1980 Mercedes-Benz 280GE

It’s been almost two weeks since I last featured a G-Wagen, so I figured I’d get back on the saddle and bring to you today a 1980 Mercedes-Benz 280GE up for sale in beautiful Aurora, Colorado. As you might have noticed, this W460 isn’t a stock vehicle but it’s not so crazy that you’ll look like one of those people who drive from Canada to Argentina in one trip. In fact, the only thing that is really different from every other basic W460 out there are some G55 AMG wheels wrapped in massive 35 inch tires, a set of shocks and springs to fit those massive tires, some fender flares to cover those massive tires and some torsion bars to make sure those massive tires actually get can down the road. Notice a pattern here?

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1999 Mercedes-Benz G500 Cabriolet

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?

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2005 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG Limousine

Last week I checked out a really cool short wheel base right hand drive G500 in the UK and explained that you can basically have a G-Wagen any way you want it. Well, today’s G is another way get your kicks and if you haven’t noticed, this one is quite a bit longer than the last G I checked out. This is a 2005 G55 AMG that has been stretched and of course, updated with the G63 bumpers, wheels and badges that seems to be all the rage now. The stretching sadly wasn’t a factory job and because of that I’m going to stop short of calling it a true Pullman and instead go with the more tradition term of limousine. Although this stretching job looks really well done, I do have a couple of questions and one big red flag.

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2001 Mercedes-Benz G500

I’ve looked at my fair share of Mercedes-Benz G-Wagens here. From the rusty 1985 280GE for $12,950 to the street-legal monster truck 2017 G550 4×4² for over $250,000, I’ve covered nearly all of them. They all make sense in one way or another as you can basically find a G to do anything you really need it to do. Need a military vehicle? Here is a 1991 230GE. How about a fire truck? Another 1991 230GE. Topless beach cruiser? I’ve got a 1992 300GD for you. But this 2001 G500 3-door for sale in Hampshire, England is a mystery to me and I wish I knew the full story. Let me explain.

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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

2015 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

Earlier this week I looked at a SL550 Mille Miglia 417 that was (dis)graced with matte black paint and red accents throughout. My argument was that it was an SL that no SL buyers wanted. Today’s vehicle, a 2015 G63 AMG, is along the same lines of being just as ostentatious, but Mercedes gave buyers exactly what they want.

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Year: 2015
Model: G63 AMG
Engine: 5.5 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 12,728 mi
Price: $134,880 Buy It Now

Special Edition-CC1 package (“Crazy Color Edition”)-2015 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG? with a Sunsetbeam paint finish and a $20,000 performance studio package, which includes designo Carbon Fiber trim, two-tone paintwork, 20″ Black AMG five spoke wheels, …plus much more. This Special Edition, pearl shimmering vehicle is about as equipped as Mercedes-Benz makes a G-wagon/wagen, and is a limited edition sparten truck offered in only select countries.

If you are buying a G-Wagen, you are probably buying it for one of two reasons: To own a one-of-a-kind ultimate off-road vehicle that offers features unlike anything on the market or to own a vehicle that you can still be noticed in even if you can’t find a parking space directly in front of Starbucks. If you are in the latter of those options, Mercedes gave you everything it in power to get those eyeballs on you by offering their legendary G in every color that comes out of the Skittles bag. I’m serious, AMG calls these the “Performance Studio Colors” which are “Bold and adventurous and have an iridescent shine, perfectly complementing the glossy black accents of the wheels and roof.”  You have your choice between orange, purple, lime green, yellow or red. This 2015 is painted in Sunsetbeam Orange wasn’t just a special color you picked out, you had to drop an addition $20,000 for 20-inch AMG 5-spoke wheels, designo Black Nappa leather with color stitching, designo AMG carbon fiber trim, and AMG sport front seats. A real bargain if you think about it.

So what do you have to spend to have all the the eyeballs on you? $134,000. If you were to buy this exact G63 new as a 2017 model year, this would set you back nearly $170,000, plus tax, title, and license fees of course. This means the depreciation on the first two years and 12,000 miles was roughly $30,000. If you are a serious buyer for one these, that has to scare the hell out of you. Yes, G-Wagen residuals are generally much better than every other mass produced luxury vehicle but this is still an extremely expensive way to get yourself noticed. Then again, Mercedes-Benz knows this and they’ll keep pumping them out to the hoards of people ready to sign on the dotted line. All the more power to them I suppose, I’ll just stick to Skittles.

 

– Andrew

Roll the dice? 1985 Mercedes-Benz 280GE

Rust never sleeps. No, not the 1979 Neil Young album. I’m talking about actual rust. The thing that kills vehicles and ultimately our livelihood. In my opinion, once you start battling the rust bug, it turns into a never ending war. Sometimes you can live with it if it’s cosmetic but once it starts turning into a structural problem, you have a big problem. Unfortunately for this 1985 Mercedes-Benz 280GE for sale in Ohio, the rust problem has probably hit the point of no return.

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Year: 1985
Model: 280GE
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 117,000 mi
Price: $12,950

Chassis: WDB46023217045680

A 1985 Mercedes 280 GE Wagen. Grey with a black leather interior, automatic transmission. 117,000 original miles. Just came out of a long term ownership. Has been off the road for some years, we just got it running, and it runs and drive well.

The body is very straight, no signs of any accidents. There are some rust spots by the windshield, the rear tail lights, and the rear tail gate as you can see in the pictures. Also, as you can see there is some rust on the undercarriage as well.

A good driver, needing work.

Any questions welcome.

Please message or call Frank Sajjad at 2166452100.

(We can help to make arrangements for worldwide shipping.)

Shipping cost to Rotterdam or Felixstowe, UK is $1,500

Price: $12,950

When I first glanced at this W460 3-door, I thought it looked a little rough around the edges. But after cycling through the photos and really taking a look, I think this one is sadly too far good. Rust has begun to consume almost every body panel on the 280GE and the undercarriage wasn’t spared either. The driver’s side rear panel that holds the taillight into body is disintegrating into nothing and that poor taillight is holding on for dear life. The sad part is that isn’t even the worst of it. The entire lower part of the sheet metal holding the front windshield is nearly rusted through on almost the entire width of the vehicle. I would be shocked if water wasn’t sneaking into the cabin through there already. Under this W460, the frame actually looks solid. It’s just everything else that is a rotting mess. The interior isn’t much better as the carpets looks like they’ve been exposed to water for some time now. Whether or not that’s because this truck has been in water up over the doors or that much water actually leaks into the cabin is anyone’s guess.

The price of $12,950 is the cheapest I’ve seen for any running and driving G-Wagen that wasn’t smashed in somewhere. Usually the buy-in price for any G is around the $20,000 mark so if you’re doing the math at home like I am, it’s not adding up. Honestly if you took this thing to any competent body man he’d chuckle and tell you he needs to get back to work. There is no fixing this truck outside of an entirely different body shell. If you reached that point, your money should be going somewhere far more useful. The 280GE is probably bound to live out it’s days as a farm truck or off-roader only because any state with vehicle inspections would take one look at this thing, chuckle and tell you he needs to get back to work. Even if you cut the price in half I still can’t see it being worth it given its issues.

– Andrew

2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4²

The Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² is one of the craziest creations to not only come from Mercedes-Benz but the car world in general. I would have liked to have been in the meeting at the Mercedes-Benz offices in Stuttgart when they mocked up the 4×4². But perhaps it would be even more crazy to have been in those same offices when they decided to build these things and sell them to the general public.  The already unique G-Wagen had its ground clearance increased by nearly 8 inches and front track widened by more than 10 inches thanks to the wonders of portal axles. This of course was all to make room for 22-inch rims wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion ATR 325/55R22 tires that look like they belong touring the country at Monster Trucks shows rather than cruising down the street in your local (extremely wealthy) town. Now that these squared machines are starting to show up at a dealers like this one for sale in Florida, I had to dig a little deeper to check one out.

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Year: 2017
Model: G550 4×4²
Engine: 4.0 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 48 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Fort Lauderdale Collection is proud to present this ALL NEW 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4 Squared . The G-Class rises to new heights.

The G550 4×4 Squared is based on the 6-wheeled AMG G63 6×6 (minus one axle). Using an all-wheel drive system that includes portal axles and a newly developed variable chassis, this Mercedes-Benz has off-road prowess like none before it. Combine that with a new 4.0 liter biturbo V8 (416 hp, 450 lb-ft of torque), throw in some unique styling cues and top it off with world-class luxury and technology features and you have the recipe for the ultimate luxury 4×4.

This one comes in the absolutely stunning “design Mystic Blue”. This color looks AMAZING, and the AMG carbon fiber wheel arches and LED light array take it up another notch.

Features are too many to list here. Suffice it to say, this truck comes with everything you would expect in a Mercedes-Benz, plus features that are sometimes hard to find. Things like Heated and cooled front seats and heated rear seats, massage front seats, GPS Navigation system, rear-view camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, Premium audio system, 115 v power outlet, 22″ wheels, power moonroof, and a lot more.

Please take a look at all of our gallery pictures, and feel free to call or email us if you have any questions at all.

I think these things are absolutely nuts. I’ve always thought of stuff like this to be only concept cars that you might see built for some quick publicity but in practice would be far too troublesome and expensive to actually produce. But not this one. Mercedes had to project that these would be snatched up as soon as they could make them by the ultimate “look at me” buyers who not only wanted prestige but the same driving position as a school bus. It’s not only the height that gets me about these, it’s the width that I can’t get over. Something this wide has to be a totally nightmare to drive in any kind of situation where you objects beside you. Heck, even pulling it into a parking spot has to be a process.

So what does this monster cost? You can pick one up around the $230,000 range, which considering all that goes into these, that’s probably not the worst deal ever. What’s interesting about this specific truck is that it’s not for sale at a Mercedes-Benz dealer despite only having 48 miles on it. Why is this interesting? Because that means it can be exported without Mercedes putting your name on their black list and telling you never to step foot in one of their dealerships ever again. Regular G-Wagens and GLs are extremely popular in places like China where prices might be three times as much for the same exact vehicle we get here in the US. So “agents” buy new vehicles from the US dealers then promptly put them on a ship never to be seen again. Mercedes along with other automakers don’t like you making money that way and getting their product cheaper elsewhere, so about a year ago manufacturers really came down hard on dealers who knowingly sell vehicles that will be exported.

Since this 4×4² is currently one of the hottest vehicles for sale today and any potential buyer doesn’t have to deal with those pesky authorized dealers, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if this blue monster was promptly put on a ship never to be seen again.

– Andrew

 

1987 Mercedes-Benz 300GD

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.

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Year: 1987
Model: 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.
Two difflocker
High and low gear
Powerstearing
Tembo Roofrack
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. Unlike the 240GD which used a 4-speed manual, you get an extra gear with this truck which will help you actually maintain a cruising speed on the highway if you chose to do so. Inside, you don’t get much and the rear cargo area is nothing but two metal boxes and some hung plywood.

For almost $26,000, you are getting a hell of a G-Wagen that is probably best suited for exploration and overland travel. Keep in mind this 300GD is in the Netherlands so you’d probably be looking at over $30,000 to bring it state side. This is a lot of money for not a lot of luxury. But you probably aren’t really interested in that if you are even looking at one of these. For someone who lives for the outdoors and wants a pretty capable machine to conquer it, this G is tough to argue.
– Andrew

1987 Mercedes-Benz 240GD

If you are shopping for a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, you have a couple choices. Those choices range from the military-spec models with steel floors and 65 horsepower to the “I had no idea that was even possible” G500 4×4² with portal axles and everything in between. Today’s G for sale outside of Philadelphia is one of those military-spec models that has been softened up a little just to make living with one of these bricks on wheels a little more bearable.

CLICK FOR DETAILS:  1987 Mercedes-Benz 240GD on Philadelphia Craigslist

Year: 1987
Model: 240D
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed maunal
Mileage: 41,822 km (25,986 mi)
Price: $24,000

Well sorted 1987 Mercedes Benz 240 GD with only 26,XXX miles. Truck runs great and is a blast to drive. Everything works as is expected. Looks great with new interior, paint and soft top.

Power to the G-Wagen is provided by a naturally aspirated OM616 2.4 liter inline 4 cylinder diesel which is known for its durability. This is the engine that has received recognition for reaching the 1,000,000 mile mark without a rebuild.

The Transfer Case and Differential Lockers make this one of the most capable 4X4s on the market. Power flows through the transfer case which is adjustable on the fly – 4×2 High, 4×4 High, 4×4 Low. Front and Rear Differentials are lockable independently with pull knobs.

This 1987 240GD is a ex-military truck that has been modernized to the best of the sellers ability to make this G a little easier to live with day-to-day. It has a leather steering wheel and seats, a new fabric top and paint that isn’t camouflaged. But truth be told, this thing is still quite Spartan. It still has the tiny OM616 diesel engine, no radio or air conditioning, the floors are still steel and the toughest pill to sallow, it has a top of speed of about 55 mph. When I say 55 mph, that doesn’t mean it can cruise comfortably at that speed, that means at 55 mph that little 2.4 liter inline four is screaming at the top of it’s little lungs. Of course this thing being a brick on wheels doesn’t help things either.

The price of $24,000 is fairly reasonable for a military 240GD that has been gone through and this specific truck is probably one of the nicest ones I’ve seen. In my opinion, I’d be spending that $24,000 on a G that is much more livable than this one. Unless I really wanted a G-Wagen that I could take the top off of, there are probably much better routes to take to get your G-Wagen fix.

– Andrew