- Mileage: 92,081
- Year: 1993
- MOT Expiry: March 2021
- Exterior Colour: Brilliant Silver Metallic
- Interior Colour: Grey Cloth
- Top speed: 103
- 0-60mph: TBC
- BHP: 168
- Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 2960cc
- Engine Configuration: Straight 6
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class, sometimes called the G-Wagen (short for Geländewagen – meaning “terrain vehicle”), is characterised by its boxy styling and body-on-frame construction. It uses three fully-locking differentials and is one of the few production vehicles to have such a feature. Despite the introduction of an intended replacement in 2006, the GL-Class, the G-Class remains in production to this day and is one of the longest produced vehicles in Daimler's history, with a span of 40 years – only the Unimog surpasses it.
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 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.
The first major refinements were introduced in 1981. These included an automatic transmission, air conditioning, an auxiliary fuel tank, protective headlamp grilles, and a cable winch. Fuel injection became available in 1982, when the 230GE was introduced in Turin, along with more comfortable and supportive front seats, auxiliary heating, wider tires and flared arches. For 1985, differential locks, central door locking, and a tachometer became standard, and by 1986 over 50,000 G models had been produced.
For 1990, the G-Class (W460/W461 chassis) was extensively revised, and a new chassis number – W463 – was assigned. The W463 moved the G-Class from a solely utilitarian vehicle to the luxury model we know today. Resultantly, no three-door panel vans or “barn door” variants were offered for W463; those features were exclusive to the W461.
The 1990 facelift included several exterior revisions for a more modern aesthetic. These features included a smoother front end with body-coloured headlamp bezels and grille, a form-fitted front bumper with integrated fog lamps, body-coloured wheel arch flares, the addition of a fuel filler flap, and revised rear lights. The interior was also significantly updated with wood trim and could be specified with leather upholstery for the first time. The centre console was smoothened out and better integrated with the dashboard, the electric differential lock switches were placed prominently in the middle of dash, and the instrument cluster met the dashboard more fluidly. The climate control panel was also revised to include the temperature and fan speed dials, and the seats were plusher with several defined cushions and lumbar support.
Updated specification included ABS and full-time four-wheel-drive with electrically locking differentials. The engines were carried over from the W460/W461 variants and included the 200GE, 230GE, and 300GE – as featured here.
Brilliant Silver Metallic paintwork, Grey cloth upholstery, 18-inch AMG alloy wheels, G36 AMG badging, Air conditioning, ABS, Power steering, Electrically adjustable door mirrors, Electric windows front and rear, Driver and passenger front armrests, Pioneer CD player (not photographed), Folding rear seats, Rubber floor mats, Front and rear tow hooks, Heated rear window, Spare wheel with cover.
This imposing G300 looks great in Brilliant Silver Metallic, its angular lines and wide arches helping to achieve a commanding presence on the road. At the front end there are almost no stone chips to be found, and the colour-coded bumpers are free from damage; the black waistline trim running the length of the vehicle is also in fine order. Looking along both sides the body panels are perfectly straight with even gaps to report. The light clusters are without any cracks or moisture ingress, and amazingly both the body and underside are entirely rust-free.
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The interior is purposeful yet spacious and remains in good order throughout. The grey cloth upholstery has worn extremely well with no sagging or damage to the fabric, and the front seats boast individual armrests for added comfort. In the rear the legroom is particularly spacious for passengers; the seats can also be folded forward completely for a vast rear load capacity. The neutral interior is lifted with wood trim laced across the dashboard, centre console, doors panels, and steering wheel. The carpet is clean and protected in the footwells and boot area with the original plastic overmats.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The G300 is equipped with the 3-litre M103 straight-six. The engine is mated with a four-speed automatic gearbox and three locking differentials, making this Mercedes a very capable off-road vehicle. We have just had the car freshly serviced, fully inspected and MOT’d for the new keeper’s peace of mind.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 18-inch AMG alloys look fantastic beneath the oversized arches. All wheels are in fine order with a smart polished lip and only minimal curb marking to be found. The wheels are shod in a matching set of Maxxis tyres with a good amount of tread remaining. Out on the road the braking system feels competent and strong, pulling the significant weight of the G-Wagen to a standstill quickly and smoothly.
This W463 G300 was first registered in Japan in 1993. It arrived in the UK in 2014 but was soon exported to Spain when it sold to the current owner. The car has now arrived back with us and is available for sale once more, freshly serviced and inspected, with MOT until March 2021.
Having only ever resided on the salt-free roads of Japan and Spain, this particular G-Wagen boasts an amazing rust-free underside, especially when compared to the majority of UK/EU-supplied examples. The odometer reads just 148,190km, which equates to the low mileage of 92,081 miles.
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