There are very few vehicles I consider to be in the same league as the Toyota Land Cruiser, but today’s Mercedes G-Wagon is one of them. Unfortunately, the modern variant has become a luxury family wagon that’s more likely to be found cruising the mall parking lot than exploring the Sahara, but that wasn’t always the case. The G-Wagon was originally developed and manufactured by Steyr-Daimler-Puch in Austria and then sold by Mercedes as a hardcore military off-roader. This rugged all-terrain vehicle was characterized by its boxy dimensions, body-on-frame design, and legendary 4WD capability (with some models offering front, rear, and center locking differentials). If you’d like a better idea of the G-Wagen’s overlanding potential, check out Scott Brady’s article on the drool-worthy Mercedes Geländewagen Entdecker, or watch him put it through its paces on the Expedition Portal Youtube channel. Today’s 1983 W460 benefits from an OM606 turbo-diesel engine conversion, front and rear locking differentials, premium modifications, and is priced at $93,000.
From the Seller:
“This is as fully mechanical as it can be. To go all the way, you’d have to replace the lights and heater with candles and torches. It’s extremely utilitarian. That said, it’s not a museum piece, either. Like most Gs, you have to slam the doors hard, and it lets you know it’s not messing around. On the trail, it is very comfortable and capable. I believe that the suspension is dialed in for trails and country roads. I haven’t driven it in the snow/winter, so it’s been preserved from the salty Utah, car-destroying winters. I would be confident to drive it across the country if needed as it sits.”
1983 Mercedes G Wagon
The G-Wagon’s original motor has been replaced with a Mercedes OM606 6-cylinder turbo diesel, which from the factory produces between 134-174 horsepower and 155-243 pound-feet of torque depending on the version. A durable engine and drivetrain are mated with legendary go-anywhere capability thanks to 4WD, a 2-speed transfer case, snorkel, front and rear locking differentials, and more. The G-Wagon is decidedly utilitarian inside but does feature air-conditioning, captain’s chairs, third-row jump seats, and under-seat storage.
- Old Man Emu heavy-duty springs and Bilstein B8 5160 shocks
- Custom Raceline Beadlock wheels with BFGoodrich A/T tires
- Front runner roof rack
- ARB Twin air compressor
- Hella lighting
- Profitt’s Resurrection Land Cruisers’ custom dual swing rear bumper
This 1983 Mercedes G-Wagon is listed for $93,000 and is currently located in Park City, Utah. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.
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