This matte-black, milspec G-wagen, a 1990 Mercedes-Benz/Puch 230GE, is the the upmarket G500’s bare-bones, older cousin. While locking front, rear, and center differentials, and legendary off-road capabilities, are baked into the G-wagen DNA, you’ll have do without the brawny V8, and front-and-rear heated, leather seats in this version.
Power, in this case, comes from a 2.3-liter, 4-cylinder, gasoline engine good for 125 hp and 141 lb-ft of torque. Whether that’s enough to motivate a long wheelbase (LWB) G-wagen, you’ll have to determine with a test drive. Out back it’s configured as a soft-top with seating for six, most likely via two, long, folding, bench seats (in addition to the two seats in the front, of course). The transmission is a 4-speed manual.
Mileage is listed as 69,300 km, but, if the odometer has only five digits, look carefully around the truck for wear to make sure the odo. hasn’t been rolled over. One good place to check are the rubber pads on the foot pedals. On a high-mileage car, they’ll be quite worn. Also make sure the odometer is running consistently and doesn’t cut out after five miles or so.
It’s listed at CN$26,500, which is a significantly higher price than I’ve seen elsewhere online (check the links below). If it’s a nice example though, you’ll surely be able to negotiate.
The truck is located in Vancouver, Canada, and is one year away from legal import status to the US (the 25-year rule).
Special thanks to WCXC reader Clay R. for spotting this one for us.
EDIT: Craigslist link fixed.
More photos after the jump.
Craigslist: 1990 MERCEDES / PUCH Military G-wagen
WCXC: G-wagens previously posted on Spotted
Swiss Army Vehicles: G-wagen page
GWOA (G-Wagen Owners Asso.): 230GE Buying Advice forum post
Steel Soldiers: 230 GE advice forum post