In the U.S. the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, often called the G-Wagon, is a tough go-anywhere body-on-frame constructed luxury Geländewagen (which in German translates to “cross country vehicle”), that includes no fewer than three locking differentials designed to get itself out of just about any tough off-rood situation.
The G-Wagon can trace its roots back to the mid 1970s when the Shah of Iran (a large investor in Mercedes-Benz) pitched the idea of having Mercedes-Benz build an off-road capable military vehicle. Ironically, Mercedes started offering a civilian version of what became the G-Wagon just months after the fall of the Shah in 1979.
During the first 23 years of production, Mercedes-Benz did not officially offer G-Wagons for sale in the U.S. However, as the company saw the popularity of SUVs grow in the late 1990s combined with the potential profit margins of six-figure prices being lost to Grey-Market importers, Mercedes-Benz launched the 5.0L V-8 powered G-500 version in the United States in 2002.
The 158K mile, Brilliant Silver Metallic over Black Leather 2002 example presented here appears to be a very well cared for specimen since new. Despite its three-owner provenance, the seller states that the CarFax proves this is a dealer-maintained vehicle since new. In addition to its clean condition, we love the fact that other than an upgraded stereo, this G-Wagen has not been modified in any other way.