1991 Mercedes-Benz 230GE

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.

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Year: 1991
Model: 230GE
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.

RARE !!!

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).

Priced to sell !!!

This vehicle is at my shop, and gets more attention than the 1986 Ferrari 328 GTS, or the rotisserie restored 1968 280 SL it is park along side.

Everyone wants to know the story about this very unique G-Wagon !!!

Pre-Purchase Inspections encouraged at my facility.

In typical Swiss fashion, this truck looks extremely well cared for. Over 20 years of service isn’t kind on anything but this 230GE has held up great. I’m no expert on Swiss fire departments, but if I had to guess this was probably some support vehicle and wasn’t exactly running full speed to fight fires. The interior is super clean outside of some leftover equipment and the cloth seats are free from any heavy wear. The rear cargo area is all diamond plated which I haven’t seen before but if that works when carrying heavy gear I’m not one to argue against it. Outside, the paint shines bright and clean but there is some rust starting the bubble on the rear quarter panel. What’s interesting is that this W463 still sports snow tires with a couple of them being the great Nokian Hakkapeliittas so it’s probably seen some snowy roads in its life.

The bidding on this one will be interesting. Early W463 G’s are sought after much more than the W460/461 trucks and seeing as this one is already on US soil without having to deal with any import logistics, I can see this one being very popular. This fire service theme is cool and all, but the real value here is the creature comfort this offers. You can drive this truck everyday in total comfort and although it’s a bit underpowered with the M102, it’s still fine to drive without much planning. It wouldn’t shock me to see bids of north of $20,000 here and it’s hard to argue against that price.

– Andrew

1969 Mercedes-Benz L408 G Auxiliary Fire Van

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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.

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1980 Volkswagen LT45

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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?

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Low-mileage 1983 Mercedes 280GE Fire Command

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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!

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Year: 1983
Model: 280GE Fire Command
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 14,097 mi
Price: Reserve-on auction

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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. This is a very easy vehicle to drive. It shows great for a collection, but don’t forget this is an all-terrain 4×4 G-wagon that you could have some fun with. Please call or email for more details!

VIN number is: WDB4602331702713

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This is one of the nicest vintage German fire/utility trucks I’ve seen. Again, it’s hard to see it being much use beyond a cool eccentricity at a car show, but I certainly hope someone sees its value and keeps it running and out in the world. Or maybe you live in a rich enclave with a volunteer fire department (I’m looking at you, Tahoe). This would be the best volunteer firetruck ever!

-NR

1974 Mercedes-Benz 408 Quad Cab Fire Truck

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.

Year: 1974
Model: 408 Quad Cab
Engine: 2.2 liter inline four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 24,856 miles
Price: $14,900

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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. The previous owner also claimed that there are only two other 408 Fire Trucks in the U.S., and after an in-depth search, we concluded the same. The example we have here is by far in the best condition.

This German Fire Truck features its original red paint over an industrial like gray metal interior with gray cloth bucket seats up front. It is powered by a 2.2L Inline 4-Cylinder gas engine mated to a 4-speed manual floor shifted transmission. The wood bench in the back was used for fire fighter passengers and the PTO shaft in the front was used to power a water pump from the engine to spray water on the flames. The ladder and rack are all intact and the blue warning lights/European siren functions properly. Other features include a working FM radio, trailer hitch, two-position locking rear doors, full spare tire, temperature control, push-button ignition, and comes with original manual (all in German) and two sets of keys. All lights and electrical system function as intended.

This is an excellent collector piece or another food vendor’s dream. Either way, it’s a great deal on an extremely unique and head-turning historic German automobile.

The asking price certainly seems like a lot of metal for the money, and one could imagine that you could use this truck for a variety of purposes, from camping to a race team chase vehicle. You wouldn’t get to the track in a hurry, but you’d surely cause a stir when you hit the pit lane. This bright red truck is hard to miss and you’d certainly divert attention away from some of the competition vehicles on the grid.

-Paul