One of the biggest jumps in values over the past two years has been the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. It seems that no model was spared in the G world, as almost everything saw a spike a value. Pre-2020, finding an early-2000s G500 in decent shape for around $25,000 wasn’t a problem. Now, those trucks are well over $30,000 and it only gets crazier from there. With the pre-2002 imports, things get a little more complicated. Given all of these trucks are imports with varying degrees of condition of specifications, you really only have a ballpark based on recent sales. However, that might only be a handful given their rarity, so values tend to be a bit more suggestive when talking about a fixed asking price. Today’s G, a short wheelbase 300GE, is one of those situations.
Here is something you don’t see everyday. This is the mighty 1956 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 401. Believe it or not, this is actually the third generation of the Unimog, as the Unimog 2010 ran from 1951 to 1953, and the original Unimog 70200 ran from 1949 to 1951. Powerful speed demons these were not. The 401 we are looking at today utilized the diesel OM 636 VI car engine that was factory rated at 25 horsepower and 75 ft-lb of torque. It had a manual gearbox with six forward gears and two reverse – for all those times you are pulling from both direction. This example up for sale in Belgium actually underwent a restoration and is probably one of the nicest example out there. The price? Not as crazy as you would expect.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1956 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 401 at Mecanic Import
When it comes to 80s and early 90s off-roaders, three names come to mind – Mercedes-Benz with the G-Wagon, Land Rover with the Range Rover and Defender models, and Toyota with the 4Runner and Land Cruiser. But one of the more popular and capable off-roaders in the period came from Isuzu, with their stellar Trooper.
The Trooper was sold in the U.S. for two generations between 1983 and, somewhat amazingly, 2002. But one of the more crazy aspects of Trooper history was the number of variants that were produced under other nameplates. Of course, the Trooper was famously re-introduced as a Honda Passport in the last 1990s, as well as under their Acura brand as the SLX model. Neither were particularly successful. But the badge engineering was far from over there.
In some parts of South America, the Trooper retained its name, but was sold under the Chevrolet nameplate – and it was oddly offered in Asia by Chevrolet dealers as well. In Japan, in addition to a Honda variation and Isuzu’s own sales, Subaru borrowed the Trooper too for their Bighorn model. New Zealand and Australia of course ended up with Holden-badged examples, one of which was called the Monterey. And that name carried to Europe, where the trooper was sold under Vauxhall (UK) and Opel (Continental Europe and Ireland) throughout the 90s. Well, one of those Opel Montereys has made it to the US….
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Opel Monterey RS 4×4 Turbodiesel on eBay
Do you really want a Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² but short about $200,000? Well, I have a solution for you. This is a 2002 G500 up for bid in New Jersey that has been jacked up thanks to a suspension lift and 40 inches. Not to end it there, the body work has been added to mimic a 4×4² thanks to the W463 literally staying the same for the past 15 years. All this sounds pretty good in theory, but put in practice like we see here, I think it’s a disaster. Let me tell you why.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Mercedes-Benz G500 on eBay
Late last year, Mercedes-Benz cooked up one of their craziest creations yet. One part G550 4×4², one part G65 AMG and one part Maybach S650 Cabriolet. They threw all that together and the robots from Affalterbach spit out this thing: the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet. It weighs 7300 pounds, has 621 hp along with 738 lb-ft of torque and will get to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. Every angle of this W463 on steroids is totally ridiculous and we didn’t even open the doors yet. Even more ridiculous? The price tag. I hope you are sitting down.