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.
The Piano Black W460 GE variant you see here is a brilliant example of a rare piece of auto craftsmanship that has been appreciated and well preserved over the years. The paint job is pleasing to the eye, especially considering how old the vehicle is. This GE has a black bull bar up front, subtle striping running along the side of its body, added silver grille in the rear, and a custom two-piece soft-top made for it — the hardtop is also included in the sale if that’s more to your preference. The unit sits on BF Goodrich off-road tires. The interior of this vehicle is one of its greatest selling points, as GE’s interior features, such as its dashboard and door panels prove to be a visual testament to the amount of care given to preserving this machine. Leather bucket seats accommodate the front passengers, while vintage bench-style seating is available in the rear. The G also includes an aftermarket radio with Bluetooth connectivity, as well as an upgraded speaker system.
The GE trim runs a 2.3L petrol engine that produces around 125bhp at 5,100rpm and round 192Nm of torque at 4000rpm. The SUV will reach a top speed of 152km/h using a standard manual gearbox. This GE will run either on compressed natural gas or regular fuel.