1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG (W202)


  • A highly original example of 4.3L V8 C43 AMG version of the respected W202
  • Presenting very well with a full respray and wheel refurbishment in current ownership
  • Complete with stacks of provenance providing paperwork

The Appeal

The Mercedes Benz W202 first hit the roads in 1993 to become the first iteration of C-Class. A successful model which was the entry level saloon until the A-Class arrived in 1997. For the 1998 model year Mercedes Benz released the C45 AMG as the flagship C-Class. The C43 was the first AMG car to be fully built in-house at Mercedes Benz following their acquisition of AMG in the same year.

This example has clearly been cherished by its owners judging by the extensive paperwork included with the car. In its current ownership it has benefitted from a full professional respray and plenty of key preventative maintenance. The 4.3L V8, 300bhp plus engine was a real statement of intent for future AMG cars and makes for a highly sought after modern classic saloon today.

The History and Paperwork

  • This C43 AMG is a UK supplied car which was first registered in April 1999
  • The car then passed through the hands of four owners between then and 2015
  • In June 2015 the current owner acquired the car to become its fifth owner
  • On acquisition the owner had the car resprayed and the wheels refurbished
  • He also had the car fully serviced together with a gearbox service
  • He also attended to some niggles such as a noisy heater and misbehaving wipers
  • The owner then used the car as daily transport for around three years
  • He has added only around 11,000 miles in his eight-year tenure
  • This included a two period with the car registered as SORN as another car was used
  • The car was put back on the road in 2022 after a £1,000 recommissioning
  • There is a substantial amount of paperwork on hand
  • This includes the current V5 registration document
  • The C43 currently holds an MOT until February 2024
  • This is an advisory free MOT
  • The original book pack in original fabric folder is included
  • This pack includes the original service book
  • The service book contains a total of eight services up to 90,473 miles
  • Six of the eight services were with Mercedes dealers and the last two with specialists
  • A folder full of invoices from all periods of its history are included
  • Two original Mercedes Benz keys are also on hand

The Interior

  • The interior of the C43 AMG is certainly befitting of the C-Class flagship model
  • The cabin is sumptuously trimmed in leather and other high-class materials
  • The interior colourway is known as “Black/Silver” in Mercedes nomenclature 
  • The originality and condition of the interior appears impressive
  • The front sports seats look fantastic in the two-tone leather
  • Front seats are two-stage electrically heated
  • The condition looks excellent with even the vulnerable driver’s bolster looking good
  • The rear bench seat looks equally well preserved with no issues noted
  • The door cards are finished in black with a luxurious panel of ruched leather featuring
  • The dashboard is finished predominantly in black
  • Carbon fibre look panels dominate the centre console and extend into the door cards
  • The instrument binnacle features AMG white faced, VDO dials
  • A lovely AMG four spoke, two tone leather AMG steering wheel is fitted
  • There is some discoloration noted to the light-coloured section of the wheel
  • The centre console houses the heating and ventilation controls
  • A modern Kenwood head unit is also fitted
  • Carpets look original and are protected with Mercedes Benz heavy duty mats
  • The generous boot is finished in its original, hard wearing grey carpet
  • The under-floor houses the spare wheel and associated tools
  • A little surface rust is noted in the boot under-floor area
  • The only areas noted are non-operation air-matic seats and a temperamental heater
  • The latter is understood to likely require a new duo valve

The Exterior

  • The C43 AMG looks fantastic in its bright and shiny silver colourway
  • The current owner had the car resprayed during his tenure
  • The car has also recently benefitted from a professional detailing and machine polish
  • As such the overall presentation looks to be excellent
  • There are a few areas of paint bubbling noted and photographed for your review
  • Some scratching to the rear bumper cover is reported
  • The car sits purposefully on its original AMG Monobloc alloy wheels
  • These have been professionally refurbished in the car’s current ownership
  • As such they look in an excellent overall condition
  • They are 17-inch items and are fitted in a matching set of quality Nexen tyres
  • These are a staggered set with 225/45s at the front and 245/40s at the rear
  • The tyres were fitted around two years and 3,000 miles ago
  • The twin, chromed tail pipes hint at the car’s incredible performance potential
  • Light lenses and cabin glass all look well-presented and original
  • The subtle AMG body kit and big wheels lend the C43 a purposeful look

The Mechanics

  • Mercedes Benz certainly didn’t skimp on the mechanical spec of the C43
  • It was the first time a V8 graced the C Class
  • The engine is the respected M113 E43 4.3L unit originally rated at 302 bhp
  • An impressive 300 Ib-ft of torque was also on tap
  • Power is fed to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic gearbox
  • The configuration was originally good for a 0-60mph time of under 6 seconds
  • This was on the way to a top speed of around 160mph
  • Judging by the paperwork the car has clearly been well maintained
  • The service book will attest to this with services documented up to around 90,000 miles
  • The sometimes-temperamental gearbox has been a focus
  • It was refurbished by the previous owner and serviced again by the current owner
  • It is reported as fully functioning and appropriately smooth
  • A non-standard, non-cat exhaust is currently fitted but the original AMG item is included
  • A full recommissioning service was undertaken last year
  • Under-bonnet presentation is good and original with data plates present
  • Some surface rust is noted, together with a small, non-structural rust hole (pictured)
  • The underside looks great with no issues noted


The C43 AMG is a highly capable, luxurious and practical modern classic saloon. As a huge added bonus, it has a 4.3L V8, 300bhp+ behemoth of an engine nestling under the sleek bonnet. It is a subtle looking car by today’s sometimes overly “overt” standards. This is definitely an AMG of the “covert” variety and all the better for it. There is just enough brooding road presence on offer to hint at the latent performance potential of this practical sports saloon.

This example is a well-cared for example in the right colourway that ticks all the boxes. The delightful black / silver leather interior is a definite highlight along, of course, with that exceptional engine and rumbling V8 exhaust note. The owner attests to the car running beautifully, sounding amazing and turning many heads. This is likely to be an appreciating modern classic that deserves your attention and your bids.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1999
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model C43 AMG Auto
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 114,635 Miles
  • Engine size 4266
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Staines-Upon-Thames
  • Location Surrey
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
17 bids
  • dave.tu•••• £6,500 08/06/23
  • fontana•••• £6,350 08/06/23
  • kyron-b•••• £6,210 08/06/23
  • fontana•••• £6,105 08/06/23
  • kyron-b•••• £6,005 08/06/23
  • fontana•••• £5,901 08/06/23
  • jai-meh•••• £5,801 08/06/23
  • fontana•••• £5,700 08/06/23
  • neznoz7•••• £5,500 07/06/23
  • fontana•••• £5,250 07/06/23

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