This is a 1986 Mercedes-Benz 280GE in dove grey over a plaid Recaro interior. It’s equipped with a 2.8-liter, inline six, gasoline engine, mated to an automatic, 5-speed transmission. The 460-series G-wagen, of which this is one, was produced between 1979 and 1991, and was available with a variety of gas and diesel powertrain options. The 2.8-liter six was the most powerful of these, good for 156hp and 166 lb-ft of torque, according to Wikipedia.
Space-saving, folding, jump seats can be found in the rear of the truck, making this 9-passenger vehicle. Other options include factory A/C and power windows. The original stereo has, unfortunately, been replaced.
The odometer shows 32,384 miles. Given that these trucks have a five-digit odometer, however, it’ll take some sleuthing to verify that without corroborating service records. Original owner’s and service manuals are included. Perhaps there’s a clue there.
This 80s-era G-wagen is being offered for $34,950 and is located in Bellevue, Washington. Now $35k is pushing right up against used G500 money. This one is more charming and, with its smaller wheels, more ready for off-road duty, than its newer brothers but you’ll be missing out front and rear heated seats. Don’t think you’re going to get better mileage though. Gas mileage for both the six and the eight-cylinder models is a pump-wrenching 12–14 mpg.
More photos and the original ad text after the jump.
Original ad text:
A cult favorite among classic off-road enthusiasts, the 280 GE is a fascinating alternative to Land Cruisers or Land Rovers of the same era. This example is a four-door long-wheelbase station wagon model that has been fastidiously cared for since new. It is presented in Light Grey over a Grey interior that features factory Recaro seats, and the odometer represents what is believed to be just 32,382 original miles.
Beginning with the Daimler-Puch Gelandewagen in 1979 and continuing to the modern Mercedes-Benz G-Class, this G-Wagen’s overall designed hasn’t changed much. The utilitarian design, four-wheel drive and three locking differentials made the G-Wagen an instant hit with the off-road community and that popularity continues to this day.
The W460-generation was available in six available trim levels, from the base 230 G, to the popular 280 GE seen here. This 280 GE features a gasoline-powered, fuel-injected 2.8L inline-six under the hood that was rated at 150hp/166lb-ft. The engine is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission, which was a standard feature for the first time in 1986. As would be expected with just 32,000 miles driven, this 280 GE runs and drives excellently with smooth power and seamless gear changes.
Inside, this car features fabulous grey plaid upholstery on the front seats, middle bench seat and door panels, and the rear cargo area is equipped with fold-down jump seats. A double-pannel solar insulated roof helps keep the heat off the cabin and the original audio system has been supplanted by a modern system with a satellite radio-capable Alpine AM/FM audio receiver and premium Alpine speakers. Otherwise, this Gelandewagen is all stock and original with features that include factory air conditioning, power windows, a rear-mounted spare, black fender arches, headlamp brush guards, a front tow hook and rear trailer hitch.
Included with this 280 GE is an original owner’s manual, Alpine audio guide and two keys.
eBay does not recognized European vin numbers: This is the vehicle ID number: WDB46023317049180 Car Fax does and you can view the car fax report.