Sometime in the late 1980s and early 1990s when Japan had a giant uptake in importing customized Mercedes-Benzes the AMG Widebody conversions were among the most popular. Where these conversions like these were rare in many parts of the world Japanese car magazines at least made gave one the impression that there were enough AMG widebodied Benzes (W126 SEC and W124 CE) to supply the whole world with these cars. Let's have a look at the things widebody AMG that we found in those period magazines....
An magazine-ad of Mercedes-oriented dealer "Waiblingen" that promotes the various new for 1990 AMG Mercedes Widebodies (W124 and W126).
Car dealer "Mizuho Inter Auto" used to have a large stock of brand new AMG Mercedes... in 1990 they offered these two AMG widebodies, an AMG 300CE 3.4 (W124) Widebody and an AMG 560SEC 6.0 (W126) Widebody for sale. The W124 300CE has been fitted with an SEC-style bonnet.
Two AMG Mercedes 560SEC 6.0 Widebodies at "Exciting Car Plaza Miura".
A 1986 500SEC Widebody with an AMG 5.4-32 valve engine. The interior was non-standard too with AMG-steering wheel and Recaro seats.
This white AMG Widebody was fitted with some more jewlery; a gold-plated grille.
A 1990 Widebodied 560SEC with 6.0 engine in all-white with tinted windows.
One of the meanest looking AMG S-class Coupe Widebodies I've ever seen: this totally blacked out 1987 Widebody complete with deep dish AMG-Pentas.
A pretty rare combination too; a 6.0 32-V AMG 560SEC with OZ-Futura wheels replacing the AMG ones that you would normally see fitted.
A true AMG "Hammer", this W124 AMG 300CE 6.0 Widebody that was for sale at luxury car dealer Caesar.
Two photos showing the same 1990 AMG 300CE with 3.4 litre engine. The car features an SEC bonnet conversion that seemed to have been very popular on AMG cars in Japan back in the early 1990s since I've seen quite a few of them with this modification.
An '89 Widebody AMG 300CE with a 3.2 6-cylinder engine. For sale in the late 80s or very early 90s.
This SEC-nosed 300CE Widebody is in fact (at least according to the advert from 1991) a '91 car in Hammer V8 6.0-24V spec. Not many of those around with the SEC bonnet and wonder if it would still have that in current times...
Text: copyright Bram Corts