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.
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.
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.
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.
High and low gear
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.
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.
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed maunal
Mileage: 41,822 km (25,986 mi)
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.…
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:
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.