Mercedes-Benz Encased A 1979 G-Class In Amber At The Detroit Show

With the all-new Mercedes G-Class now revealed, it’s a good time to have a closer look at the company’s giant cube that has a classic Geländewagen trapped inside.

The amber-colored cube is made out of 44 tonnes of synthetic resin, with a G-Class from its first production year encased in it, symbolizing the timelessness of the German off-road model.

“The amber cube puts the uniqueness of the G-Class in a nutshell”, says Dr Gunnar Güthenke, Head of the Off-Road Vehicle product unit at Mercedes-Benz. “Our cult off-road vehicle has been continuously evolving for nearly 40 years – without losing its character or its core values. Its DNA is stronger than time and than any fashion trend. The cube expresses this to stunning effect and thus embodies the objective for advancing the G-Class.”

The 1979 280GE was enclosed inside the block in a dynamic position to give the impression that it was engulfed and captured while driving off-road, just like insects were trapped by amber millions of years ago.

The block measures 5.5 meters long, 2.55 meters wide and 3.1 meters high. It took 90 days to create the block from 44.4 tonnes of synthetic resin, with the block growing by around 3 centimeters in height every day. Following the Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes will tour the impressive installation around the world, along with the new G-Class.

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  • LJ

    Can you extract its DNA to breed new 1979 G-Class’s?

  • europeon

    44 tonnes of epoxy resin is anywhere between half- and a million USD. Kinda intresting.

    • lagunas3ca

      If you’re trying to sell it to Jurassic Park.

    • Zed68

      “Spared no expense”

  • Dennis Scipio

    showoffs

    • Dennis Scipio

      My point still stands. Smh.

  • LWOAP

    Six million years from now, someone’s going to dig that up and wonder what the hell they are looking at. .

  • KareKakk

    Chuck Norris’ paperweight…

    • Dennis Scipio

      Did you reply to my comment earlier?

  • And it will end up in M-B Museum no doubt.

  • Ary Wisesa

    It’s very beautiful sculpture… I guess it will end up in the museum.

  • jsz00

    Doubt that’s amber

  • Knotmyrealname

    Is it my imagination or does it seem from some views that it’s starting to crack and collapse under it’s own weight? Like the image out the front of the COBO shows a massive flaw in it that is not in other pics.

  • SteersUright

    Rather stunning work of art. Must weigh an absolutely silly amount. Shipping and setting up must cost a fortune.

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