• A Mercedes vehicle refused to call a van, the Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG was labeled as a Sports Tourer that could reach 155 mph.
• The R63 was only sold for one year, 113 copies were produced for North America and 108 for the United States.
• Up for auction on Bring a Trailer now, this example is made even more special by being one of two models finished in Barolo Red Metallic paint for all of North America.
Here we appreciate the absurd, especially when that absurdity involves dropping a fire-breathing 6.2-liter AMG V8 into a not quite minivan. In 2007, Mercedes was carrying out the important restoration work for beleaguered parents in Fast and Furious drag racing style at red lights during their morning commute. Hence the 2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG.
Somewhere in the ballpark of 200 R63 AMGs were produced worldwide in its production year alone, of which 108 are said to have arrived in the United States. Of the 108 models that were made here, we believe only two were finished in this head-turning Barolo Red Metallic paint job. This one is now up for auction on Bring a Trailerwho—like Car and driver— part of Hearst Autos.
When they did, Mercedes didn’t want to associate itself with minivans, instead opting to refer to the R63 as a “sporty tourist”. Regardless of its classification, the R63 reaches 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h. It comes with all-wheel drive, a panoramic sunroof, leather interior, heated front and rear seats and a rear entertainment system, making it something of a luxury/GT car concoction. That’s pretty impressive for a 15-year-old vehicle, even one that started at just under $90,000 new. All that power and style translates into a perfect package to leave all the members of the rival booster club in your dust and show them why you were elected booster club treasurer.
This one comes with 88,000 miles on the dash. It rolls on an AMG Airmatic suspension and 20-inch AMG wheels. Even without the paint color, this car would be something special. Most people who see it on the road or parked at the local Trader Joe’s won’t give it a second glance, but for those of us who have a corner of our hearts dedicated to unusual cars, it will always something special. If you have the same penchant, bidding for this R63 continues until Wednesday, November 23.
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