Another week, another G-Wagen. Last week it was the crazy G55 AMG limousine and the week before that it was the short wheelbase G500 for sale in the UK. Today, we have another short wheelbase G but as you might have noticed, this one has a little extra feature. This is a 1999 G500 Cabriolet that was federalized by Europa (read more here about them) for sale in New Jersey with a little over 65,000 miles. It’s a no-frills G outside of that slick power top that will make any Wrangler or Defender owner as jealous as can be. But the price, are you sitting down?
Earlier this week I looked at a ex-military Mercedes G-Wagen in a 1987 240GD. Today is another 1987 ex-military G-Wagen but this one is setup to be a little more livable — at least for what it is. Unlike Monday’s truck, this one has a roof, a radio and is even capable of keeping up with traffic. But let’s not get carried away, you are still a long way away from cruising to the mall while taking photos for Instagram with your Starbucks cup leaning against the steering wheel. So let’s take a look at this Dutch 300GD.
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 71,606 km (44,493 mi)
Price: Buy It Now $25,995
Ebay does not reconise European Vinnumbers: WDB46131017053012
G-zuna is very pleased to offer this nice G Wagon with Low Milage and in a unique shape
Very Rare Unique Overlander/Expedition
G Class with a Rebuild OM 603 Turbodiesel (Engine is redone)
Stick 5 and lots of features like the sandplates with hidden storageboxes, special sparewheel holder.
High and low gear
Warrior whinch with Plasmastrand and a very nice whinchbumper and together with the black Brushguard it looks really impressive.
Runningboards and Alloy in black. High-Jack in the storage box and lots of light on the car as you can see on the pictures.
Don’t get me wrong, this is still very much a bare bones G-Wagen where comfort is an afterthought. This truck was setup to work judging by all it’s accessories and specifically the built in storage boxes that fold open. That is something I rarely see even on the ex-military trucks. The engine is the OM603 3.5 liter diesel that was notorious for cracked heads and bent rods but according to the seller it was rebuilt so I’d assume a new head was fitted to fix this.
I’ve always thought the early W463 Mercedes-Benz was the pinnacle of all the G-Wagens that made it to production. It has enough creature comforts to make you feel like you aren’t a member of the Slovak Republic Armed Forces on a counter-terrorism mission (seriously, 43 military organizations around the world use a G-Wagen) but not so many modern toys that everything is already broken inside it or at least on the verge of being. It has comfortable seats, a modern HVAC system, a nice stereo system and some real wood trim. You still got your choice of gas engines as well as a diesel that didn’t have 84 horsepower. Mercedes also gave you a choice of a five-door or a three-door and, perhaps most surprising, a three-door Cabriolet. Today is one of those convertibles for sale in Italy and since it’s a 1992, it’s only one month short of being eligible to be imported to the United States under the 25-year importation rule.
I have a love-hate relationship with the G-Wagen, the 4×4 from Mercedes first introduced in 1972 as a military vehicle. I think that the contemporary, blinged-out AMG versions driven by celebrities and Hollywood moguls are an abomination, a crime against motoring humanity. But on the other hand, I’m quite partial to the older, more humble trucks on which they’re based. (I clearly have a thing for boxy old SUVs: I adore vintage Range Rovers, and used to own a Jeep Cherokee XJ, though the less said about that the better.) The original trucks are honest in a way the modern behemoths are not. The G-class was never supposed to be nice to drive, luxurious or a status symbol of wealth and conspicuous consumption. It was a spartan, utilitarian vehicle intended to transport soldiers across inhospitable terrain or, when sold to the public, farmers across boggy marshes.
So lets start off with a quick Thursday evening history lesson. Way back in the grand time known as the year 2002, Mercedes-Benz finally decided to officially grace North America with its wonderful Geländewagen, or ”G-Wagen” for short. Or, ”G-Wag” if the next words in the sentence are ”sittin’ on 22-inch rimz.” So with the G-Wagen starting production 1979 and Mercedes never officially offering them for sale at dealers until the model year 2002, someone had to feed the need of wealthy North Americans who saw these on their vacations in Swiss Alps and wanted to get something else besides a P38 Range Rover that had a permanent EAS Fault message on the dash. That ”someone” were the guys at Europa G-Wagen located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their business was pretty straight forward, they would bring over G-Wagens from Europe, do all the very expensive dirty work of federalizing these SUVs so they weren’t subject to the 25-year import rule, then distribute them all over the country. Their business did so well that they became the exclusive U.S. importer of the G-Wagen and eventually gained U.S. Small Volume Manufacturer status. This all went really well until 2002 until Mercedes gave them the ”we’ll take it from here” and bought the U.S. distribution rights from Europa. This left the company to focus more on service, parts and accessions. Today, Europa still dabbles in importing G-Wagens, but mostly in the models we never got here such as the three door Cabrio.
So, every once in a blue moon one of these W463 Europa SUVs pop up for sale. Today, we have a 2000 G500 in Colorado that deserves a closer look.
Many of my G-Wagen posts are centered around finding examples that counter the G-series unfortunate decline into status symbols as overblown as watches with four-inch faces. Today’s brings all the tough with a few bumps and bruises as well as an aftermarket truck bed. With a long wheelbase, 4WD, and bulletproof diesel, this would be an outstanding work truck. It looks pretty rough for being just 20 years old – a mere childhood in a G-wagen’s lifespan. The downsides are a rather optimistic asking price and the fact that it currently resides in Amsterdam. If the seller is serious about getting international interest, he’d do well to provide a bit more information.
Today we have a Geländewagen that covers a lot of ground, and not just in the typical all-terrain beast way. Sure, it can do all the badass stuff, but it’s looking unique and clean with a low-mileage diesel and an amazing interior. Seriously, plaid AND jump seats?! It all looks pristine and the price reflects it. If red is your color and you want to have a little of the GWagen panache without the overwrought AMG details, this is a great choice.
Year after year, as vehicle styling becomes more homogenous and technology advances, there is still one good, old standby out there: the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen. Most Americans know the G-Wagen as a V8, leather-lined über SUV, but it wasn’t always so. These trucks started life with military service in mind and soon became popular with the public as their off-road prowess was discovered. Some G-Wagens made their way stateside early on courtesy of importer Europa International in New Mexico and finally Mercedes-Benz began importing the G officially beginning with the 2002 model year.
This 500GE for sale in California was imported privately and legalized and is a well kept example of the first V8 engined G-Wagen, which had the M117 V8 under the hood.
Engine: 5.0 V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 142,965 mi
Price: Auction – No Reserve
Selling for no reserve…
Rare opportunity to own a 1993 Mercedes Benz 500GE Euro G Wagon with 142k miles. Its as rare as they come. Sure to appreciate. Only 500 were made and these were the very first V8 G Wagons produced! It is the tried and true 463 chassis just like the current models G wagons. The Amethyst color is unique to the 500GE and only available on the 500GE limited edition.
The VIN is WDB46322817089712. Ebay does not recognize the Euro VIN number.
This is a legally imported G wagon and is currently registered and titled in California. The car has the California BAR sticker in door jam. It is required for legal smog testing. Car passes smog with no problems. Registered in California since 2005. It cost thousands of dollars to import the car to USA and a long wait time. Clearance was performed by Wallace test labs. Save your self the headache and buy one already imported and legally registered!
I know, I know, this isn’t German SUVs For Sale Blog, but this was too cool to not post. Short for Geländewagen (German for cross-country vehicle), the G-class was developed as a military vehicle, and served as the vehicle of choice for dozens of governments, and even Pope John Paul II. The G-wagen is recognizable by its boxy styling, which has remained essentially unchanged in its 30 year tenure. Featuring full frame construction, a torque monster 2.8L I6, low range gearbox, and three fully locking differentials, it makes for one of the most capable off road vehicles ever.
The G-wagen was eventually offered to the civilian market in 1979 and was offered in three models, the four cylinder 230G, the six cylinder 280GE, the four cylinder diesel 240GD, and the five cylinder diesel 300GD. All of the power plants were based on the offerings from the W123 line. They were available in three different body styles; a two door open model, five door, and three door like this 280GE for sale in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
1984 Mercedes-Benz 280GE on eBay
1981 Mercedes-Benz 280 GE
New Fuel Lines
New Brake Lines
Reconditioned Original BBS Wheels
Aftermarket CD Player and Speakers
Original Interior 4 Speed Manual Transmission No A/C
This is my personal 280 GE that I bought in February 2007. All of the paint work was done professionally at my shop Autobahn Collision. My wife wants to remodel our house so my truck has to go. Speedometer is not currently working. Feel free to message me with any additional questions you may have.
While admittedly most of us here are not SUV fans, there are certain trucks we bend the rules for; classic Land Rover Defenders, G-Wagens and the Lamborghini LM002 just to name a few.…