Short for Geländewagen – which translates to “all-terrain vehicle” or “SUV” – the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon began development in 1972, with the company aiming to produce a rugged, utility-grade military vehicle that goes anywhere. And while the current G-Wagon – or “G-Wagen” – is now a genuine luxury SUV – as well as a rolling status symbol – there is still massive demand for original military examples like this 240GD from generation W460 which is currently auctioned in the UK.
This 1987 ex-military 240GD was originally sold to the Singapore Army, before being more recently exported to the UK where it now resides. Shown in original condition, the German-made 4×4 is decked out in OD Green paint with black trim. Trimmed in dark green vinyl, the 240GD’s interior features a two-bar steering wheel, fold-down rear seats, tailgate-mounted spare wheel, front and rear seat belts and rear cargo bay storage.
Riding on a set of 16-inch black steel wheels wrapped in Michelin 4×4 O/R tires, the truck also sports a locking rear differential, headlight guards, front tow hitches and pintle hook of trailer. At the heart of this classic military vehicle is a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter ‘OM616’ diesel inline-four engine, mated to a four-speed manual transmission and good for 71 hp. Despite leaving the factory three and a half decades ago, this 240GD specimen has racked up just over 9,000 miles in its lifetime.
Located in West Yorkshire UK, this 1987 Generation W460 Mercedes-Benz 240GD is currently up for auction by Collecting Cars where, at the time of writing, bidding has reached £17,000 (~19,575 $) with less than a day remaining. on sale.