Does your mom need a new car? With Mother’s Day just around the corner, maybe now is finally the time to get mom out of her tired old family hauler and in to something that offers a little more excitement. Rather than a usual minivan, SUV, or station wagon, we’ve found a few creative suggestions for anyone looking to spoil their mother this Mother’s Day – and they’re all for sale on AutoTrader.com.
1993 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL
It may not be an SUV or minivan, but this long-wheelbase, full-size Mercedes-Benz sedan is certainly roomy enough for mom to take the kids to school, soccer practice, and music recitals. Yours won’t be the first family to ride in it though – that honor went to Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and their kids, who were the first owners of this luxurious S-class more than a decade ago, before it was sold by a Beverly Hills broker to its current Southern California owner. It’s not cheap at nearly $13,000, but it comes with some paperwork with Cruise’s name and signature – proof that the Hollywood legend once called this Benz his own.
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
Mom will certainly stand out at soccer practice with this highly customized 1958 Chevrolet station wagon. Featuring a 350 cubic-inch V8 mated to an automatic transmission, this mean, Northern California-based family hauler underwent a full frame-off restoration in the mid-1990s, bringing it up to its current top-quality condition. If mom needs any convincing before she parts with $18,000 for a 50-year-old car, try to sell her on its features, which include disc brakes, power steering, and even air-conditioning. Plus, it has a front bench seat – convenient for trying to squeeze one more first-grader up front on the carpool run.
1983 Mercury Marquis Colony Park
A complete time capsule straight out of the early 1980s, this Mercury Marquis wagon features flawless wood paneling, a pristine interior, and all new leather, tires, wheels, and hoses – plus an odometer reading less than 4,400 original miles. According to Middlekauff Auto Mall in Twin Falls, Idaho, this Marquis was found preserved in a barn, and was restored to showroom condition with a little reconditioning. While this Marquis bears an uncanny resemblance to the Family Truckster from National Lampoon’s Vacation – the original movie car was based on the Ford LTD, the Marquis’ mechanical twin – we’d hope even Clark Griswold would think twice before strapping Aunt Edna on the roof of a car this nice.
2007 Hummer H2
Does your mom like pink? Does she really like pink? This 2007 Hummer H2 is about as pink as it gets, from the Pepto-Bismol exterior to the pink seats, pink dashboard, pink door panels, pink center console, and pink Louis Vuitton headliner. Located in Kissimmee, Florida, this H2 may be the world’s most feminine Hummer – and it can be yours for $60,000. Sure, that’s a lot of money for a four-year-old H2, but with two rear TVs, 22-inch chrome wheels with a lift kit and custom tires, and the made-to-order interior, it’s a virtual certainty that this H2 is cheaper to buy than it would be to recreate. Just be sure your mom really likes pink.
2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG
OK, OK – this one might be more for dads than moms. With a baby on the way, many fathers-to-be are forced to trade-in their sports cars for station wagons or SUVs to appease expectant mothers. Indeed, many family-oriented cars aren’t that much fun – and few fun cars are family-friendly. Enter the Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG: a 507-horsepower, 6.2-liter muscle car, capable of 4.7-second zero-to-60 runs…and seating for six. Indeed, the Alabama-built “Mercedes minivan” was offered in this little-known AMG version, though less than 200 were built before the German automaker pulled the plug due to lack of demand. Nonetheless, the unusual vehicles do occasionally pop up on AutoTrader.com – like this certified 2007 model, available for $47,895 at Prestige Motors in Paramus, New Jersey.