Lot 106 - 1988 Mercedes-Benz 280 GE
|Odometer reading||90,900 miles|
|Result||Sold - £10,304|
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class or G-Wagon, short for Geländewagen, (cross-country vehicle), is characterised by its boxy styling and body-on-frame construction. It uses three fully locking differentials, one of the few vehicles to have such a feature. The G-Class is still in production and is one of the longest produced Mercedes-Benz in Daimler's history with a span of 32 years. The G-class was developed as a military vehicle from a suggestion by the Shah of Iran and offered as a civilian version in 1979. The first major refinements were introduced in 1981, including an automatic transmission, air conditioning, an auxiliary fuel tank, protective headlamp grills and a cable winch. Fuel injection became available in 1982 when the 230GE was introduced in Turin, along with more comfortable and supportive front seats, auxiliary heating, wider tyres, and fender flares. For 1985, differential locks, central door locking, and a tachometer become standard.
This very original example is presented in metallic grey with cloth ‘Recaro’ interior and comes with automatic transmission, front grill mounted fog lights and a fitted tow bar. It had a ‘short’ engine replacement at 36,562 which is documented in the history file and the odometer is currently showing a mere 90,900 which is very low for such a vehicle of its age. This iconic 4x4 was last used on the road in 2008 and has been dried stored ever since. The present owner has recently carried out a light recommissioning which entailed new brakes, battery and fuel pump and it will come with a new MoT test certificate. The interior is in nice condition with added benefit of having the extra rear seats, therefore offering the nine-seat option which is extremely useful and electric windows to the front and rear. The vehicle comes with its original booklets, manuals, full set of overmats and a copy of its original data sheet. These 4x4 from Mercedes-Benz have reached ‘cult’ status amongst enthusiasts and this genuine example is devoid of some of those additions which most find unattractive.
Interested parties should note that this vehicle was running prior to its delivery but needs re commissioning and cannot be driven away from the auction venue.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.