1979 Mercedes-Benz 230G Cabriolet

It took a few years for Mercedes-Benz to finally pull the trigger and officially import the Geländewagen, or G-Wagen to the US. But when they did, it was a shot in the arm for the venerable old truck, as thousands of new customers discovered the amazing capabilities of this vehicle. This is a truck that is close to being with us for 40 years, yet still puts modern machines to shame. When they began importing them, Mercedes brought us solely the four-door variant, powered by a 5.0 liter V8, with AMG versions and a larger 5.5 liter V8 to follow. This two door convertible variant for sale in Florida is one of the very first to be manufactured with an interesting story to tell.

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Year: 1979
Model: 230G Cabriolet
Engine: 2.3 liter inline four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 92,202 miles
Price: No reserve auction

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Rare California CARB Certified 230G Mercedes Geländewagen Cabriolet, Imported by AMG USA.

This G actually has an interesting history. This is one of the first G-Wagens ever made. It is number 127. The G is in fact so early that it is part of the original batch made for the Shah of Iran, but never delivered. The Shah was the reason for the G, he owned most of Mercedes at the time, the largest shareholder. He demanded a car be built to rival the Land Rovers. He placed the first order to pay upfront for development costs. The Shah ordered over 700 to be built and start a hand-assembled production line. This was #127 in that fleet. He was deposed in 1979 and never got all his G-Wagens. They were then locked up in a warehouse in Austria and sold years later through authorized and friendly to Mercedes “channels’….this one being brought over to the states with a few others by AMG.

It has some oddities that no production G has. Differences in trim like mb-tex wrapped console and 1 piece gauge cluster, metal window sashes, heavy duty frame and chassis, modified rear cross tubes, air intake baffle, etc. 92,200 miles with all records since imported in mid 1980s. Was imported into California and Certified correctly with DOT, EPA, CARB by AMG. Car includes all original AMG paperwork that documents the miles and conversion to US specs.

Nice driving car, little to no vibrations as found on many old Gwagens, good smooth drivetrain, nice clutch, etc. 4wd works as it should. Low Range Transfer case with shift on the fly 2:1 reduction works well. Axle Differential Lockers in both front and rear diffs (need servicing). Lockers have not been used in a long time, likely need new brake fluid flushed thru locker system. Brakes need servicing.

Nice condition tires, all terrain type, on original steel wheels

Spare tire on swing out carrier

Rear Seat Bench folds down and forward, and is also completely removable with just two bolts

Soft Top with Safari Frame and mounting rails and cords

Center console in great shape with no cracking

Dash pads are nice, see one photo showing small portion towards the driver side that has some adhesive missing

Alpine CD Stereo with removable face

Rear Mudflaps

Front Mud Aprons

MB Tex original seats in good condition in the front, rear bench has tear in bottom

This G was originally furnished new with a Stromburg Carb 175 which has been upgraded to a Weber. Please note that the rear right bumper corner is broken, and is taped together. Note that in most photos the car is missing one front bumper corner, but that has been replaced since the photos were taken. Please note that the soft top works well, but that the rear roll up window has a small tear in the bottom and its zippers only work so-so. The rest of the top works very well, and that roll-up rear window is likely all needing repair. Car has not been used in foul weather in many years. Top was just put back on the car for the first time in over 8 years.

Thank you for your interest. It is an interesting rare Geländewagen. It comes with the original GFG build tag and is stamped 127 which matches the frame stamping. If you’re a Mercedes G follower on Ebay, you may notice this car has been relisted because the first auction did not meet reserve and the second deal fell through. The car has not been used and is in the same condition stated in previous auctions.

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These early G-Wagens are more affordable than the modern day, more luxurious versions. Given the early build number and ties to the Shah of Iran, this 230G should garner a decent amount of interest. It’s hard to put a value on these, as we don’t come across a lot for sale stateside. Given the earlier G-Wagens we’ve seen here at GCFSB and the fact that we have a no reserve auction, I’d suspect bidding may finish somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,000.

-Paul

1993 Mercedes-Benz 500GE

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.

Year: 1993
Model: 500GE
Engine: 5.0 V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 142,965 mi
Price: Auction – No Reserve

1993 Mercedes-Benz 500GE on eBay

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!

Car has only 3 owners from new. First owner took delivery in 1993 in Germany. Car cost over 200k dm new. The exclusive 500GE was never publicly offered by Mercedes Benz in Germany but instead sold by word of mouth by Mercedes salesman. Owners of S class and G class were offered the new model coming and 500 models were sold within a year. Owners never saw a brochure or a real car before placing their order. Mercedes produced 500 cars only and that was the end of production!

The 500GE was subsequently sold to second owner whom purchased the car from Germany and imported here to USA. Car was legally imported and tested thru Wallace test labs in 2005. Now the car is owned locally by me in San Francisco California. Clear title in hand. Front special Euro plate 500GE is included with sale.

Car is equipped with the factory M117 Mercedes V8 240HP power plant. Bullet proof and super reliable engine found in many Mercedes. It has a 4 speed automatic transmission that was recently rebuilt by Peter Schmidt transmissions at 105k miles in 2006. The car has been very well maintained and comes with a serious stack of service records. Thousands have been spent making this 500GE road worthy and reliable.

Here is a list of some of the work done:
**Transmission rebuilt 105k
**Head gaskets replaced 105k
**Complete valve job 105k
*New front brakes and rotors last month
*4 New Michelin tires less than 500 miles ago
*New Bosch battery at 141k
*Replaced distributor cap/rotor, fuel pump filter, air pump filter, fuel filter, major svc etc 139k
*Replaced all shocks with new Bilsteins 134k
*New fan clutch, new fan blade, spark plugs. 132k
*Resealed steering box, serviced AC system, trans service 122k
*Replaced both fuel pumps and accumulators 114k
*Replaced windshield and seal 2012
*Replaced signals to clear and new rear tail lights
*New dual Magna flow tips

There are more records of the work performed than what is listed. The full receipts will be included with the sale. The car runs and drives beautifully. The motor and transmission are strong and healthy. Only issue is that it has some binding when making a sharp turn in parking lot or U turns. Could be CV joints or transfer case.

Original tool kit, jack and first aid kit are all in perfect condition and never used. The paint is very nice and has a great shine. Some nicks and scratches here and there. See pics. No rust. Chassis is clean and not off roaded. The leather is perfect with factory two tone black and grey hides. The Burlwood is perfect and very luxurious. Carpets are excellent. Headliner is excellent. AC system blows cold. Radio was changed out for sony cd player. Non smoker car. Check out the Euro factory tow hitch. Cool German reflective tint from Germany. Factory black running boards and brush guard.

The side pipes were added for added appearance similar to a G55 AMG exhaust. This car was not abused or off roaded. The chassis is clean and tidy. It was a garaged car and rarely driven. Original amber markers and signals are included with the sale.

At no reserve, I’ll be very curious to see what this early V8 G sells for. An early US market G500 with similar mileage can run you between $20,000 to $35,000 on average, so I’d suspect we are somewhere around the low end of that range. While it is rare and one of the first V8 G wagens, I’m not quite sure the rarity of being the first V8 G would garner a value that much higher than the later G500s and G550s. It is, however, a neat piece and serves as a line of demarcation from the more utilitarian Geländewagens to the refined, luxurious, yet still hard edged off-roaders we know and love today.

-Paul

Theme Week: 2011 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG Designo

No 1% household is complete without the obligatory SUV. Most opt for the Range Rover; actually I think they are mandatory in certain neighborhoods. In a sea of generic luxury SUVs, how does one stand out with the valet at the yacht club? Enter the solution: the G55 AMG.

Normally I’d be tempted to discuss the 504 bhp supercharged AMG V8, or the G55’s off-road prowess, but these things are inconsequential to the 1%. Rather I feel the need to point out the “look at me” AMG styling that will turn heads all over town, the plush Nappa leather, and the navigation system that offers Zagat ratings for restaurants…you know the important things.

This arctic white G-Wagen for sale in Chicago, IL, is a god among men in the SUV market.

 

2011 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG Designo on eBay

The G-Class is powered by a 382-horsepower, 5.5L V8, while the high-performance G55 AMG gets a supercharged version good for 500 hp. The G55 can dash to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds, according to Mercedes-Benz. Fuel economy isn’t stellar, but it’s reasonable considering what the G-Class was built for: 12 mpg city and 15 highway. The AMG version achieves 11 city and 13 highway. Thanks to a serious mechanical 4-wheel-drive system, complemented by modern electronics, the G-Class has the goods for serious off-roading as well as simply taking on slippery road conditions. The system comes with three differential locks to distribute power in whatever way is best for the conditions. On- or off-road, traction is aided by the electronic stability control system, which also helps distribute power left to right. The G-Class is an old-style, truck-like SUV in look and feel, yet its interior is appointed with top-notch luxury materials, including premium leather, burl walnut trim and wood and leather trim elsewhere. The G55 AMG adds a Nappa leather interior and natural maple trim, plus 5-spoke wheels, special chrome trim, and illuminated doorsills on the outside. Inside, the G-Class provides a very upright driving position that’s quite different than in any other vehicle from the brand’s lineup; back seats have enough room for adults, but they’re not as easily reconfigurable for cargo compared to most modern SUVs. Also, the back door is hinged on the side rather than the top. Cruise control, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, rear heated seats and a parking assistant are included with the G550, as well as a heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated multi-contour front seats. The latest version of Mercedes-Benz COMAND screen-based interface is included on the G55 AMG, plus voice controls, a Bluetooth hands-free calling interface. There’s also a premium, 610-watt harman/kardon audio system that also features an SD memory card slot, iPod connectivity and Sirius satellite radio and HD radio tuners. The navigation system includes a 40-GB hard drive as well as live traffic info and Zagat restaurant ratings.

These are growing on me, and have become one of my favorite SUVs out there. The blend of luxury, off-road capability, and AMG muscle is untouchable on today’s market. The Arctic White over black leather is my favorite combo for this mainly because it’s not a common combo on these; you usually see black or silver. With an MSRP of over $130K, this barely used G-Wagen is priced reasonably; vs. a new one…I sure hope the dealer takes cash.

-Brian

 

1988 Mercedes-Benz 300GD

An entire generation vehicles has passed since the introduction of of the Mercedes-Benz Gelädewagen in 1979. Time marches on and even though there have been rumors over the past decade of this off-road vehicles imminent demise, this beast continues to soldier on, looking not too dissimilar from the day it debuted. Even though SUVs have been wildly popular here in the US for the last two decades, it wasn’t until 2002 that Mercedes-Benz gifted us this vehicle, as the only G-Wagens to arrive here before that were imported via Europa Motors in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This 1988 model has been worked over, with a 300SD motor installed and a specialty gearbox with low range. Painted in dark green with flared fender arches and a snorkel, this G looks ready to tackle just about anything that stands in its way.

1988 Mercedes-Benz 300GD on eBay

Up for sale is a nineteen 88 Mercedes 300GD turbodiesel with a 5-speed Wolf crawl gearbox. This truck was born a 300GD diesel with a 5 cilinder 617 engine coupled to a 5-speed Getrag gearbox. The truck still has its original forest green color with its original brown plaid interior. It has front and rear diff. locks, high and low 4X4 transfer box, RPM meter, snorkel on alternator, headlamp washers, fog lights front and rear, wiper and washer on rear door, front towpin and tow hitch and a set L/R front Mercedes G 460 rubber mats. The following modifications were made using only original Mercedes or Mercedes suppliers parts.

-ORC lift kit, both axles, with shocks 15cm. (www.orc.de)
-R.H. deep dish alloy rims 8.5J X 15 special G-wagon rims. (www.RH-alurad.de)
-17 cm Mercedes fender extenders matching the RH rims. the widest extenders Mercedes ever offered.
-Wolf, 711-116, gearbox out of a military 250GD. This gearbox has an extreem low first crawl gear.

Model number: G1/18-5/6.15. It is a super strong cast iron made in Gaggenau, Germany gearbox.
Reverse 5,347:1
1st gear 6,157:1
2nd gear 3,148:1
3rd gear 1,743:1
4th gear 1,278:1
5th gear 1:1

– 5 cil 617A turbodiesel engine out of a 1985 300SD. Car had 160kmi with a rebuild cylinder head.
– Set of ORC rock-sliders bolted, not welded, under L and R rocker panels.
-METAL Mercedes-G snorkel, from drivers seat not visable, hidden behind windshield post.
This snorkel also serves as an intercooler providing cold air straight into the air cleaner.
-Mercedes-G outside sunvisor.
-W463 functional vents in RF and LF fenders. A metal passage way was fabricated to allow hot air to escape the engine compartment.
-New Pro-Comp 15X12.50X35 tires.
-Truck was professionally repainted in its original factory color.
-Roof panel was painted in white.
-New heavy duty Sachs clutch plate, throw-out bearing, pilot bearing and clutch slave cilinder.
-Factory gaskets between bell housing and engine & bell housing and gearbox for water tightness.
-Correct new Wolf shift knob, Wolf shift mechanism and Wolf shift linkage rods.
-Larger capacity 300SD (617A) oil cooler was installed.
-Swiss Army foldable emergency shovel with matching leather holster mounted next to rear door on inside.
-Custom exhaust thru the chassis pipe, this was done to achieve optimal ground clearance.
-Turbo emblem on rear panel.

All filters and fluids were checked or changed. Engine was resealed while it was out on the bench. A lot of time, effort and $’s were invested in this truck in addition to help from knowledgeable and dedicated G-wagon experts from the USA and Europe. We have now created a beast that can be put up against any Mercedes G-wagon, especially new ones, and come out the winner every time. I have a free and clear title in my name, will assist with shipping. We have run the truck on WVO, he loves it! The snorkel, turbo and exhaust produce a nice whine especially under load. Sale is not complete until a Bill of Sale has been signed by both buyer and seller. Good Luck Bidding!!

I have 1 more G1/18-5/6.15 Mercedes Gaggenau cast-iron 5-speed gearbox available. Top Gear contacted me to have this G appear in their program!

Before Mercedes-Benz starting importing them officially, Geländewagens used to command high values, even when used. Today, the market for them is still strong, but I’m not sure if it is quite as strong as the asking price on this particular 300GD. While it has an impressive amount of equipment and work done to it, I’d estimate we might be about $5,000 to $10,000 too high, as I’ve seen similar vintage two-door Geländewagens on offer in that range. I could be wrong, however, as there are certainly G-wagon devotees out there who are willing to lay down a lot of cash for what amounts to one of the most capable off-road vehicles ever built.

-Paul

1984 Mercedes-Benz 280GE

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 Brakes
New Shocks
New Muffler
New Fuel Lines
New Brake Lines
New Battery
New Tires
New Mirrors

Reconditioned Original BBS Wheels
Aftermarket CD Player and Speakers
Refinished Exterior
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.

VIN: WDB46023217008913

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. This G-wagen is exactly as it should be, not a status symbol like the newer trucks, but an off roader like it was intended to be. The condition of this truck is cleaner than you’d expect from a 27 year old truck, with newer paint, and many other new parts, this SUV has been well cared for.

Average retail on these at about $12,000, with high retail around $17,000. Taking into account the maintenance work, new paint, and the rarity of these trucks, I could see this G-wagen going in the $14,500 range. No matter how you feel about SUVs, this truck is cool and is definitely a great alternative to a modern SUV. Besides, if it’s good enough for the Pope, it’s good enough for me.

-Brian