Can’t afford a new G-Wagen? Classic Mercedes G-Class W463 models from Overseas


The debut of the new Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen is unlikely to make the old one obsolete overnight. The new one is a gentle evolution of the original W463 model, and Mercedes has stuck as close as possible to the classic looks — and plenty examples of the classic model are still available to choose from. They don’t even have to be the most powerful ones, regardless if the current model has evolved into something of a muscle truck for parking in front of trendy restaurants.

But old G-wagens don’t really die, and many decades-old examples are currently being restored.

One such G-wagen is this 1990 example offered on Hemmings: an ex-military 250GD diesel-engined two-door cabrio restored 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, received a frame-off restoration that included an engine and transmission rebuild, an axle overhaul and a rebuild of all parts of the braking system. This 250GD also received a new custom interior, new wiring and new suspension components. The list of the work performed is pretty exhaustive, and it reportedly includes a bare-metal respray of the chassis and body, complete with an anti-corrosive primer under the new paint. The 4×4 now wears BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tired on blacked-out wheels, in addition to plenty of lamp guards and smaller accessories.

Can't afford a new G-Wagen? Classic Mercedes G-Class W463 models from Overseas

It’s pretty clear originality wasn’t the point of this resto — this is more of a custom build aimed at making the G-wagen a little more modern and fun to use, with modern details designed to make it attractive. Military-spec 250GDs were painfully spartan and often did not wear all this jewelry, but the updated interior is both a necessity and relatively simple using newer off-the-shelf Mercedes parts.

The price? The seller is asking “$70,000 firm,” which actually seems a little light given the work claimed to have been performed and the various upgrades, just in terms of the hours required. If one were to buy a ex-military 250GD, overhaul the engine, transmission and all other systems and then give the truck a bare-metal respray basically everywhere, we can picture the labor hours at a specialist resto shop easily eclipsing that figure.

Can't afford a new G-Wagen? Classic Mercedes G-Class W463 models from Overseas

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