1967: AMG is founded in Burgstall by Hans-Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher as an “engineering office, design and testing for the development of racing engines”.
1971: AMG becomes famous overnight, with the AMG 300 SEL 6.8 winning its class at the Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour race and finishing second overall.
1976: The plant in Affalterbach is founded and the racing engine workshop evolves into a manufacturer of sports saloons and coupés.
1984: Melcher independently develops a cylinder head with modern four-valve technology for use in the 5-litre V8 in the Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC. The ongoing principle of “one man, one engine” is cemented into the brand’s lexicon.
1986: The new cylinder head is used in the AMG version of the S-Class and also in the saloon and, from 1987, in the coupé of the mid-size class (W124). Rated at 265 kW, the car is christened “The Hammer” by American motoring media.
1988: AMG begins constructing Mercedes-Benz 190 E racing cars and is also responsible for their deployment in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM).
1991: AMG embarks on the development and production of sports versions of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
1993: The C 36 AMG is the first vehicle on the market to result from the collaboration agreement with Daimler-Benz. With sales of 5,000 units up to 1997, it becomes the first best-seller.
1996: The C 36 AMG is the first official Formula 1 safety car.
1999: DaimlerChrysler owns a 51% share in Mercedes-AMG.
2001: The newly developed 5-speed automatic transmission in the C 32 AMG is paired with the 3.2-litre supercharged V6, with innovative touch control enabling manual gear selection as well.
2005: Mercedes-AMG becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler AG.
2009: The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is the first vehicle to be developed entirely in-house. The sound, along with uncompromising driving dynamics and iconic gull-wing doors, found fans around the world.
2011: AMG branches into motor racing with the SLS AMG GT3. The SLS GT3 marks Mercedes-Benz’ entry into exclusive customer racing.
2014: The Mercedes-AMG GT is the second sports car to be developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach. With its entry into the compact segment and its 43 series vehicles, AMG widens its portfolio while winning new groups of customers.
2015: Mercedes-AMG sets a new sales record with almost 70,000 units. The growth drivers include the new 43 series models and, above all, the performance vehicles of the C-Class, SUVs and compacts.
2016: The Mercedes-AMG GT3 writes a new chapter in the history of customer sports. At the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, the first four places went to teams competing in the Mercedes-AMG GT3.
2017: With almost 100,000 units, Mercedes-AMG celebrates its 50th anniversary on the back of a new sales record. With the AMG GT C, Mercedes-AMG extends its sports car portfolio to six models plus the customer sports AMG GT3 racing car. This is the second vehicle developed entirely in-house in under three years.