Mercedes G Wagon 230 GE “Klaus” 1984 #178
Klaus is a classic example of the 2.3 GE manual petrol engine iconic G Wagon.
Equipped with a five-speed box with the full set of 3 differential locks (front, centre and rear).
Finished in dark metallic blue, this vehicle has an excellent chassis which still shows its original factory paint.
It drives well, has an excellent gearbox, and was fitted with a recently record radiator.
The interior is in the matching factory tartan patterned cloth, and benefits from the optional 3rd row inward facing rear seats behind the 2nd row bench seats.
The vehicle is fitted with a new battery and we are informed was formerly the property of the Ed Sheeran family.
It is showing 58,000 miles, and the wheel arch brow is supplied with the vehicle.
The service book is correctly stamped by notable specialist and there is a large selection of MOTs.
Factory towbar. 2 sets of spare keys.
The G wagon is classed as an SUV (short for Geländewagen, “terrain vehicle”), and SUVs stands for “sports utility vehicle”.
Any car aficionado can relate to the “utility” aspect of the vehicle, but personally we have difficulty in seeing the sports aspect of the design, unless viewed through a cloud of self – medicated recreational pharmaceuticals. The first wooden model was presented to Daimler-Benz management in 1973, with the first drivable prototype beginning various testing including German coalfields, the Sahara Desert, and the Arctic Circle in 1974. This could explain the elegant sporty styling of the G Wagon…. not.
The G-class was developed as a military vehicle from a suggestion by the Shah of Iran (at the time a significant Mercedes shareholder) to Mercedes and offered as a civilian version in 1979. In this role it is sometimes referred to as the “Wolf”. The first military in the world to use it was the Argentine Army beginning in 1981 with the military model 461. None of these made it to the Falklands, though it is believed political dissidents may have been transported to helicopters before being encouraged to freefall of the Argentinian coast.
The development of the G-Class started in 1972 with a cooperative agreement between Daimler-Benz and Steyr-Daimler-Puch in Graz, Austria. Mercedes-Benz engineers in Stuttgart were in charge of design and testing, while the team in Graz developed the production plans. Construction commenced on a new production facility in Graz, where the new cross-country vehicle would be assembled nearly entirely by hand in 1975, with production of the “G Model” beginning in Graz in 1979. In 1980, the Vatican took delivery of a specially made G-Wagen outfitted with a clear thermoplastic top which served as the Popemobile. The “Papa G” later took up permanent residence at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. No choirboys were hurt in the production of this vehicle.
Whatever one may think of the G Wagon, it’s a four-wheel-drive that is brilliantly engineered and has a very strong following and in spite of having the styling of a Teutonic brick and the aerodynamics of a refrigerator on wheels, this car is dramatically rising in value.
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