Production of the G-Class commenced in 1972 under the collective effort of Daimler Benz and Steyr-Daimler-Puch to be developed as a military vehicle. Soon after, civilian models were introduced. Daimler Benz was in charge of styling and created a prototype that would be driven on a variety of harsh terrains such as the Sahara Desert and the Arctic Circle for testing. Production took place in Graz, Austria, where the G-Class would be built almost entirely by hand. The W460 just like the one in discussion came to light in 1979. It became one of the most iconic G-Wagons ever when Mercedes decided to build a custom ‘Popemobile’ for Pope John Paul II during his visit to Germany. The One you see here, however, is a playful soft-top variant that is up for sale in California with just over 47,000 miles on the road.