Initially designed as a military vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class served time in the hands of different armed or rescue forces worldwide – and was, of course, a buyers’ favorite. It was, and still is, a very capable off-roader, but even the best have to retire at some point.
While some examples were less fortunate, others, including this 230 GE, are ready to serve private owners for the rest of their lives. Lorinser Classic is responsible for breathing new life into it, with the German Merc tuner putting a €39,500, or $44,638 at today’s exchange rates, price tag on it.
So, what do you get in return for paying about as much as a new Mercedes-Benz GLC? An ex Swiss army 1993 G-Class powered by a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 116 PS (114 hp / 85 kW) that’s mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox. It has a 3-door body style and seating for up to six inside, including two at the front and the rest on the rear benches. Not very fast, mind you, with that puny engine, but very far off road – in fact, much further than you ever thought possible.
Lorinser Classic completely repainted the SUV in matte black, fitted it with a red soft top, 16-inch rims with BFGoodrich all-terrain tires, daytime running lights, winch and others, and reupholstered the interior. Thus, this ex-military G-Class is ready to take its new owner, along with his squad, pretty much anywhere, regardless of how challenging the terrain may be.
And one more thing: this G-Class lacks the Mercedes logos, but that’s normal, as it used to be sold as the Puch G in certain European markets, including Switzerland and Austria.