, bumper package and sporty details that make it stand out as a track machine.
According to history, AMG Hammer sports sedan or the coupe became known as such for its brute power and simple method of achieving speed. It was a blunt instrument that could be used to mop the floors of modern supercars.
It was also an AMG product made by converting a Mercedes-Benz E Class in an expensive, exclusive tuned car. Today it is a legend revered for its rarity, effectiveness and the intrigue it easily creates. The only thing it lacked was amazing styling – it had a dark, foreboding presence (especially if you knew what it was capable of), but it didn’t shout it from the rooftops like a modern supercar.
This custom 3D rendering model from HotCars artist Rostyslav Prokop attempts to recreate the Hammer as a car with restomods.
What is an AMG hammer?
In 1986, when AMG was not yet owned by Mercedes-Benz, the Hammer came about by modifying the donor car – the W124 Mercedes-Benz 300E coupe or sedan – and removing the 3.0-liter inline-six engine to install a 32-valve 5.6-liter V8 developed by AMG. Later, 6-liter versions with even greater power will appear. This first incarnation famously increased power to around 335 hp. / 388 lb-ft and changed the car a bit: it could now hit 60 mph in 5 seconds and go on to 180 mph.
The cars got extended arches and bigger wheels. There was no big wing or multiple exhausts at the back – just a small spoiler and dual exhaust tips.
AMG added a stiffer, lower AMG suspension that included Bilstein dampers, as well as a number of other changes to the transmission and transmission. You could call it dormant, but the render version we have here adds a few touches that make the Hammer restomod stand out.
Designed as a track machine, the updated Hammer features a new widebody kit and a new bumper package that gives it an even lower and wider stance. The front bumper has channels for cooling the brakes and air outlets behind the front fenders. Black trim and blacked-out LED headlights give the sports sedan a foreboding feel, while out back there are new dark LED taillights with Mercedes’ iconic ribbed design.
How much is an AMG hammer worth in 2023?
A yellow sticker on the sides is combined with a yellow roll cage and drilled brake discs with yellow calipers.
Just like the original understated sports sedan or coupe, the car looks understated by today’s standards. Aside from the splashes of color, aggressive front bumper and quad exhaust tips, the car is relatively simple with just a rear trunk spoiler. It sounds bad in the video, with the unmistakable sound of a naturally aspirated V8.
Only about 30 examples were made in total, and of those, about 13 were converted to the coveted 6-liter engine. Even AMG isn’t sure about production numbers, and there’s a lot of conflicting information about the AMG Hammer.
According to Hagerty, the starting price in 1987 was $120,000 – about twice that of a Ferrari Testarossa, so it was a car that remained out of reach for most people at the time.
Now, the hammer is rarely put up for public sale or auction – when it does, it fetches a lot of money. There is a 6-liter coupe that went to auction and changed hands for $761,800 in 2022. In 2019, another 6-liter coupe went off the hammer for $250,000.