Cancel That Gladiator – There’s An Army-Spec G-Class Pickup For Sale

Sometimes it’s tough to remember that there was a time when the Mercedes G-Class was considered a raw utility vehicle that could tackle almost any obstacle instead of a status symbol. Until you come across this gorgeous military-spec W461 pickup truck and it all comes back.

This is a 1993 250GD W461, the very rare single-cab pickup truck version of the G-Class, created mainly for military use. It’s powered by the virtually indestructible OM602 five-cylinder diesel that’s paired to a four-speed manual gearbox with a low range transfer box.

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The seller has added a turbo kit which supposedly “makes a huge difference in power”, along with a bigger pump. Four-wheel drive is of course present, as are locking differentials on both axles.

Despite being an ex-army vehicle, the truck appears to be in a truly excellent condition, with all the body panels arrow straight and not a hint of rust anywhere. Of course the relatively low (for its age) mileage might have to do something with that, as the truck has covered just 38,663 km (around 24k miles).

The spartan interior is worlds apart from what the G-Class gets these days, but it’s got a totally different kind of appeal: the seats are finished in hard-wearing vinyl, the door cards are as plain as they can get, while if you want music for the road, you’d better start singing or use your smartphone – there’s no radio installed. The only concession to creature comforts is an under-dash air-conditioning system.

The long bed comes with three drop-down sides and there’s a spare wheel mounted between it and the cab. A set of original 16-inch steel wheels wrapped in off-road ready tires complete the original looks.

Arguable the most utilitarian iterations of the G-Class, this 250GD, which is located in Utah, is offered for sale on eBay for a rather cool $62,000. Sure, you can always get a brand new Jeep Gladiator, but that’s nowhere near as exclusive (or heritage-rich) as the Merc.

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  • Bash

    Yeah, I don’t know why would anyone cancel the gladiator for this crap. It’s good… but crap.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I’d like a two-door Gladiator in mil-spec but the really long one with the weak frame rails and Krysler Kwality? No.

  • Sovereignty

    No thanks, the Gladiator looks awesome.

    • Six Thousand Times

      It’s too long and with those weak frame rails, I’m not sure how long you’d own it until it broke in half.

      • Sovereignty

        There’s only one way to find out and I’m prepared to take the risk.

        • Six Thousand Times

          With Khrysler Kwality, it’s not a question of if but when.

          • Sovereignty

            It could be worse, it could be a Ford.

          • Six Thousand Times

            There’s nothing worse than Chrysler/Dodge/RAM/Jeep. Obviously, FIAT didn’t bring anything to the table, QC-wise. I can say that my ‘16 Mustang (1st American car for me) has been 100% trouble free. Everyone I know who has a Jeep is very intimate with their service techs.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I love these as mil-spec but hate them in baller spec.

  • Christian Wimmer

    A buddy of mine had an ex-army 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300GD. They’re awesome in their own way. Slow, loud, unrefined, uncomfortable – but they have character. It’s a car for an off-road purist/enthusiast.

    I could not live with it on a daily basis, but he could.

  • ME

    I think it would be cool to own one of these. Maybe the seats need to be upgrade for more comfort but the West German country at the time made solid vehicles at the time, perhaps more rigid than today’s Jeeps.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I wish someone would produce a modern version of this, keeping the retro look but giving it a modern powertrain and amenities for under $20,000. It would be a best-seller, especially if it had a fuel-efficient, yet capable engine.

  • sidewaysspin

    These are sh-te old cars that are only overhyped because of the brand!

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