When it comes to iconic AMG vehicles, it’s hard to beat the ‘Red Pig.’ AMG was just a humble small tuning house when it transformed a standard Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL into a suped-up classic. Spurred by the success of the ‘Red Pig,’ Mercedes-Benz’s rapidly acquired AMG and transformed it into the high-performance division that we know today.
Approaching the RM Sotheby’s auction block in February of 2020, this precise recreation of the 1969 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 ‘Red Pig’ Replica began as a standard model of a 1969 300 SEL. At the specific request of a client, Arthur Bechtel Classic Motors converted this car into a one-of-a-kind replica. Uniquely equipped with an appreciation of its heritage, the Mercedes-Benz specialist used many of the same techniques that AMG used to craft the original ‘Red Pig’ out of their own wrecked 300 SEL.
By widening its track, fitting it with aluminum doors, flaring its wheel arches, and upgrading it with larger tires, and revamping its engine into a 420 hp 6.8-liter version, the skilled technicians at Arthur Bechtel Classic Motors successfully restored a motorsports legend many believed was lost to history.