Back in 1967 two Mercedes engineers – Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher left the company and started an Apple-like barn project in Burgstall an der Murr near Stuttgart – AMG Motorenbau und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH.
These are the origins of the well-known AMG nameplate, which actually stand as a combination of their surnames combined with “G” from Grossapach, which was their hometown. It was only 10 years later the maker’s headquarters relocated to Affalterbach, with development of race car engines actually still taking place in Burgstall. Fast forward to 1993 and the AMG tuner was an established address for modified Mercedes cars, when they started a partnership for the co-development of future fast rides. They kickstarted the collaboration with the C36 that year, a competitor for the then current BMW M3 (E36).
Mercedes took a controlling 51 percent stake in 1999 and renamed the aftermarket specialist as Mercedes-AMG GmbH – and since January 2005 it has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG. The brand is now celebrating this important milestone, with a five-car limited run of the track-only GT3. Dubbed “Edition 50,” it comes with never before seen paint for an AMG, as well as matte appearance for the carbon fiber front and rear diffusers, air intakes, radiator grille, and side skirts. Additional elements include AMG logos on the disc band and rear aerofoil, an open Performance exhaust system. There’s even a high-end watch to accompany it – created by IWC Schaffhausen and called “Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition 50th anniversary of Mercedes-AMG.”