You can never, ever go wrong with a Mercedes E-Class. It does a perfect job of bridging the gap between a family car and a luxury sedan, to the point where its more expensive sibling, the S-Class, will sometimes feel redundant.
The E-Class moniker wasn’t always used to describe Mercedes’ midsize executive sedans, which is a shame, really. The world’s first ever midsize Benz was the W120 from the early 1950s, which preceded the W110, W114, W123 and W124, where the latter two certainly require no introduction.
We first heard the term ‘E-Class’ circa 1993 when the facelifted W124 came out. Instead of continuing to name these cars something like the ‘300 E’, the German carmaker switched things around and went with ‘E 300’, which let’s face it, sounds a lot better. Anyway, the W124 facelift was the first-ever E-Class, and after the abominable W210 was finally retired in 2002, the world was introduced to the stunning W211 and its timeless looks – it’s especially beautiful in sedan form.
The W211 made its public debut at the 2002 European Motor Show in Brussels, stunning the crowd with its angled twin-headlight design, optional air suspension (standard on E500 models). It wasn’t until 2007 that the E 63 AMG variant would be introduced, right after the mid-generational update. The E 63 would go on to replace the E 55, offering up more power but less torque.
Still, the E 63 AMG was marketed as one of the fastest production executive sedans in the world and for good reason. It had a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine, good for 507 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, to go with a newer 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox and AMG-tuned Airmatic suspension.
In a straight line, the E 63 AMG could rocket from a standstill to 60 mph (97 kph) in a little over 4 seconds, which continues to be highly impressive even to this day.
As luck would have it, we’ve just found one such car through Doug DeMuro’s Cars & Bids platform, and it’s a gorgeous all-black example with 50,700 miles on the clock. This thing is so sleek and so mean, it kind of looks like Germany’s version of a Chevy Impala SS.
According to the ad, the car features 18-inch AMG wheels, Airmatic suspension (hopefully working properly), dual sunroofs, a Designo Alcantara headliner, Nappa leather upholstery, Black Birdseye Maple wood trim, power-adjustable, heated and ventilated front seats, four-zone automatic climate control, a Harman/Kardon sounds system and cruise control, among many other goodies.
There are a few slight modifications, such as a Sunveer Motorsports Godhand carbon fiber front lip, a Teyes CC3 2K touchscreen head unit with Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay compatibility, a trunk-mounted MB Quart amp and tinted windows.
Otherwise, the car appears to be just as it was when it left the factory, apart from some creases in the leather on the driver seat, and the steering wheel audio volume controls not working.