Almost two months ago I checked out a 1991 G-Wagen that served Swiss Military well before passed on to civilian use for many more years of enjoyment and constantly explaining what the heck it is. Today’s Mercedes-Benz, and by Mercedes-Benz I mean Daimler-Steyr-Puch, is also a Swiss service vehicle. This one saw service with the Feuerwehr (fire department) in the small town of Stansstad in central Switzerland. From there, it looks like it ended up in the Netherlanders before finding a home with a collector in New Jersey. Unlike the Puch I checked out earlier, this 230GE isn’t a stripped-out spartan workhorse. It’s actually a nice place to be for a service vehicle.
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 121,869 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
Current owner is an avid collector of rare and unique vehicles and when he was contacted about about this particular G-Wagon he had to have it.
When you drive this vehicle, it is obvious to observed that it was fleet maintained as the motor and transmission shifts smooth between gears.
Steering and suspension also functions the way you would expect, and I personally would have no reservations about driving this vehicle daily for long distances.
Acceleration seems to be much improved over the Diesel model, but please don’t expect this vehicle to throw you back in your seat like a new Ferrari.
Very reliable vehicle.
Please note I believe the lights and sirens have been disabled, and I am not an expert of restoring these systems.
Find another in this condition !!!
Very solid vehicle.
Log of service calls that this vehicle responded to is included and hand written.
So Cool !!!
Body has one small spot of corrosion under the paint is on rear driver side quarter-panel and is photographed (see photos).
During my searches around the internet for cool cars, every once in awhile I run across an ex-utility vehicle that catches my eye. This is one of those vehicles. A 1969 Mercedes-Benz L408 G Auxiliary Fire Van. Originally commissioned for Fire Department of Heide in Northern Germany, this van has all the pros of owning a fire vehicle without all the cons of owning a fire truck — most notably finding a place to park it. So let’s take a deeper look at this cool old van up for sale in Santa Barbara, California.
You can’t really buy American firetrucks and drive them personally. Forest service greenies or the chief’s Blazer, maybe, but our real fire trucks are fricking huge. Euro firetrucks operate in much more confined spaces (and budgets), meaning they end up with sweet conversions like this 1980 Volkswagen LT45. Something like the T3’s big brother, we’ve seen a Syncro LT45 before that looked like it was ready to roam the desert because it knows that winter is coming. This is no Syncro DoKa, but it is a dually 5-speed diesel van that could serve many uses. It currently has the hose reels, but unless you want those the seller says he’s pulling them out. The seller seems confident that $16k is his price – do low miles and rarity counteract the generally rough appearance?
Seemingly-endless work stress and hours have me daydreaming of following a friend’s recent tack of selling everything, buying a Westfalia, and striking out on the road indefinitely. The Westy is a great choice, but I also entertain the idea of converting a vintage G-wagen or the like into a go-anywhere, do-anything camper. The modular versatility of these machines makes them perfect for all kinds of usage thanks to their military background. Today’s 280GE is a beautiful example of a non-blinged G-wagen, but it still contains its fire brigade hardware, so I’ll have to keep looking for my camper. Having covered less than 15k miles, it would be awesome for… well, I’m not actually sure what this would be good for, but I know it’s awesome!
Model: 280GE Fire Command
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 14,097 mi
Price: Reserve-on auction
GR Auto Gallery is pleased to present this 1983 Mercedes-Benz 280 GE German Fire Command Apparatus for purchase. The G-wagon vehicles were produced by Mercedes-Benz and Puch to be the ultimate go anywhere and survive all conditions vehicles. Their durability over the years is legendary, and simply calling these vehicles all-terrain SUV’s is an incredible insult. This is a 1983 280 GE 4×4 model adapted for firefighting service in Osterburken, Germany (with the logo still on the side). The words above the Osterburken logo, “Freiwillige Feuerwehr”, essentially translate to English as “volunteer fire department”.
It’s powered by the original 2.8L inline 6 cylinder engine with a 4-speed manual transmission. The odometer reads 22,687km which is equivalent to only 14,097 miles. This vehicle is in excellent condition as an always stored inside well maintained fire vehicle. It has three seats, 2, fire extinguishers, working lights & siren, a large capacity generator, roll-up mechanical rear door, spare tire, spot light, and tire chains.
Mercedes-Benz is well known for their luxury vehicles in the US, but until the arrival of Sprinter vans in select dealerships, many in this country were unaware of the name the company has made for itself over the years with commercial vehicles. From large buses to the utilitarian and supremely capable Unimog, these commercial vehicles are known for their robust nature and going about their business without much fuss.
Similar to the Unimog that Nate featured last week, this 408 Quad Cab was pressed into service with a fire department, having called a small town in Northern Germany home for some years. Now this 408 is on offer in Michigan.
Model: 408 Quad Cab
Engine: 2.2 liter inline four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 24,856 miles
Here is essentially a once in a lifetime opportunity to own (and operate) and authentic piece of German history. This 1974 Mercedes-Benz 408 Quad Cag was used in Duingen, Germany as a local fire truck. Duingen has a population of 2,875; therefore, all fire fighting personal is made up of volunteers. “Freiw. Feuerwehr Duingen” painted on the side of this 408 translates to Fire Department of Duingen, which is department #28 as labeled. The fire department was established in 1911 and they have been operating as volunteer fire fighters since, with similar but obviously more modern vehicles (see photos).
With a population under 3K, this truck did not get a lot of action. It just rolled over 40K kilometers, which is just under 25K miles. Most of the miles were recorded once the vehicle was imported into the U.S. as it served as a food distributor for previous owner, hence the easily removable canopy and vending slots on rear drivers side.