1985 Mercedes-Benz 280GE

It’s hard to believe that the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen has been with us for 35 years. In an era when Mercedes styling has become more daring than ever, this boxy truck has defied trends and continues to offer unmatched levels of off-road prowess with the latest luxuries. Once Mercedes-Benz started officially importing this model to the US, however, the G-wagen became a bit soft around the edges, losing a bit of that simple ruggedness that endeared it to military and rescue services the world over. This earlier, imported 280GE for sale in California, however, is set up for the more hardcore enthusiast, looking quite purposeful in black with large, slatted roof rack. Equipped with a higher horsepower, Euro spec M110 inline-6, it has been certified as 50 state legal.

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1985 Mercedes-Benz 300GD

While the Unimog Doka I wrote up a few days back is truly a vehicle I desire, I can admit that it’s probably not the most practical vehicle in the world. Navigating the ultimate Mercedes-Benz off-roader around local roads would likely be fun at first, but I can envision it ultimately being a headache. I recently watched a clip of Jeremy Clarkson rolling around England in a Hummer H1, and I imagine the Unimog would be similar. While it’s not exactly as tight as Cambridge, England cart paths around here in New England, nor is it like Texas. What makes more sense for a rugged, go anywhere, impossible to kill commuter? Well, we’re back to a G-Wagen, of course!

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1986 Mercedes-Benz 250GD

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I’m always interested in old-school G-wagens that kick the sparkly stuff in the faces of the people that see them as accessories similar to those watches with 4-inch faces, or 30 lbs of platinum tennis bracelets. This almost 30-year old green example is in fantastic shape from less than 60k miles, but it eschews the standard glitz and chrome for a great green and flat black exterior. The extra kick to the 1%’s groin is instead of “V8 Biturbo” on the side, it says “Schnitzel.” Yep. Be careful when you sit in any of the NINE seats, because there’s a strong chance you’ll get some serious awesome rubbed off on you.

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1997 Mercedes-Benz G300 CDI Convertible

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I’ve alluded to my annoyance at the ubiquity of the AMG Geländewagens around Silicon Valley, as growing up there was a mystique to insane breathed-on monster SUVs. The German marques have seemed to erase all mystique in their performance brands by expanding them to every model and selling as many as possible. Today’s G-Wagen would turn some heads and probably elicit some envy from G55 owners, intrigued by this short wheelbase convertible that will seem to the rich but ignorant to be a very expensive and unique car when it was in fact a more base version in other parts of the world. Living in Canada but with a US title, this would be an extremely capable off-roader with diesel efficiency and Jeep-like convertibility. The importation and rarity doesn’t make it cheap though, with an asking price that could easily get you a very nice, newer G55.

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1993 Mercedes-Benz G36 AMG

The 1990s was a time of transition at Mercedes-Benz. Model nomenclature evolved from numbers at the beginning of each model to a letter, Porsche was commissioned for a super sedan in the form of the 500E/E500 and AMG, the engineering firm responsible for a lot of Mercedes-Benz motorsport success and performance oriented street vehicles became a subsidiary under the Three Pointed Star umbrella. Their first official vehicle was the W202 based C36, a compact sports sedan intended to battle for enthusiasts’ wallets right in BMW’s Motorsport backyard. Right before the C36 appeared, an AMG oddity appeared, something that would grab the attention of the burgeoning SUV market: the G36 AMG.

This pumped Geländewagen appeared some years before Mercedes-Benz would flood the US market with G500s, G550s and AMG tuned examples that have become so popular with the rich and famous. With a breathed on 3.6 liter inline-6 under the hood, this G-wagen would give off-roaders a bit more juice when tackling those steep hills with this truck’s renowned three locking differentials.

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4WD Week: 2009 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG “Le Tech Bigfoot”

The Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen has a reputation that precedes it. Around the world, this truck has been known for its superior off-road capability, in no small part due to its three locking differentials. As a result, it has become a favorite of emergency services and militaries the world over. In the US, however, the G Wagen has a bit of a mixed reputation. I’ve always been a fan of the beast. Those who know me tend to shake their head in disbelief, as many friends who are non-automotive enthusiasts can’t understand who would pay good money for such an ugly thing, as some have called it. For me, however, the beauty of this vehicle lies in its functionality. While many Americans view the G Wagen as an accessory for the rich and famous, it sells this truck short on its history, longevity and purpose in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. This has been the longest produced vehicle to wear the Mercedes-Benz badge, now going on 34 years.

This particular 2009 G55 AMG for sale in Texas has had a number of alterations, including a lifted suspension, knobbier tires and slimmer bumpers handy for traversing those steep inclines. The modifications may seem a bit crass given the luxury intentions of the AMG G Class, but this is one seriously capable off-road machine.

Year: 2009
Model: G55
Engine: 5.5 liter supercharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 16,667 mi
Price: $129,999 Buy It Now

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TEAM AUTOPLEX IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE GERMAN OFF-ROAD WINNER, “LE TECH BIGFOOT.” A 2009 BEHEMOTH SUPERCHARGED MERCEDES BENZ G55 AMG SUV, WITH ONLY 16,667 MILES ON THE CLOCK!

*** WOW!!! OVER 200K INVESTED IN THIS TOTAL TRANFORMATION AND VALUED TODAY AT $172K ASKING ONLY $129,000! THIS ONE IS A MUST SEE AND WON’T LAST LONG SO CALL 713.789.0000 NOW! ***

*** FOR OUR OVERSEAS CUSTOMERS, TEAM AUTOPLEX WILL SHIP YOUR VEHICLE WORLDWIDE! ***

~ 2 OWNER AND CLEAN AUTOCHECK

~ 5.5L V8 SUPERCHARGED ENGINE

~ AMG SPORTLINE PACKAGE

~ HEATED LEATHER DESIGNO SEATS FRONT AND REAR

~ LOTS OF CARBON FIBER ACCENTS INSIDE & OUT

~ 18′ ALLOYS W / 37 x 12.5 / R18 YOKOHAMA TIRES!

~ SUNROOF

~ NAVIGATION / REAR BACK – UP CAMERA

~ SATELLITE

~ BLUETOOTH

~ POWER WINCH

~ OASIS COMPRESSOR – AUTOMATIC TIRE INFALTION

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INCLUDED STANDARD EQUIPMENT

INTERIOR
10-way pwr heated multi-contour front bucket seats -inc: pwr lumbar 3-position seat memory, adjustable head restraints, neumatic side bolsters, thigh support
4-way pwr tilt/telescopic steering column -inc: memory, easy-entry & exit feature
AMG leather & wood-trimmed shift knob
Anti-theft alarm system
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic dual-zone climate control -inc: electrostatic dust filter, adjustable rear cabin vents at rear of center console
Auxiliary pwr outlet
Carpet in excellent condition
Center console w/attachable & adjacent cup holders
Cruise control
Designo leather seat trim
Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
Electronic analog speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge & coolant temp
Floormats in excellent condition
Front/rear carpeted floor mats
Heated 60/40-split-folding rear seats w/(3) adjustable head restraints
Integrated 3-button HomeLink compatible garage door control
Interior in excellent condition
Leather & wood-trimmed heated steering wheel w/multi-function display controls
Leather-trimmed parking brake lever/boot
Locator lighting w/path illumination
Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System display -inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders
Multi-function displays in speedometer face -inc: trip computer, engine oil level check, digital speedometer, message indicator, driver-programmable settings, navigation system route guidance, exterior temp gauge, audio status, engine coolant temp, phone menu
Night security illumination
Pwr windows w/1-touch express down
Rear parking assist
Rear view camera
Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff
Seats in excellent condition
Silver accented AMG instrument cluster
SmartKey infrared remote -inc: windows open/close, sunroof open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock
SmartKey system -inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, driver-programmable user-recognition features, drive away automatic locking
Stainless-steel door sill trim
Steering wheel audio controls
designo natural maple wood trim

EXTERIOR
19″ x 9.5″ AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheels
Bi-xenon light-sensing headlamps w/heated high pressure washers
Chrome-finish front bumper underbar
Chrome-finish front turn signal cages & tail lamp cages
Chrome-finish grille guard w/brush guard
Corner-illuminating halogen foglamps
Exterior in excellent condition
Intermittent rear wiper w/washer
P265/60R18 mud & snow spare tire w/alloy wheel
P275/55R19 mud & snow tires
Privacy glass -inc: rear doors & quarters & liftgate
Pwr heated signal mirrors -inc: auto-dimming driver side, mirror memory, reverse tilt-down
Pwr heated windshield
Pwr tilt/slide sunroof
Rain-sensing intermittent front wipers w/heated washer system
Single red rear foglamp
Stainless-steel running boards
SAFETY
3-point front seat belts w/Emergency Tensioning Device (ETD), belt force limiter
3-point rear seat belts w/outboard Emergency Tensioning Device (ETD)
4-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) w/brake assist
4-wheel Electronic Traction System (4-ETS+)
Advanced tire pressure monitoring system
Child safety rear door locks
Driver & front passenger airbags -inc: dual-stage driver airbag, BabySmart deactivation system
Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
Front/rear window curtain side airbags
Programmable daytime running lamps
Universal LATCH system (Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children) at rear outboard seating positions

MECHANICAL
(3) locking differentials
2-speed transfer case
5-speed automatic transmission w/driver-adaptive shifting
5.5L SOHC 24-valve AMG supercharged V8 engine
AMG pwr slotted & vented 4-wheel disc brakes
AMG sidepipe exhaust w/(2) stainless-steel tips per side
Front stabilizer bar
Front/rear tow hooks
Permanent 4-wheel drive
Recirculating ball steering w/power assist, hydraulic damper
Rigid front/rear axles -inc: longitudinal & transverse links, coil springs, gas shocks

ENTERTAINMENT
COMAND cockpit management & data system -inc: 40-GB hard-drive-based navigation system, Bluetooth interface, enhanced voice control, harman/kardon sound system, AM/FM stereo, integrated 6-disc CD/DVD changer, Sirius satellite radio, HD radio, iPod/MP3 media interface, auxiliary audio input, Mercedes-Benz Tele Aid system

TIRES
37 x 12.50 / r18 Yokohama tires

WHEELS
18 inch aluminum wheels in excellent condition

At the current asking price, we’re well over the original MSRP of a stock G55 AMG, which was just a touch over $100,000. While the modifications included on this G55 are not cheap, only the very well heeled with extra money lying around to spend on a play toy might go for something like this. Even a normal G Wagen isn’t ideally suited to everyday use, but at least it’s conceivable to employ it on the school run. However, if you used this to pick up the kids, rest assured your child will make a lot of new friends who just want to have a go in this beast.

-Paul

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

1980 Puch 230G Geländewagen Firetruck

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For reasons that shall not be discussed, I was subjected to my first complete episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” this weekend. It displayed the epitome of German brands’ downfall in terms of true cachet with enthusiasts as the once-rare-and-cool Geländewagen rolled through LA, insane supercharged V8 and all. So while I get very excited by weird German firetrucks, these days you do run the risk of people thinking this is Justin Bieber’s newest joke way to wrap his car.

In the end though, screw whoever thinks that. This was an Austrian fire chief’s chosen transport, and it’s so Austrian it has Puch emblems instead of three-pointed stars (Steyr-Puch built the Geländewagens in Austria back then). So, for those that actually care, this fire truck lights all the candles on the obscure scale.

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Year: 1980
Model: 230G Geländewagen
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 86,467 km (~ 53,728 mi)
Price: $17,900

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We are pleased to offer for consideration a 1980 Mercedes/Puch 230G Fire Command Vehicle. Steyr-Puch produced “G-Wagons” for Mercedes-Benz to distribute. This vehicle is labeled with Puch placards because it was a Chief’s vehicle in Austria. It was bought from Germany and imported to the United States for a collector here.

The G series are world renown for their all-terrain durability. They were originally used exclusively as military vehicles before civilian versions were produced in 1979. The “popemobile” used by Pope John Paul II was a 230G. They are incredibly durable and very fun to drive.

The engine for Puch 230G is a 230 cubic inch inline 4 cylinder gasoline fed engine. The 4-speed manual is very smooth to make for comfortable driving. This fire command vehicle was used by a Fire Chief to respond to incidents in Stopfenreuth Austria. “Feuerwehr” translates to “Fire Defense” and “Notruf 122” translates to “Emergency 911.” It does seem weird to dial 122 though.

1980 G Wagons are extremely rare in the United States well before you consider it’s a retired fire apparatus. Please note that the odometer reads in kilometers. The 86,467 kilometers equate to 53,728 miles. Please call or email for more details!

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There’s no need to make a value claim on this. Factoring in the deep sadness of driving the same general car as insane alliterative famewhores, G-Wagens will never be a good value again. But if you’re lucky enough to have never seen an episode of what passes for pop culture these days and you think driving a German firetruck is awesome (because it is), there are worse ways to spend $18k.

-NR

1994 Mercedes-Benz G300

The last two short-wheelbase Geländewagens we featured were of the soft-top variety, but if you aren’t a fan of open roofed SUVs, then here’s the G-Wagen for you. A short wheelbase G300. This was the year that Mercedes-Benz reversed their nomenclature, with the 300GE turning into the G300. Compared to the four-door variant, this right-hand drive two-door looks a bit stubby, but is just as capable of tackling the rough stuff as its larger sibling due to its party trick: three locking differentials.

Year: 1994
Model: G300
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 130,000 km (~ 81,000 miles)
Price: $25,000

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Hello, you are looking at a mint condition 1994 SWB (Short Wheel Base) G300. This is an extremely rare vehicle. There may be a handful in the USA, IF that. This car was imported by me personally into Vancouver, Canada and inspected/registered/insured earlier this month. It has travelled 130,000 km during the past 19 years. That equates to just under 81,000 miles. It has never been in an accident, minor or major. A paint meter will confirm this. This is not a G55, not even a G500. It is a W463 but shares only the excellent build quality with the more familiar, luxuriously appointed new G’s. As you can see in the photos it does have some wood trim, but is a bit more utilitarian with the rubber accessories (door handles, shift knob) and the cool cloth interior. It was also wired for parking lights to pass the inspection (red on rear quarter panel, amber up front), but they have been tucked nicely behind the bumpers. Daytime running lights are still functional. During the past few weeks I have been getting it back into tip top shape before and after my drive down to LA (ran beautifully). Here’s a list of recent (past 3 weeks’) work:

New OEM brake pads
New OEM turning lights
New Nissens radiator (oil cooler was broken in last one)
New coolant reservoir (old one was leaking)

All fluids have been flushed and filled:

Synthetic oil
ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid)
Transfer Case
Front and Rear Differentials
Ball joints and propeller shaft greased

The service history is not complete but there is a booklet in Japanese with some of the previous maintenance work done. Nothing stood out as major.

What it needs to be perfect:

Small ding on passenger side
Larger ding and paint chip on front of roof
Passenger window regulator (goes up and down at half speed, still functional)

What you could do if you felt like it:

Replace rotors
Recharge A/C (Though it still blows cold, could be ice cold)
Replace tires (some cracks, about 3/8 inch left of tread)

While the six cylinder engine would be attractive in markets where fuel is more expensive, it might be a tougher sale in the US, given that buyers in this market can be power hungry. Also, the RHD setup might be a bit of a hard sell for some buyers. Regardless, the body is very straight and the paint is rather impressive for a car closing in on six figure mileage. Given the few items that need attention, I’d suspect there’s some room for negotiation here, as the price is a bit on the high end.

After all these years, the G-Wagen still looks the business. Other than the fact you are missing two doors, who but the most careful observer won’t think you just dropped over $100,000 on what is arguably one of the most capable SUVs on the market?

-Paul

1984 Mercedes-Benz 280GE

From 1993 to 1997, Land Rover sold the Defender in the US market, but the truck was eventually done in by ever increasing safety standards. Replaced by the smaller but less rugged Freelander, the Defender has become sort of a cult car for those who have serious off-roading to do or for those who live in the urban jungle and sport Patagonia apparel. Now prices for these SUVs have gone through the roof, with exceptional examples bringing north of $50,000. Luckily, there is a less expensive, German option. The Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen.

It took guts for Mercedes to introduce this off-roader into the US market over twenty years since it first debuted, but it has become an icon here. While few will dare scratch the surface on what this off-roader can tackle, those who have pushed the boundaries with these vehicles know they are worth their weight in gold. Earlier G-Wagens, such as this 1984 280GE are a good choice for those wanting to experience the G-class magic but who might not need all the modern frills.

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Year: 1984
Model: 280GE Cabriolet
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 58,550 miles
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Mercedes-Benz 280GE Cabriolet on eBay

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This Rare Mercedes 280GE (G-WAGEN) is in EXCELLENT mechanical and cosmetic condition; all signs of a loving owner! This vehicle was a special order grey market truck. The 280GE G-Wagen combines classic styling, safety, comfort, performance, all terrain capability and unmatched build quality. Many have considered the G-Class to be the ultimate All Terrain Vehicle on the market.

These G-Wagens were the first of there kind. In 1984, when this car was built, there was no such thing as an SUV. These trucks were built originally designed for the military, years before Hummers or SUVs were even thought of! The 280GE “G-Wagen” offers a rare opportunity to own unique vehicle with all of the modern conveniences. She sports a leather trimmed interior, an abundance of comfort and convenience options and the performance of the venerable 2.8 Liter, inline 6-cylinder engine. This motor offers great economy and value. The quality and craftsmanship of the build is exceptional. It carries on the tradition of Mercedes-Benz quality, elegance and safety, that has been the envy of all other car manufacturers.

The exterior is finished in smooth gloss black paint, complemented with a soft and supple tan leather interior. The paint is in excellent condition with very light signs of use. The interior is also in excellent condition with very light signs of use she is clean and fresh. The sharp, classic lines, and timeless styling of this vehicle are unique and unmatched. There are many pre-owned luxury SUVs out there but if you are looking for a unique and beautiful SUV, this is the one!


The engine has just been rebuilt, and is the smooth and responsive 2.8-liter, fuel injected, inline 6-cylinder engine mated to a smooth shifting 4-speed automatic transmission. This G-Wagen is in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition. She has been owned and maintained by a collector, has had frequent services and shows only 58,524 carfaxed miles. The soft top is new! This is a rare truck and one of the nicest on the market. Enjoy the G-Wagen experience for a fraction of the new truck price!

VEHICLE CONDITION:

· Body: Excellent condition

· Engine: Rebuilt! Less than 100 miles

· Paint: Excellent condition with very light signs of use, great shine and luster

· Bumpers & Fender Flares: Excellent condition

· Interior: Excellent condition with very light signs of use

· Soft Top: New!

· Mats: Excellent condition

· Windshield & Glass: Excellent condition; clear with no cracks or chips

· Tires: New matching set of BF Goodrich all-terrain tires

Wheels: Excellent condition. Rear wheel painted black to match the truck. Please feel free to email at Steven@classiccargallery.com or call at 203 256 9800 if we can answer any questions.

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The 1979 230G we featured last month sold for just over $12,000. That particular G-Wagen was down two cylinders, had a manual transmission and while well-kept, wasn’t as nicely presented. As of writing this post, this 280GE has hit over $20,000 with almost 30 bids, but hasn’t met the reserve. On the seller’s website, they have the vehicle advertised at $46,900. This G-Wagen is a nice truck, but it may be tough getting that kind of scratch when the first officially imported G500 four-doors are almost 20 years newer and fetching less on the used market. But, for the person wanting

-Paul