Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
This is a rare opportunity to own an incredibly cool off-roader that was never 'officially' sold in the USA. Rugged and sporty SUV/pickups like this low-mileage 1993 Mercedes-Benz W461 G-Wagon Turbo Diesel pickup were never sold at your local dealer, but rather imported from across the pond (once in a blue moon) via the grey market, and with increased popularity they're finally starting to find their way Stateside. This beautifully restored/upgraded, unique 4x4 diesel single cab pickup offers a unique blend of upgrades added to the original, super-tough attitude that's the bedrock of the G-Wagon's iconic image. Welcome to America!
You've seen the shape on the plains of Africa, the swamps of South America, and slogging across the tundra in Antarctica; just about the only place this truck doesn't belong is on pavement. However, that's a big part of its appeal, because this is one butch truck. NOBODY kicks sand in the G-Wagon's face, and especially not after the makeover this one received from the pros at G-Mercedes LLC in Utah. It wears a relatively recent coat of military-tough Matte Green paint that is a traditional color for the toughest Landies, Rovers, and Merc's on the planet, and it also gives it an industrial-strength look that's outrageously appealing. Other than a small crack in the paint on the hood and some light scratching on the bumpers, the paint looks great, with a uniform, dialed-in look that's perfect for a top-end driver-quality rig like this. The Benz bodywork is German strong yet still relatively light for a truck this size, and all those right angles and sharp corners were designed to make it easy to service in the field. Finish quality is about what you got from the factory, because this was a truck they knew wouldn't be living a sheltered life. Add the blacked-out fender flares, the roof rack with accompanying shovel, the snorkel mounted on the A-pillar, and the spare and jerry can mounted in the bed, and you have a truck that's ready for just about anything. Of course, it's so clean and the miles are so low (34,229 actual) that looking good is probably the only challenge it's ever faced, because this truck sure doesn't look like it's been brutalized on the trail. And if you want to use this Merc like a real truck (in the American sense of the word), the bed is more than capable with drop-down gates all around and a durable floor that can handle anything you throw at it.
The interior is remarkably civilized, with great-looking green buckets that are all-day comfortable and wear like iron. The inside of the cabin and floors were coated with protective paint and thick vinyl mats were laid down on the ground, so it's durable and maintenance-free, and the engineers in Deutschland clearly know a thing or two about making things functional. Simple door panels are at the flanks, a taut headliner is up top, and the durable dash is pure '80 nostalgia. There's a meaty steering wheel at the helm, and big, bold gauges just ahead of it, along with simple controls for the new HVAC system that blows ice cold air. Shifters for the 5-speed manual transmission and transfer case split the front seats, and the only notable addition to the cabin is the pop-out Pioneer double-din stereo that powers upgraded speakers in the door panels. The rear glass slides open when you don't want to use the A/C, and custom LED lighting in the door panels help light the way inside. Simple and to the point, yet very practical and comfortable, could you really ask for anything else?
Power comes from Merc's long-running 2.9-liter 5-cylinder diesel that was swapped-in during the restoration, and it's so darn tough it will run on just about any combustible liquid you can find out in the middle of nowhere. Reliable and torquey, it serves the G-Wagon quite well and with proven durability in the most remote areas of the globe, you should have no worries about getting to your destination. Furthermore, it runs on a mechanical fuel pump and only the simplest of wiring through the 24-volt dual gel-cell battery system, so it has great EMP-resistance that's ready to survive a nuclear fallout. It's been properly maintained and remains quite stock with signs of recent service throughout, and it's so clean we'd wager it's never even seen a puddle. The 5-speed manual transmission and transfer case permit decent highway cruising and low-speed crawling with equal success, and the heavy-duty suspension and high ground-clearance permit it to crawl over boulders the size of Volkswagens without sustaining any damage. The factory-extended 3.12 meter wheelbase, reinforced frame, and extra-wide front and rear axles put this G-Wagon pickup over the top, with off-roading credentials unrivaled by anything this side of a HUMVEE. Paint-matched steel wheels with Mercedes Tri-Star center caps finish off the tough look and wear 255/85/16 Toyo M/T off-road tires with incr
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