1980 Mercedes-Benz 280GE

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I love finding anti-G55/G63 G-wagens, and here’s one that’s been used hard but is ready to go for more. It’s an Idaho off-roader, ready to take on trails and backcountry in a way that fully exploits its original intentions. Racks, lights, and big tires all create a great look in addition to being very useful, and the short wheelbase looks like a blast in the hills. It has low mileage but quite a bit of lurking rust, which should keep the price low.

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1986 Mercedes-Benz 240GD

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Do you get jealous of the brightly-colored Land Rover Defenders romping around the streets, looking all tough? Well, today we have a Geländewagen that looks ready for safari, enough so that it will probably be regularly mistaken for its British counterpart. With just 40k miles and a great diesel/manual combo, it’s a very nice off-road package. Bidding is hot on the no-reserve auction for this orange beast that will never be taken for a road-going G55 or G63.

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1985 Mercedes-Benz 280GE

The search for the perfect Providence commuter continues, and I’m constantly drawn back to these 1980s Geländewagens. Part of that is the inherent appeal of the G-wagen, with chunky good looks, rugged utilitarianism and honed-from-granite build quality. Sure, it’s about as fluid a design as what my 2-year old would draw and didn’t take much imagination; Draw one rectangle with two circles underneath, and on top place a slightly smaller rectangle. Job done! But the proportions are just right and with the right tires and alloys, the stance is perfect. Another reason that the G is on the list of cars that are acceptable in this household? My wife likes them and thinks they’re cool – rare for Mercedes-Benz products in her mind:

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1986 Mercedes-Benz 240GD “Wolf”

For all the glitz and glamour of the current models, the Mercedes-Benz G class was originally intended for military consumption. However, much like the Hummer H1, the jet set took a liking to this vehicle and ran with it. Now we have AMG models of a rough and ready off-roader, answers to a question it seemed no one asked in the first place. If you want an honest, back to basics G-wagen, dial back to the 1980s, as there are a few bouncing around on these shores courtesy of the importer at the time, Santa Fe Motors in New Mexico. In addition, now that we’re at the point that most 1980s machinery is eligible for legal importation, interesting variants like this 1986 “Wolf,” built for defense operations in mind, have started to make their way across the pond. This one for sale in New Jersey is perfect for someone who wants to take the road less travelled off-road. Literally.

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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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~ 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

[ZK0] CHARCOAL, DESIGNO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
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