The debut of a new Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen is doubtful to make a aged one archaic overnight. The new one is a peaceful expansion of a strange W463 model, and Mercedes has stranded as tighten as probable to a classical looks — and copiousness examples of a classical indication are still accessible to select from. They don’t even have to be a many absolute ones, regardless if a stream indication has developed into something of a flesh lorry for parking in front of smart restaurants.
But aged G-wagens don’t unequivocally die, and many decades-old examples are now being restored.
One such G-wagen is this 1990 instance offering on Hemmings: an ex-military 250GD diesel-engined two-door cabrio easy and refitted by Expedition Motor Company. This 250GD, powered by a 2.5-liter inline-five diesel good for 84 hp and 113 lb-ft of torque, perceived a frame-off replacement that enclosed an engine and delivery rebuild, an spindle renovate and a reconstruct of all tools of a braking system. This 250GD also perceived a new tradition interior, new wiring and new cessation components. The list of a work achieved is flattering exhaustive, and it reportedly includes a bare-metal respray of a framework and body, finish with an anti-corrosive authority underneath a new paint. The 4×4 now wears BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A sleepy on blacked-out wheels, in further to copiousness of flare guards and smaller accessories.
The interior has been updated with leather seats, doorway cars and trim.
It’s flattering transparent newness wasn’t a indicate of this resto — this is some-more of a tradition build directed during creation a G-wagen a small some-more complicated and fun to use, with complicated sum designed to make it attractive. Military-spec 250GDs were painfully plain and mostly did not wear all this jewelry, though a updated interior is both a prerequisite and comparatively elementary regulating newer off-the-shelf Mercedes parts.
The price? The seller is seeking “$70,000 firm,” that indeed seems a small light given a work claimed to have been achieved and a several upgrades, only in terms of a hours required. If one were to buy a ex-military 250GD, renovate a engine, delivery and all other systems and afterwards give a lorry a bare-metal respray fundamentally everywhere, we can design a labor hours during a dilettante resto emporium simply eclipsing that figure.
The seller/restorer says that they’ve given a framework and physique a bare-metal respray.
Then again, these things have a strike a pricing honeyed spot, even if something tighten to an overrestoration is attempted. After all, comparison easy G-wagens still have to contest with easy Land Rover Defenders and Toyota FJ40s.
– Jay Ramey is an Associate Editor with Autoweek, and has been with a repository given 2013. Jay also likes to boat and bike.
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