Several manufacturers use names or letters to signal that some of their products are going to be of interest to more sporty drivers. Fiat does this with Abarth, Honda uses Type R, Ford applies the RS badge, for Jaguar and Land Rover it’s SVR and BMW manages it with the single letter M.

In the case of Mercedes, the name to look out for is AMG. This is far more than a randomly chosen selection of letters. AMG is now a department within Mercedes, and was once a completely separate company with a splendid history dating back more than 50 years. Here we look back at how AMG started and how it grew to become what it is today.

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