A little more than a decade has passed since Mercedes-Benz North America decided to finally import it’s legendary Geländewagen and the truck is still in the lineup after 13 years in the market. Before this, it was up to private importers to bring this vehicle to our shores, most notably Europa International out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Before Mercedes started officially importing to the G Wagen to the US, AMG variants were few and far between. This G-Wagen for sale in California began life as a G320 but has been transformed into a G36 AMG, with the AMG 3.6 liter engine supplanted under hood, along with AMG exhaust, 18” AMG wheels and the requisite brush guards for the correct look. If you’ve wanted an AMG G-Wagen but were perhaps a bit weary of the V8 thirst, this clone could be a good compromise.
The 1990s was a time of transition at Mercedes-Benz. Model nomenclature evolved from numbers at the beginning of each model to a letter, Porsche was commissioned for a super sedan in the form of the 500E/E500 and AMG, the engineering firm responsible for a lot of Mercedes-Benz motorsport success and performance oriented street vehicles became a subsidiary under the Three Pointed Star umbrella. Their first official vehicle was the W202 based C36, a compact sports sedan intended to battle for enthusiasts’ wallets right in BMW’s Motorsport backyard. Right before the C36 appeared, an AMG oddity appeared, something that would grab the attention of the burgeoning SUV market: the G36 AMG.
This pumped Geländewagen appeared some years before Mercedes-Benz would flood the US market with G500s, G550s and AMG tuned examples that have become so popular with the rich and famous. With a breathed on 3.6 liter inline-6 under the hood, this G-wagen would give off-roaders a bit more juice when tackling those steep hills with this truck’s renowned three locking differentials.