Back in 1967, Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher founded Aufrecht Melcher Großaspach (AMG) as a small-time engine tuning outfit. However, once the pair drove a Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 — the “Red Pig” — to victory at the 1970 24 Hours of Spa, they soon found themselves producing parts as well as fully customized vehicles.
As an homage to that legendary performance, Mercedes-AMG has created three limited-edition GT3 cars celebrating its 50th anniversary. The star of the bunch is undoubtedly the SLS AMG GT3, as it was built with the only remaining bodyshell from the model’s four-year production run. Decked out in some red, retro-inspired race livery and powered by a 650hp AMG 6.3L V8, it makes for quite the modern revival. And that’s not all; Mercedes-AMG also made a 2016 AMG GT3 as well as a 2020 AMG GT3, with the former being distinguished by its special #100 chassis designation and the latter being identical in spec to the cars racing this year. All three come sporting a matte Graphite Metallic interior, carbon instrument panels, and an anniversary plaque bearing Aufrecht’s signature, with each one limited to just a single unit. No wonder then, that they range from €500,000 (~$594,000) to €650,000 ($772,000) in price.