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Not Your Typical E36: A Transient Historical past Lesson In AMG

If I ask you to explain an E36 from the 1990s, you’re virtually assured to start with the letters B, M and W.

However what if I had been to let you know there was an precise mannequin referred to as the E36 from a German producer? Confused? Effectively, let me enable you out. Take off your Lederhosen, we’re not in Bavaria anymore.

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As a substitute we’re wanting again to 1993 Affalterbach, house of Mercedes-Benz tuners AMG, the place you’d discover 124-generation E-Lessons in varied sizes and styles.

Aspect be aware: You’ll additionally discover a few of the clunkiest mannequin names ever invented.


And by varied sizes and styles, I do imply simply that. In case you’re fortunate, you would possibly have seen a wide-body 300 CE 6.0 ‘Hammer’ coupé in for work. Possibly a freshly-released E 500 AMG facelift tremendous saloon, too. In case you needed one thing smaller and rowdier, the W201 190 E 3.2 AMG was nonetheless accessible as a conversion in ’93 because the W202 C36 AMG was launched.


However should you fancied one thing somewhat extra understated, possibly somewhat extra sensible, then an S124 E36 AMG Wagon can be the automotive for you.


What makes an E36 AMG particular you could ask? Effectively, being an AMG product the power-hungry maniacs couldn’t have left the engine alone. Primarily based on a 2.8L M104 six-cylinder engine, AMG engineers would tear it down and bore it out by 2.1mm, which mixed with a crankshaft from a 3.5L OM603 engine took the displacement out to three,606cc. That’s 3.6L with a compression ratio of 10.5:1.


This was mixed with an AMG-specific consumption cam and cylinder head honing, in addition to a freer flowing consumption crossover pipe and exhaust system. A tweaked ECU made the a lot of the modifications.


The engine was designated the M104.991 and the facility output jumped to anyplace between the official 276hp, to as excessive as 287hp. AMG argues that there was somewhat room for error given the modifications had been made by hand, however should you consider Japan’s ‘gentleman’s settlement’ which restricted energy output to 280PS (276hp), that’s a really handy margin to have should you needed to remain forward of the competitors.


Hajime Yuki’s silver instance that you just see right here has been in his possession for 15 years, and he’s about as devoted an fanatic as potential.

“I bought my present Good Silver E36 in 2009, however I used to be additionally driving one other S124 earlier than that,” defined Yuki-san. “I am going snowboarding and tenting with my household, so I needed a car that was highly effective, quick and sensible sufficient to hold baggage for us all.”


“The E36 AMG was bought in Japan in 1994 and 1995. The ’94 mannequin is provided with urethane fender extensions, and the ’95 mannequin is provided with rubber ones.” These fender extensions are distinctive to authentic Japanese market automobiles, along with the AMG-embossed ashtray, scuff plate and even the rear glass.

Yuki-san added: “I’ve all the time been a Mercedes-Benz fan. My son’s been in S124s because the day he was born, and now he works at an official Mercedes-Benz dealership.”


Mixed with a set of AMG-specific 25mm reducing springs, deeper entrance bumper, aerodynamic facet rocker panels and the deeper rear bumper, the E36 AMG not solely has a extra aggressive stance than its non-sporting stablemates, however has a a lot slipperier form – a drag coefficient of 0.25 versus 0.34. Let’s not overlook the incredible AMG monoblock wheels, both.

“Only a few items had been formally bought in Japan, 13 of 1994 mannequin. Solely 35 items of the 1995 mannequin exist. My 1994 mannequin E36 AMG is among the authentic 13 automobiles,” mentioned Yuki-san.


“I’d been searching for an E36 AMG for years, however they hardly ever got here in the marketplace. My E36 AMG occurred to look in the marketplace on the identical day that my Sportsline S124 was concerned in an accident. All I can say is that it was destiny!” 

It’s mentioned you can measure someone’s character by the corporate they maintain. Contemplating that Yuki-san’s mates tagged alongside for the shoot in each one other E36 AMG on Ronal ACT cut up rims and a large physique C124 AMG rolling on OZ Futuras, it’s secure to say that he’s an fanatic of impeccable style.

Mario Christou
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Pictures by Mark Riccioni
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