2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG

Earlier this week I looked at a 2003 G500 and explained that despite it being a relatively mass produced Mercedes, it doesn’t depreciate like you’d expect. Today’s featured car is somewhat like the G, except it’s a lot faster and a whole lot more rare. Enter the R63 AMG – the answer to a question no one asked. This is a vehicle which I still can’t understand why Mercedes would green-light for production.

The short of it is that the normally mundane first-general R-Class was given to AMG to let them do their thing. The result was pulling everything out of the AMG parts bin, bolting various parts up where they count and coming away with an all-wheel drive people hauler than does 60 mph in around 4.4 seconds. Carter recently included it in his insane van article for The Truth About Cars. Seeing as Mercedes isn’t totally insane, the R63 AMG was limited to a production in the mid-200s worldwide with only 30 making it to the U.S. and a mere 5 to Canada. So as these monsters hit the 10 year-old mark, what’s going on with their value?

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2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG

Niche vehicles are always a funny thing. The BMW M Coupe was derided for its weird styling when it debuted in the late 1990s and wasn’t a big seller. But now, these rare sport coupes are wildly popular in the collector car market. While you could consider the R-class a niche vehicle on its own, Mercedes-Benz toyed with the idea of an AMG version of this people mover around 10 years ago. This fast van hung around for one model year and as such, has been relegated to an almost persona non grata status amongst Mercedes history. However, any car with 503 horsepower that can seat six in comfort should at least be given a second look. This R63 AMG for sale in Washington state is one of approximately 30 to 40 examples that were sold in the US, out of a total production of under 200 worldwide. If you need space with pace, there are few choices more rad than this one.

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2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG

I’m a big fan of obscure cars. Whether they are rare, are of a unique body style or incorporate interesting technology, I’m all over them. While the following car didn’t break the mold technology wise, it is super rare and mixes the qualities of a van and a crossover. And while we’ve featured a few E55 and E63 AMG estates on GCFSB, we haven’t talked much about the vehicle in question, its big brother, the E63 AMG. While it is still sold here in the US, the R class never quite caught on with buyers here, but that didn’t stop Mercedes from sending this people hauler over to the boffins at AMG to work their magic. What resulted is this, a 503 horsepower monster that can reach 60 mph in 5 seconds flat. Criticized for being too heavy and cumbersome to wear the AMG nameplate, the R63 was sold for but one year with sales in the double digits.

2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG on eBay

2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R63 AMG. Rare R63 AMG 4MATIC. 1 OF 30 produced for the US market 503 HP 6.3 liter AMG V8. $93,355 original MSRP. 4MATIC all wheel drive, COMAND system with navigation, back-up camera, rear DVD entertainment system, front and rear heated seats. Third row, rear A/C, multi-function wood/leather steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, Parktronic, lighting package (xenon headlamps), power liftgate, 20 inch AMG wheels, Harman Kardon Logic7 Audio, satellite radio, 6 disc changer.

Complete documented service history from Mercedes-Benz. Flex service completed on January 10, 2012. We obtained this one owner, 100% clean Carfax black over black Nappa leather 2007 R63 via a new car trade. We have supplied many detailed photos to give you an accurate sense of the NICE condition of this SUPER RARE AMG VEHICLE! As pictured there are a few light scratches and small chips around the vehicle, but nothing terrible for a vehicle of it’s age and miles. Please note there are many shadows cast on the vehicle due to the conditions in which the photos were taken. Inside we found a clean and spacious cabin FILLED with LUXURY FEATURES. The transmission shifts smoothly and the 6.3L 8 cylinder engine offers POWER when called upon. The tires offer DEEP tread measuring 7/32nds.

This car is a love it or hate it situation. While I probably would never need this much space, I love cars like this that you would never expect to be fast. The car looks fairly clean, but its mileage equates to almost 20,000 miles put on each year, which is fairly high for an AMG car. While the asking price is certainly a fraction of what it cost new, you’d have to really need something this large and this fast to justify spending that kind of money for a car this used. Still, it would be a fun rig to catch people off guard at the errant traffic light…

-Paul