If you have been keeping tabs on Mercedes-Benz and its coveted performance division, AMG, you know the company is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. Mercedes-AMG has been celebrating in a big way, most notably with the arrival of the ridiculously awesome Project One.
Mercedes-AMG didn’t just come out of thin air. In fact, it has origins dating back to the late 1960s. What started life as an engineering firm specializing in building racing engines eventually evolved to become Mercedes-Benz’s official tuning division, similarly to BMW M and Audi S/RS.
AMG started life in 1967, as “AMG Motorenbau und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH” (AMG Engine Production and Development, Ltd.). It was conceived by two former Mercedes-Benz engineers, Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcer. The A and M correlate to the two engineers’ surnames while the G stands for Grossaspach, or Aufrecht’s birth town.
Most of their iconic efforts involved producing racing engines for Mercedes-Benz’s motorsports efforts. It wasn’t until 1993 that Mercedes-Benz and AMG ramped up efforts to feature AMG-modified vehicles in Daimler-Benz’s dealership network. And in 1999, Mercedes-Benz purchased a controlling stake in AMG, officially incorporating the firm into the automaker’s portfolio.
So we put together a quick list of the top five most iconic AMG cars from its entire history, basically the cars that truly helped make AMG what it is today.