2022 Shannons Autumn Timed Online Auction
1993 Mercedes-Benz 290 GD Utility
|Engine||2.8 litre 5-cylinder diesel|
|Body Work||Two Door LWB Tray|
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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class, often called the G-Wagon (short for Geländewagen, "terrain vehicle"), is a four-wheel drive model introduced in 1979 (W460) and actually manufactured by Magna Steyr (formerly Steyr-Daimler-Puch) in Austria and sold by Mercedes-Benz. Originally developed as a military off-roader, today it is a cult car among Benz buyers with ever-more luxurious and performance models added to the line-up. The original W460 workhorse gave way to the W461 in 1992 and shared essentially the same chassis, but with the powertrain of the more civilian-focused
W463 (introduced in 1990). And while the W463 was aimed at the general public, the W461 was (like its 460 predecessor) built specifically for military, public authorities, and non-governmental organisations. The stripped-back military and civilian workhorse models were offered in a bewildering array of body, engine, and specification configurations. During the 1990s, the W461 was offered with a 2.3-litre four in-line petrol engine and a 2.9-litre five in-line diesel engine from 1992 to 2001.
Characterised by its boxy styling, body-on-frame construction and three fully locking differential all-wheel-drive system, the G-Class is one of the longest-produced vehicles in Mercedes Benz’s history, surpassed only by the Unimog.