Austrian Special Forces 1984 Mercedes-Benz 280GE

Just when I thought I’ve seen everything. Mercedes-Benz G-Wagens have had a long history of use by police and military units, but this one might take the cake as one of the most unusual special builds I’ve seen on one of these. This is a 1984 280GE that was outfitted for the police tactical unit EKO Cobra of the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior. Built by the Austrian company Achleitner, this G is not only fully armored and bulletproof, it also has a full 360-degree gunner seat, a roof turret and port holes out of all the pieces of two-inch thick glass. All of this while looking like a somewhat civilian G-Wagen. Whatever EKO Cobra did or planned to do with this thing, they weren’t playing around. Now somehow and someway, this literal tank of a W460 made its way to Massachusetts and is up for sale to the general public. The thing is, this 280GE has to be close useless in most situations and at this asking price, will have even the biggest G fans scratching their heads.

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1980 Mercedes-Benz 280GE

It’s been almost two weeks since I last featured a G-Wagen, so I figured I’d get back on the saddle and bring to you today a 1980 Mercedes-Benz 280GE up for sale in beautiful Aurora, Colorado. As you might have noticed, this W460 isn’t a stock vehicle but it’s not so crazy that you’ll look like one of those people who drive from Canada to Argentina in one trip. In fact, the only thing that is really different from every other basic W460 out there are some G55 AMG wheels wrapped in massive 35 inch tires, a set of shocks and springs to fit those massive tires, some fender flares to cover those massive tires and some torsion bars to make sure those massive tires actually get can down the road. Notice a pattern here?

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Roll the dice? 1985 Mercedes-Benz 280GE

Rust never sleeps. No, not the 1979 Neil Young album. I’m talking about actual rust. The thing that kills vehicles and ultimately our livelihood. In my opinion, once you start battling the rust bug, it turns into a never ending war. Sometimes you can live with it if it’s cosmetic but once it starts turning into a structural problem, you have a big problem. Unfortunately for this 1985 Mercedes-Benz 280GE for sale in Ohio, the rust problem has probably hit the point of no return.

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Year: 1985
Model: 280GE
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 117,000 mi
Price: $12,950

Chassis: WDB46023217045680

A 1985 Mercedes 280 GE Wagen. Grey with a black leather interior, automatic transmission. 117,000 original miles. Just came out of a long term ownership. Has been off the road for some years, we just got it running, and it runs and drive well.

The body is very straight, no signs of any accidents. There are some rust spots by the windshield, the rear tail lights, and the rear tail gate as you can see in the pictures. Also, as you can see there is some rust on the undercarriage as well.

A good driver, needing work.

Any questions welcome.

Please message or call Frank Sajjad at 2166452100.

(We can help to make arrangements for worldwide shipping.)

Shipping cost to Rotterdam or Felixstowe, UK is $1,500

Price: $12,950

When I first glanced at this W460 3-door, I thought it looked a little rough around the edges. But after cycling through the photos and really taking a look, I think this one is sadly too far good. Rust has begun to consume almost every body panel on the 280GE and the undercarriage wasn’t spared either. The driver’s side rear panel that holds the taillight into body is disintegrating into nothing and that poor taillight is holding on for dear life. The sad part is that isn’t even the worst of it. The entire lower part of the sheet metal holding the front windshield is nearly rusted through on almost the entire width of the vehicle. I would be shocked if water wasn’t sneaking into the cabin through there already. Under this W460, the frame actually looks solid. It’s just everything else that is a rotting mess. The interior isn’t much better as the carpets looks like they’ve been exposed to water for some time now. Whether or not that’s because this truck has been in water up over the doors or that much water actually leaks into the cabin is anyone’s guess.

The price of $12,950 is the cheapest I’ve seen for any running and driving G-Wagen that wasn’t smashed in somewhere. Usually the buy-in price for any G is around the $20,000 mark so if you’re doing the math at home like I am, it’s not adding up. Honestly if you took this thing to any competent body man he’d chuckle and tell you he needs to get back to work. There is no fixing this truck outside of an entirely different body shell. If you reached that point, your money should be going somewhere far more useful. The 280GE is probably bound to live out it’s days as a farm truck or off-roader only because any state with vehicle inspections would take one look at this thing, chuckle and tell you he needs to get back to work. Even if you cut the price in half I still can’t see it being worth it given its issues.

– Andrew

1985 Mercedes-Benz 280GE

1I have a love-hate relationship with the G-Wagen, the 4×4 from Mercedes first introduced in 1972 as a military vehicle. I think that the contemporary, blinged-out AMG versions driven by celebrities and Hollywood moguls are an abomination, a crime against motoring humanity. But on the other hand, I’m quite partial to the older, more humble trucks on which they’re based. (I clearly have a thing for boxy old SUVs: I adore vintage Range Rovers, and used to own a Jeep Cherokee XJ, though the less said about that the better.) The original trucks are honest in a way the modern behemoths are not. The G-class was never supposed to be nice to drive, luxurious or a status symbol of wealth and conspicuous consumption. It was a spartan, utilitarian vehicle intended to transport soldiers across inhospitable terrain or, when sold to the public, farmers across boggy marshes.

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1988 Mercedes-Benz 280GE

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I love the G-Wagen. From the military-spec W460 to the Kardashian-spec W463, I love them all. The do-everything utility SUV from Mercedes-Benz that’s brash but can also be handsome in its own sort of quirky way. Designed by a team who were only allowed to use straight-edge rulers, the G has been kicking around it’s same basic shape since 1979. Everything from tiny four cylinder diesels to massive twin-turbo V12s that are more valuable than the GDP’s of some small countries have been in this thing. Unfortunately, Mercedes never graced the US with it’s G-Wagen gifts until 2002 and unlike almost every other mass produced Benz, the G seems to depreciate to a certain point in the mid-$20,000 range and never go any lower. The dreams of picking up a 2002 G500 for $9,500 will be just that — dreams — unless you are conformable buying half a G, in which the other half was involved in a large fire.  So importers have loading up the ships with handfuls European-spec Gs, spray painting the under body with three coats of black paint to hide the rust, throwing them on eBay with vague photos and descriptions then hoping the winner has a bad back and can’t crawl under it to check it out himself. Today’s featured G doesn’t seem to be that case. A wonderful 3-door 280GE located in Delaware could be a great buy for someone. As long as they don’t enjoy using drive-thrus.

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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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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 280GE

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As much as I think all the fancy AMG G55s and G63s I see around (not to mention the unobtanium G63 6-wheeler) are interesting thought exercises in mechanical dissonance, I’d much rather have a “real” G-wagen in my garage. Something like this 280GE would do just fine, as it spent much of its life with an off-road guiding company. Hell yes. It looks like the business on big BFGoodrich 33s with a winch and the perfectly-classic light blue. The interior looks nice enough for me, but there are some rust spots that may need attention. Or not, and you can keep driving this thing on and off-road like the badass it is, knowing that a few scuffs just add to its story.

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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

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

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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