• A vehicle that Mercedes refused to call a minivan, the Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG was labeled as a Sports Tourer that could reach 155 mph.
• The R63 was only sold for one year, with 113 believed to have been produced for North America and 108 making it to the United States.
• Up for auction on Bring a Trailer Right 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.
Around here, we appreciate the absurd, especially when that absurdity involves dropping a fire-breathing 6.2-liter AMG V-8 into a not-quite-a-minivan. In 2007, Mercedes did the important work of providing for parents who were involved Fast and furious style stop-light drag racing during their morning commute. Hence the 2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG.
Somewhere in the ballpark of 200 R63 AMGs were produced worldwide over its single year of production, with 108 said to have made it to the US. Of the 108 models that made it here, we believe only two were finished in this head-turning Barolo Red Metallic paint. This one is now up for auction on Bring a Trailer, which—like Car and Driver—is part of Hearst Autos.
When they made it, Mercedes didn’t want to associate themselves with minibuses, choosing instead to designate the R63 as a “sports tourer”. Whatever its classification, the R63 sprints to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 155 mph. It comes with four-wheel drive, a panoramic sunroof, a leather interior, heated front and rear seats, and a rear entertainment system, making it something of a luxury pickup truck/GT car concoction. That’s all pretty impressive for a 15-year-old vehicle, even one that started new just shy of $90,000. All that power and style add up to a perfect package to leave any competing booster club members in your dust and show them why you were elected booster club treasurer.
This one comes with 88,000 miles on the dash. It rides on Airmatic AMG 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 with a corner of our hearts devoted to unusual cars, it will always be something be special If you have the same preference, the auction for this R63 lasts until Wednesday, November 23.
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