AMG’s ingenuity has become synonymous with the Mercedes-Benz brand, but to get to this point the tuning company had to endure a humble beginning. The two men, last names Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher started in the 1960s. The two engineers were working on the new 300 SE engine as a part of the Daimler-Benz Development department. Everything was looking up for the two, until the company decided to shut the doors on all motorsport activities.
This did not dissuade the two from advancing the performance of the 300 SE engine. In their spare time, the two worked on the engine in Aufrecht’s house in Grossaspach. In 1965, Manfred Schiek went on to race in the German Touring Car Championship with the newly developed 300 SE engine under the hood. He won ten times during the course of the championship.
In 1967, Aufrecht and Melcher teamed up to create “Aufrecht Melcher Großaspach Ingenieurbüro, Konstruktion und Versuch zur Entwicklung von Rennmotoren” (“Aufrecht Melcher Großaspach engineering firm, design and testing for the development of racing engines”), known now as AMG.
To say the rest was history is an understatement, but do yourself a favor and watch the video below to learn more about this incredible company.