2016 Mercedes-Benz G300 CDI 6×6

I know what you are saying. ”Another G-Wagen?” Yes, but if you saw the title and looked at the photo you can understand why. This is a 2016 G300 CDI 6×6. Yes, a G300 CDI, which means this thing is powered by the 3.0 liter OM642 V6 diesel engine and of course, it is a 6×6, too. These special Gs are called the LAPV (Light Armored Patrol Vehicle) 6.1 used for military service for countries around the world. It doesn’t look like much now, but typically these are outfitted to look something like this or this. This 6×6 has also been upgraded with Beadlock 37-inch tires with a centralized pressure system in cab. Just for good measure, it is possible to tow a trailer weighing up to 4400 pounds. How much? It is a good thing militaries have large budgets.

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1991 Mercedes-Benz 230GE

The W461 Mercedes-Benz is a rare build of the G-Wagen that was dedicated for military and parapublic service. They are still as stripped down and basic as any W460 but the interesting thing is that production for these ran all the way up until 2001. Since the W463, the version that was catered for civilian use and still in production today, started in 1991, that means Mercedes was building two different G-Wagens at the same time for over 10 years. Once discontinued in 2001, Mercedes-Benz just decided to equip the W463 with whatever the specific military requests were at the time and carry on their building process that way. So when a W461 popped up for sale in Spain, I had to take a closer look at it. Of course, this one has a few specific features that makes it quite unique.

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Year: 1991
Model: 230GE
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 71,600 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1991 Steyr-Daimler-Puch (Mercedes-Benz) 230GE Pickup/Canvas Back

ACTUAL VIN: VAG46121917906304

Ex-Swiss Army, with rare automatic transmission and petrol engine. This w460 was one of the well-appointed Geländewagens supplied new to the Swiss Military, and it spent its entire life in that capacity as an Army support vehicle. Very low mileage and always beautifully maintained, it is entirely rust free and needs nothing. Runs and drives perfectly.

A true mil-Spec G-wagen, the Swiss trucks are exceedingly rare because they were equipped with the desirable 4-speed automatic transmission. This example is relatively unique in that it has been configured as a pickup truck (although a steel frame and rear canvas back is supplied, and photos of it fitted on the vehicle can be seen in the gallery.)

A tow hitch has been fitted (the vehicle is rated to tow more than five tons), and hydraulic fittings on the front can be utilized to operate various different types of equipment if desired, including a plow.

Straight, rust free and entirely undamaged, it is a unique piece of Mercedes-Benz history, an unusual bit of Swiss Military history, and a massively capable off roader with a drivetrain and body configuration ideally suited to use in the United States.

Olive drab paint is flat (of course) but even, and body panels are straight and undamaged. Interior is in excellent shape, as you would expect of the mileage) and everything works as it should. The vehicle fires instantly, even when ice cold, and drives exactly as you would expect a Mercedes-Benz product of this vintage to drive. Although not fast, acceleration is more than enough to keep up with modern traffic on virtually all road types, and the four speed automatic makes the operating experience entirely simple. Suspension, brakes and tires are all in excellent condition, and the vehicle has been recently serviced and is fully ready to go.

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NOTE: THIS VEHICLE IS LOCATED IN DENIA, SPAIN.

I am an American, living in Spain, and I export vehicles to the USA regularly. Although shipping costs are not included in the price of the sale, I have contacts with an established worldwide shipper and will work directly with the buyer to arrange delivery to the USA. I will drop the vehicle off at the port of Valencia for you at no additional cost, help you prepare all the proper documentation for shipping to the USA, and assist with US customs and importation on the USA side. The whole process goes very smoothly, usually takes less than 6 weeks, and usually costs less than $2000, port to port. Delivery through my shipper is available to New York, Baltimore and Jacksonville.

Once the vehicle is in your possession, you will also have all the documents you need to register the car in any of 49 states. (California excepted.) I can even arrange transportation within the USA, from the port to your driveway. In short, I am here to help with every step of the process of delivering this vehicle to you.

You are, of course, welcome to fly here and test the car for yourself before you bid, but if that is not feasible, I will be happy to take additional photos, videos, etc. and send them to you. Whatever you need. We can speak on the telephone, or by Skype, so you can see the vehicle in real time before you bid.

If you have any questions, please ask and I will post as many answers here as possible.

For more details, see www.autologymotors.com

First off, this isn’t technically a Mercedes-Benz. It was sold as a Puch from the company Steyr-Daimler-Puch out of Austria. They are a contract manufacturer who are responsible for the modern 4Matic systems and a bunch of other cool advancements, including the Halfinger Carter looked at recently.. They are exactly the same vehicle as the Mercedes, but they just have some different badges. This Puch G was sold to the Swiss military and judging by the hydraulic fittings on the front end, was probably used for some kind of construction or plow work. What’s surprising to me is that it has a 4-cylinder gas engine and an ultra rare automatic transmission. I can’t remember that I’ve ever seen an automatic in a military-spec G but maybe that’s what the Swiss asked for. Also, this W461 is setup in a truck configuration but my guess is that this wasn’t originally built this way judging by the rear window not looking very “Mercedes-like”. Inside, it’s the same bare necessities of bare floors, no air conditioning and no radio as well.

My guess is that this G has only been in private ownership for a few years because the Swiss military didn’t start replacing them with newer diesel G300s until 2014. How it ended up in Spain is anyone’s guess but seeing as it is the coastal resort town of Denia, it surely looks fairly nice for being a military vehicle. I don’t have a ton of insight as to where the bidding might end up on this one. Usually trucks like these hover around the ballpark of $15,000-20,000 but seeing all the special things that this G has, it wouldn’t shock me for it to end well north of that number.

– 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.

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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

Ur-Ur-Quattro: 1979 Volkswagen Iltis

Conventional enthusiast wisdom would say that if you want an older, sturdy German off-roader, you want a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. However, that stance completely ignores a very important vehicle in Audi and Volkswagen’s history – the Iltis. The story is multi-faceted, but it boils down to two different stories; Volkswagen’s need for a replacement for both the Type 181 (“Thing”) and DKM Munga, and the birth of the legendary Audi Quattro. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Volkswagen consolidated the various Auto Union brands into a revised Audi lineup – the result of which was an opportunity to replace Mercedes-Benz as the German military vehicle supplier, a lucrative contract. To do so, Volkswagen built a new Type 183 vehicle using spare parts from the lineup of vehicles it now oversaw – the chassis was in large part based upon the earlier Munga, and the mechanical components based upon the Audi 100. The second story goes that in winter testing of some Audi and Volkswagen products, snow covered roads seemed to be the undoing of all but one of the lineup of cars brought along; the new Iltis simply left the other cars behind and impressed engineers Jorg Bensinger and Walter Treser (yes, that Treser), who theorized that the drive system could see road use. The result was the blueprint for the Audi Quattro that would debut in 1980, but not before Audi and Volkswagen won the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1980 with an Iltis. While the Quattro legend would take Audi to a whole new level in the 1980s, not much appreciation is given to the father of the Quattro – they’re rare to find for sale but offer a neat alternative to the normal off-roader:

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1969 Mercedes-Benz Unimog

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Now HERE is a Unimog that is all set to be converted into my most badass of RVs. Used in Desert Storm by the Belgians, it’s been used as a cabinetry truck most recently. What I love, besides the quintessential Mog-ness, is that it has 90% of the hardware already installed for some fold-down beds. With the Pohl Cabinetry decals removed, the reversed H.E.L.P. on the front would be a great entrance into a campground, and by campground, I mean anywhere I want to sleep because nothing will stop a Mog.

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1943 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen – REVISIT

The Volkswagen Schwimmwagen we featured earlier this month has been relisted with a Buy it Now price of $185,000. Too steep for this piece of military history?

1943 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site January 2, 2013:

As they would say on Monty Python…..”and now for something completely different.” The Volkswagen Schwimmwagen (or “swimming car” in German) earned the distinction of the most mass produced amphibious vehicle in history. Over 15,000 were produced at the factory in Wolfsburg and in Stuttgart by Porsche, but only 163 are known to survive today. This was no doubt a result of their extensive use in combat by German forces in World War II. Based on Kübelwagen mechanicals, the Schwimmwagen had four wheel drive in first gear only and had self locking differentials on both front and rear axles. A screw type propeller could be lowered when afloat and power was provided directly off the crankshaft while the front wheels acted as rudders.

I’ve only ever seen one Schwimmwagen on US shores at a Volkswagen show a good while ago. These are rare little beasts and certainly are a conversation starter wherever you might venture. This Schwimmwagen has been restored and is on offer in Connecticut.

1943 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen on eBay

1943 VW Schwimmwagen. 4 wheel drive amphibious with rear propeller. This vehicle was manufactured by Porsche for the German Army during World War 2, it was able to cross rough terrain with the four-wheel drive and high body, it was also able to cross streams, rivers and navigate lakes ,making it a valuable asset to the military. They produced close to 16,000 making it one of the largest production of Amphibious vehicles ever, however almost the total production was destroyed in battle and after the war the allies used them for target practice, now they estimate there are probably less 200 remaining world wide.

This example was purchased in the USA about 10 years ago and totally restored by a collector who lives in my area, this is the second one he has restored, I sold the first one he restored last year and it now resides in a Museum in the far east. Both were restored to identical condition to be as correct as possible. Please study the photos contained in this listing carefully to see the detail and quality of the restoration. There are also many additionalvery detailed photos located on this page forzamotorsports with the usual com ending if you are serious about purchasing this vehicle, please take the time to study these.While the vehicle is in spectacular condition from the restoration if you look closely you can see evidence of past use, we are not sure exactly which campaigns this was used in, but it was used and probably survived several battles.

Please note. The 3 Rifles pictured on the vehicle are not part of this auction, they are not offered for sale with the vehicle, nor can they be purchased separately. They are not for sale. They were legally obtained and they have been deactivated they are only shown for display. They will not be included with this vehicle. Please don’t ask because the answer will be no. The vehicle is ready for museum display, military reenactment or just to be added to your collection. Vehicle is located in Northern Connecticut about 2 hours from New York City.International buyers welcome. I can help arrange worldwide shipping.

Before coming across this little bugger and delving into specifics I had no idea that they were so rare and that values are trending in the stratosphere. Just this year, an unrestored Schwimmwagen sold at RM Auctions for almost $150,000. Scanning the web, I spotted a few others that were well into the six figures. Given the condition of this car, I wouldn’t be surprised if it did sell for such a price. There’s a decent amount of bidding action on this car already, so it might just sell, depending on how reasonable the reserve is. Personally, I’d love to show up to a lake where I knew an Amphicar was rambling about just to see the look on the owners face.

-Paul

1985 Trabant Tramp

It doesn’t happen very often, but this car stumped me. Until now, I was unaware that the east German company Sachsenring produced a Kübel, or Jeep-like version of their famous model 601. Intended for military and border guard use, this was a variant with no doors, a canvas roof and a steel body, with exception of the front clip. Some may remember that civilian Trabants were made out of Duroplast, or a cotton based resin, due to steel shortages in Eastern Europe. This particular Tramp for sale in Missouri was brought over to the US by an automotive engineer who used it infrequently on short hops around town.

1989 Trabant Tramp on eBay

1985 Sachsenring Trabant Tramp Convertible. Believed to be the only one in the United States! Ultra rare Tramp convertible. Only 1,337 original miles (2,154 km). Border Patrol unit, like new condition inside and out. Four-wheel independent suspension. Iconic car with a huge cult following. Clear Missouri title. Fun to drive! Incredible mechanically simple and built to last. Ready to drive anywhere two cylinders can take you!

This 1985 Trabant was last owned by renowned automotive engineer, Peter Dawson. After a legendary motorsports career, which included initiating the MOPAR performance parts group within Chrysler, Dawson developed an affinity for unique cars. This Trabant has only 1,337 miles (2,154 km) and is an amazing automotive icon. It is also very fun to drive and will draw a crowd where ever you go! Powered by a 601 cc two-cylinder, two-stroke, air-cooled engine, backed by a four speed manual transmission, this charming little car will leave you smiling at its no-frills approach to motoring. This car has never been driven in rain or snow, always stored indoors, and is in excellent condition throughout. Everything on this car works perfectly.

Like the Beetle, and the Mini, Trabants are legendary cars. And like the Mini and Beetle, it is often referred to without any mention of its manufacturer, Sachsenring. Often disrespected, most times undeservedly, the venerable Trabant was in production for nearly 30 years with 3.7 million produced. Nothing is made nearly 4 million times without getting quite a few things right!

How did the Trabant come into existence? Before WWII, the factories in Zwickau were the home of Horch, a manufacturer of very high quality cars, including Audi. They were both part of the Auto Union group which also included DKW. When hostilities ended, Zwickau in East Germany fell under communist rule. Initially the factory was used to produce much needed tractors and trucks, but cars were badly needed as well.

Steel was rationed and in short supply, so research led to the development of Duraplast, a composite made up of a phenolic resin reinforced with cotton fibers. Duraplast panels are formed in a press similar to the process of pressing steel panels. A material still in use today, Duraplast proved to be very strong. In independent crash testing, Trabants were found to perform better than many small cars produced in Western Europe. With Duraplast bodies, very simple 2-stroke engines, and front wheel drive, the Trabants were durable, but also very easily repaired.

The Trabant P601 body style was retained until the end of production in 1991, leading many to believe that the cars stayed the same and no further development took place. In reality the cars were constantly developed and every year saw the introduction of a number of changes. The power output of the engine gradually increased, and engine improvements allowed it to run with much less oil. The brakes were improved, and the electrical system was upgraded from 6 to 12 volt. There were many other changes and the majority of them were able to be retrofitted to earlier cars.

In Europe, particularly Germany, a trend called “Ostalgie” or East Nostalgia, has taken hold. Cars from the Cold War period such as this Trabant have become fashionable once again. I can’t say how big Ostalgie is in the United States, but it doesn’t seem rampant from what I can tell. At a shade under $20,000, I think it’s safe to say this seller won’t come close to getting his asking price. This car has a very limited market and is not very usable in modern day traffic. Also, it may be hard passing emissions tests in certain states with a two-stroke engine. If I had to peg a realistic value, between $5,000 to $8,000 seems about right for a piece of East German history, but even that could be considered a bit high. I can’t help but think, however, what a neat conversation piece this would turn out to be at the next military convention or show.

-Paul

1962 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 404

With the Sprinter now being sold under the Mercedes-Benz badge in the US market, it has raised the profile of Mercedes-Benz and their commercial offerings in the US market. Over the years, Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles have run the gamut from buses to tractors, but one of the longest lasting commercial vehicles to wear the Three Pointed Star is the Unimog. With a high ground clearance, flexible frame and knobby tires, these were equipped to tackle almost any environment, from the desert to mountain passes. Not surprisingly, many were ordered for militaries the world over, such as this example for sale in California. This is a 404 model, which enjoyed the largest production cycle of any Unimog variant, and was available with a modified M180 six cylinder petrol engine, which produced 80 horsepower or could be had with higher compression heads to increase output.

1962 Mercedes-Benz Unimog on eBay

Here is an all original 1962 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 404 Troop Carrier in very good condition. No rust of any kind, everything works on this vehicle, lights, gauges, heater, wiper motors. It has all original tool kit, jack, spare, gas tank, wheel chock, shovel, ax, grease gun and owners manuals. It originally was for the German Army, then it was surplussed to the Belgian Army in the early 1980s and refurbished and then the Belgian Army surplussed it. Then it came here to the States in the late 1990s where it lived in Arizona until 2012. Then I bought it to California. They didn’t get a lot of miles put on them. All the canvas is in excellent shape. This vehicle is like a billy goat, it can climb just about anything. It has two lower range gears for creeping and four higher range gears for cruising for a total of six forward gears and two reverse gears. This thing is a blast to drive and turns heads wherever it goes.

The patina on this Unimog is just right. The original tools are a nice touch, as these could have easily been lost over the years. These are the kind of cars that you don’t want to obtain in meticulous cosmetic shape, as you would want to be able to use this truck for what it was built for. And according to today’s social constructs, that would apparently include the school run and grocery shopping.

-Paul